Creating a Digital 8-Bit Pixel Art Save the Date Design

Over the past few months I’ve spent a good amount of time working on pixel art designs and animations with my buddy Otep. We’ve gotten a good amount of orders and it’s been a lot of fun to see the evolution of the different types of 8-bit pixel art designs people have asked us to create.

Save the Date Pixel Art

One of the latest requests we got was to create an 8-bit pixel art save the date card for a couple from Malta who is planning on getting married in October. They initially messaged me with some design ideas and thoughts on how they wanted it to be laid out.

Mark and Chiara decided to go digital with their save the date design

Mark was my main contact for the design and I could tell that he had already put a good amount of thought into it. He sent me his hand-drawn concept, examples of other designs he liked, and plenty of shots of him and his fiancé Chiara.

Save the date design

Mark sent me a very detailed design of what he wanted

This is the floppy disk he wanted to have in the save the date design

Going Digital with a Save the Date Announcement

After talking to Mark I thought that it was interesting that he wasn’t planning on printing out his save the date design, but instead was going to post it on Facebook to a select set of people who he was going to invite to his wedding in October.

Traditionally most couples go old school and decide to print out and mail their save the date cards, but doing it this way on Facebook is much easier and saves some time and money. Plus, at this point everyone’s friends are on Facebook, so if you post it only to the people who are invited, it’s an efficient way to get the job done.

Also, I’m sure they’re going to physically mail out their standard wedding invitations at some point, so this is a way to get the word out about saving the date without having to ship one more thing to a few hundred people.

Design Options

As I’m sure you can tell, Mark knew the type of design that he wanted for his save the date pixel art, but it still took some back and forth to really nail it. I wanted to make sure it was exactly how he wanted since I knew this was really important to him and Chiara.

It took a few revisions, but eventually we landed on a great design that he was happy with and I could tell that he was excited to send it out to his friends and family. Here are a few of the designs that eventually led us to getting to the final version.

Version 1 – all blue pixel letters and Chiara in pants/shirt


Version 2 – blue disk, Chiara in a dress, and a heart with cursive writing


Version 3 – blue disk, magenta heading, Chiara in dress, and pixel writing

Posting the Save the Date on Facebook

Once we locked down the final design, Mark posted it on Facebook to the people he wanted to invite to his wedding. I had him tag me in the post as well so I could see how everyone reacted to it, which was a lot of fun to watch.

It’s Facebook official — let the likes begin!

From what I can tell, everyone really liked it and I’m super happy with how it all came out. I also learned that awguri means “best wishes” or “good luck” in Maltese (which you can see in the screenshot of the Facebook post). In the end, this design took some work, but the look is fun and 8-bit pixel art save the date designs are really unique. Who knows, now that I’ve done one, maybe someone else will come along and want one, too.

I guess the only question now is if I’ll be helping design their wedding invitations? 💒