Friday, December 23rd, 2011 by Faye

Save The Date!

Oooh la la! You picked a wedding date and you booked your venue! Now you need to start lining up those wedding guests. The first step is sending out save-the-date cards to make sure all your friends and family are in the know.

What is the Save-The-Date card? It’s simple really, a small note telling guests they will be invited to your big day and when and where the event is taking place. Save-the-dates should only be sent to people you’re sure you are going to invite to the wedding. For anyone who could get cut from the final invite list, forgo the save-the-date to avoid hurt feelings.

Standard information includes…

-Your names

-The date of the wedding

-City or town where the wedding will take place

-A small line which reads, “Invitation and details to follow,” because save-the-dates are a new trend and some might confuse them with the actual wedding invitation.

-If you already have a wedsite include the url

Why bother, aren’t invitations enough? Not in the busy go-go-go world we live in today! You need to give guests time to plan, take off work, and arrange for travel. A good rule is the farther your guests are traveling the further in advance they need the save-the-date. For most weddings four-to-six months before the wedding is perfect. Destination weddings require 9-12 months warning and should include more information about the destination, lodging, and travel requirements. If your destination wedding takes place during a busy season or in a crowded tourist area make sure you include hotel names, phones numbers, rates, and information about blocked rooms.

Save-the-date cards are usually simple (very DIY-friendly), low-cost, done with offset printing, and informal. But, since it’s a new wedding trend the rules are still being written and you can do nearly anything you like! Feel free to stray from your wedding’s style and do something totally different, like a save-the-date video you can treasure forever. Popular Save-The-Date styles are postcards, magnets, booklets, or traditional note cards. Remember, you only need to send one to each household, not each guest; forget and you will over spend on printing and postage.