Once you get engaged, everyone always asks you if you have set the date. A great way to let your friends and family know about your wedding plans is to send out “Save the Date” announcements. A Save the Date lets your guests know about your upcoming wedding in advance so they can keep the date open.
Not every couple sends out Save the Dates but in certain situations, they are very helpful to your guests. You should consider Save the Dates if you have guests that will be traveling to your wedding, if you are getting married on a holiday weekend or during a busy season so your guests have ample time to make travel arrangements.
The Save the Date should include the most essential information but you should also be careful not to give to many details since things can change as your wedding date approaches. The essential information that you should include is both of your names, the date of your event and the location of your event (name only). You should also include “Invitation to follow” at the bottom of the card.
In addition to the including only the most essential information, there are other things you should keep in mind when sending out your Save the Dates:
The Do’s and Don’ts of Save the Dates:
Send your Save the Dates about six to nine months prior to your wedding day. This is to ensure that your guests have plenty of time to plan for traveling and make further arrangements. If you are having a destination wedding, they should be sent out nine months to one year prior to your wedding.
Send your Save the Dates immediately after your engagement (unless you have booked your venue and your date is close in time).
Send your Save the Dates to anyone that you would definitely like to attend your wedding.
Send your Save the Dates to people who you are unsure if you should invite or not. It is extremely rude to send a Save the Date to someone and then never send them an invitation. The basic rule is that everyone who receives a Save the Date gets invited to the wedding.
Notify guests if there is any changes after your Save the Dates are mailed out.
Enclose confetti in your Save the Date envelope. While the idea of including confetti may sound fun, imagine your guests reaction if the confetti makes a mess when they open the envelope.
Put enough information on your Save the Date! You should include the date, your names, and the location since you do not want your guest’s to wonder when or where your wedding is.
Go too off color with your Save the Dates, as they are a symbol of your beautiful wedding to come. You want to impress your guests.
When designing your Save the Dates, it is important to consider what kind of a feeling you would like to evoke about your wedding. Many couples choose to put a picture of themselves on their Save the Dates, while others opt for a classic, elegant card. Another option is a magnet or a postcard. You can be creative with your Save the Dates and incorporate your wedding colors or you can match your Save the Dates to your invitations. In making your selections, remember to accentuate tastefulness and elegance, while still making it your own.
Of course Save the Dates are not a required part of the wedding process, however they are an outstanding way to inform your company of your special day earlier and are generally a convenient way of doing so.