Your Wedding Guide: Save the Date Cards
Wedding Save the Date Cards
As engagement season is getting ready to get into it’s peak, you need to keep in mind the printed wedding materials you are going to need. Besides Engagement Party Invitations, the Save the Dates are the first printed materials most couples are going to need in their wedding suite.
Save the Dates are the cards that let your guest prepare for your upcoming wedding. They are meant to give your guest ample amount of time to plan to attend your wedding. I hope to answer any question you may have about Save the Date cards below.
When should you send Save the Date Cards?
Typically Save the Date Cards are sent six months before the wedding. If you are having a destination wedding or a wedding close to a holiday, these cards should be sent 8 months before the wedding date.
What kind of Save the Dates should I send?
The Save the Dates are the piece of your wedding suite that you can use to truly capture the personality of your relationship. Save the Dates come in all different forms from postcards, magnets, cards with one photo, or trifolds with many photos. Use this opportunity to let your style and excitement about your upcoming wedding shine through.
Who should I send Save the Date Cards to?
You should send everyone you have on your guest list a Save the Date Card. Remember that once the Save the Date is in the mail there is no going back, so make sure whoever you send the cards to you really want at your wedding.
Do I have to send Save the Date Cards?
You can do whatever you would like to, it is your wedding! Save the Date Cards are a courtesy to your guest though. Alerting guests of your wedding only a few weeks before may result in a guest already having plans on the date of your wedding, but feel obligated to attend your wedding. You have put them in a predicament that they wouldn’t have been in if you sent them a Save the Date Card six months ahead of time.
What information should be included on the Save the Date Cards?
At this point you may not know all the specifics of the big day and that okay! You will only need to include as much information as you know. Of course the names of the couple getting married and the date of the wedding will need to be included. Other information that isn’t required but nice to have on the card is the location of the wedding (if you don’t know the venue yet, including a city is nice for people to start planning) and notice that a formal invitation will follow.
Does the Save the Date Cards have to match the Wedding Invitation?
Absolutely not. Many brides may not even know what they want their invitations to look like yet when the Save the Dates are made and that’s perfectly fine! The Save the Dates are an opportunity for the couple to make the guest excited about attending their wedding. Including a picture from an engagement session is becoming popular. If you know what colors you are using in the wedding it would also be a good idea to try to incorporate those on your Save the Dates, but it’s not absolutely necessary.
What about Electronic Save the Dates?
Although technology is moving way up in the world, we believe that Save the Dates should still be mailed. Using email for informal events like a bachelorette party, bridal luncheon, etc. are fine. If you are informing people about the date of your wedding, having something that someone can put on their fridge and see everyday to remember is the best way to go. Although it is ultimately up to the couple. If you do choose to email Save the Dates just make sure to have some printed and mailed to the older guests of your wedding.
Below are some examples of Save the Date Cards Nu expression has designed.
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