May 13, 2020
Keep them simple - your guests don’t need to know your choice of venue yet or the schedule of your day. They only need to know the basic details so that they can start to make their plans.
A fifth W could be your wedding website as this can be a convenient way to pass extra information to your guests.
Your save the date can be as formal or informal as you choose.
It is always a good idea to put ‘Invitation to follow’ at the bottom of your save the date as this will make sure that guests know that they don’t need to RSVP.
It is usual to send them 6 months to a year before your wedding date - basically as soon as you have your date and venue confirmed, especially if you are getting married abroad or in peak holiday season. They certainly aren’t essential but they will increase the likelihood of your guests’ chances of attending your celebration.
There are so many different styles of save the dates to choose from - postcard, digital print, letter press, foil press, the list is endless. One of our favourites is the post card style. It is quirky and cool and lends itself well to retro, vintage, rustic and playful type styles. It has the added bonus of not requiring an envelope to be sent.
Letter press save the dates are classically elegant and strikingly beautiful.
Foil press save the dates are stunning and wonderful, who doesn’t love a little sparkle?
If you are having a wedding where numbers are going to be quite tight and you have an A list and a B list (where the B list depends upon how many of the A list can or can’t attend) it might be an idea to put ‘we’d love to have you at our special day but if you know you won’t be able to attend, please let us know.’ This way you’ll be able to send your save the date cards to your b list guests pretty quickly so that they won’t know what list they were on.
What you eventually decide to put on your save the date cards is completely up to you - there are no hard and fast rules. However, there are some generally accepted areas to avoid:
Above all else, enjoy each and every part of planning your wedding day, it is a very special time indeed.
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