Before I was engaged, I always knew I wanted to make Save the Dates a part of my stationery suite. I liked getting Save the Dates in the mail. Not only did they signal an upcoming wedding, but also gave me plenty of time to make arrangements to be out of the office and travel if necessary. Why would I settle for anything less for my own guests? So this week, I finally dropped all my Save the Dates in the mail and I couldn’t have been more excited!
I admit, Save the Dates aren’t always necessary. If the majority of your guests are in town or your wedding isn’t over a popular holiday weekend, then word of mouth may suffice. But if you are having a destination wedding or most of your guests will have to travel to attend, Save the Dates are recommended and they don’t have to cost a fortune.
One way to cut down on costs for Save the Dates is to send them by e-mail. E-mail Save the Dates, invitations, and RSVPs are becoming more popular, but not necessarily the best way to go about corresponding with your guests. Keep in mind that not all of your guests may have access to a computer or the Internet. The method I used was postcards. You can save a bundle on postage by sending a simple Save the Date postcard that has a cute picture on the front and a little copy on the back. Then your guests can just stick it on the fridge or put it on their calendar. I made mine myself using simple publishing software and had them printed. It was super easy.
When Should You Send Your Wedding Save the Dates?
If cost isn’t an issue, the sky’s the limit! You can do magnets, photo booth layouts, kits, wherever your imagination takes you. There are plenty of sites online that can help you design and print your own creations or you can use one of their templates. The main consideration when thinking about Save the Dates is when you are going to send them. Six to eight months from the wedding is usually the norm. You don’t want to send them too far from the wedding, but you don’t want to send them too close to the wedding because you might as well just send the invitation. You also want to give your guests plenty of time to make arrangements at work and book travel.
So save the date for the Save the Dates and give your guests a heads up about your big day!