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Royal watchers find it impossible to forget the importance of April 29, 2011, but any "commoners" planning a wedding may need to give their guests a bit more of a reminder. Using Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding next spring as inspiration, we asked a few of our favorite stationers, calligraphers and artists to create a save-the-date card just for the prince and his bride-to-be as an example of how inventive you can get. Browse through our gallery to view these majestically clever concepts, from fun to formal.



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7 Creative Save-the-Date Card Ideas

Display photos from your courtship through the engagement on a handy little magnet to decorate guests' fridge until the big day arrives. This adorable design from Magnet Street makes it impossible for friends and family to forget your smiling faces -- or the date of your "I do's." Go for a montage (like Will and Kate's adventures, shown here) or just one great image that's worth a thousand words.

7 Creative Save-the-Date Card Ideas

Before they depart for your wedding destination, give guests a lay of the land -- and a taste of the excitement to come. This clever hand-drawn map save-the-date by Laura Hooper Calligraphy pinpoints London's important wedding locations, from Westminster Abbey to Buckingham Palace. Hooper can lend her artistic flair to a map customized with landmarks and icons in any location, from Seattle to Southampton. And if you love the map concept, try continuing it in invites, stamps or welcome bags.

7 Creative Save-the-Date Card Ideas

For a playful twist on a photo, try an artful silhouette. Designer Vana Chupp's Le Papier Studio sleek silhouette save-the-date and wedding invites show the happy bride and groom in profile, like these striking likenesses of Will and Kate. Chupp can customize a silhouette based on your photo and incorporate it into one of her modern designs or in a more traditional format.

7 Creative Save-the-Date Card Ideas

Get your guests excited for the big day with save-the-dates that go beyond the who, what and when to also tell your story in pictures and words. Minibooks from Minted consist of several pages with plenty of room to tell the story of how you met, your engagement, or info for the wedding weekend and travel details. The inside pages leave room for more snapshots, but opt for your favorite photo on the cover -- like this engagement portrait of Will and Kate, taken by Mario Testino.

7 Creative Save-the-Date Card Ideas

A retro-looking save-the-date, like this letterpress design from Hello!Lucky, gives a wedding a sweet vintage flair. Kate and Will could opt for this cheeky London version featuring the city's famous double-decker buses to announce their British fete. Hello!Lucky has options from Vegas to Paris, but cool antique-ish cards are available for just about any destination -- you may just have to do a little digging.

7 Creative Save-the-Date Card Ideas

Fancy something a bit more proper? Stylish couples faced with traditional requirements should turn to Ceci New York's thoroughly modern but tasteful twists on a formal save-the-date. Designer Ceci Johnson used the sapphire sparkle of Kate's engagement ring as inspiration, paired with a sophisticated palette of gold and silver and hand calligraphy befitting the prince and future princess (printed on thick, luxurious paper). For an additional touch of couture, Ceci New York will even create a crest for your "royal" family.

7 Creative Save-the-Date Card Ideas

A picture-perfect illustration, like this Astrid Mueller bespoke bridal sketch inspired by Prince William and Kate Middleton (featured on a folded card printed by Letterpress Light), announces your sweet style to the world. Mueller created an original crest as a special embellishment on Kate's gown, but non-royals can dream up other possibilities, from your favorite outfit to the family pet, to make the drawing their own. Once guests are wowed by this artistic save-the-date, consider using your custom-made drawing on the entire stationery suite.

7 Creative Save-the-Date Card Ideas




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