So you have a pretty little ring and maybe even have a fabulous dress and it’s time to start thinking about inviting your guests. Many couples send out Save the Dates! I personally feel that a Save the Date is an essential piece of your wedding stationery. It gives your guests a heads up well enough in advance to start planning for the big day too. Airlines tickets are usually cheaper when purchased early. So you are really just being helpful! It also sets the tone of your wedding, will it be country chic in a big old barn, black tie with champagne toast, or a lovely garden party? There are many different styles and printing options available to accommodate your wedding theme and budget. I prefer to have the Save the Date match the invitations but it’s not required. Here are some tips and points to consider when designer or working with a designer on your Save the Dates:
When do I send out Save the Dates?
- 6-7 months before the wedding. If you have a lot of out-of-town guests, your wedding falls on a holiday weekend, or the event will take place in a town with few hotels, early notice will be greatly appreciated. Guests that need to fly in can start searching for the best prices as well as book affordable and convenient accommodations. If all of your guests are local you can push the mail date out a little but no less than 5 months prior. Don’t forget to leave yourself time once your Save the Dates have been printed for addressing and mailing. ** Check with the Post Office to make sure you are using enough postage.
Who should I mail a Save the Date to?
- One Save the Date for each household you are inviting including your wedding party and both sets of parents. Remember if you had an engagement party all the people invited to that party should be included on your Save the Date list as well. Don’t skip people just because you already told them the date. I suggest ordering 12 extra just incase your invite list changes. It’s almost always cheaper to order a few extra upfront then to reorder down the road.
Do I include plus one’s and children?
- Yes! You are letting the guest know if children are welcome or if it’s better to find a sitter. You are also letting all your single friends know if they can bring a dance partner. I personally made this mistake when addressing my Save the Dates. Eek! Thank goodness my friends and family are so understanding. The Knot is a great place to go find tons of information on everything bridal including how to proper address envelopes.
What should my Save the Date say:
- -The couples names. You can be informal and just use first names.
- -The date: duh!
- -Where the wedding will take place. You will probably have a venue reserved at this point but if not just the City and State will do.
- -Add “Formal Invitation to Follow” so there is no mistaking the Save the Date for the actual invitation.
- -If you have a wedding website then include the URL. The website is a great place to put all sorts of details about the wedding. ie, the bridal party, the weekend events, near by hotels, where you are registered and whatever else you can think of. The Knot has free beautifully designed websites that are so easy to use. All you have to do is pick a design and fill out the information. You can choose to upgrade to a custom URL for $19.99. If you don’t have your website ready when your Save the Dates are printed don’t worry you can always include an info card in the invitation with the URL on it.
So much to consider and so many decisions to make! Don’t get overwhelmed or worry about making mistakes, chances are your guests won’t notice anyways! It’s your wedding have some fun! Next up… The Invitations!