What Is a Save The Date Card?
Save the date cards are pre-invitations that are used to officially announce your wedding date and important details.
Why Send A Save-The-Date?
Not all couples should send a save the date. Only those who have guests travelling which would entail additional costs to the guest, or the date is during a competitive holiday/vacation time. Save the dates are becoming more common as we see the long weekend wedding and destination wedding take of in popularity. If the majority of your guests will be travelling which may include booking cars, hotels, ﬂights etc., a save the date card is not only polite but increases the chances of them being able to make the necessary arrangements to attend your wedding.
When Do You Send A Save-The-Date?
While there are no hard and fast rules, sending the notiﬁcation anywhere from 9-7 months prior to the wedding will do. Your guests who will be travelling far will appreciate more notice so they have plenty of time to book their travel accommodations, save money, get days off work or even arrange for child care. Sending save the dates after 6 months may as well be a wedding invitation.
Who Gets A Save-The-Date?
Only send a save the date to the ‘for sures’ on your guest list. Once it’s in the mail there is no taking it back. Be clear about who is being invited, which we know can be tricky so far in advance. Include actual names on the envelope rather than ‘Smith Family’ to be clear whether or not kids are invited as it may impact their arrangements. If you’re not sure, hold on to it…they don’t all need to go out at once.
What To Include On Your Save-The-Date?
You may want to include travel information if you are having a destination wedding. Including a link to your wedding website is a great way for people to keep up to date on wedding plans. Typically Save The Date cards do not contain more information than a wedding date, your names, and location….but whose doing typical anymore?
We’ve seen couples get creative with refrigerator magnets, luggage tags with the wedding date and even photo booth postcards.
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