Sending wedding save the dates is one of the first things you’ll cross off your planning to do list. But before you can do that, there are a few things you have to know! You're probably asking yourself, “What is there to know?” I mean, it seems easy enough, right? Well, it is a bit more complicated than just selecting an engagement photo, picking a design, and slapping some stamps on them. In order to avoid a total save the date faux pas, read these 7 tips from my favorite local stationery designers.
1.) Don't send them too early, but don't send them too late.
We recommend sending your save the dates out about six months before your wedding date, unless you're getting married abroad. Then, you'll want to give your guests a generous 10 – 12 months time to prepare travel arrangements.
2.) Choose the right photo.
It's important to choose the right photo for your announcements. Not all photos work with every save the date layout! You won't want to submit a vertical photo for a horizontal layout. Your photographer will likely take photos of you with white space, allowing your designer room to place with text around you, and a trained designer will be able to make most photos work!
3.) Plan ahead.
You don’t want to offend someone by sending a save the date, but then deciding later that you really don’t have room to invite them to the wedding. You’ll need to plan your invite list well in advance to avoid this faux pas! It’s also best to be clear as early as possible who you’re inviting to the wedding – think plus ones and kids. Addressing the save the date correctly can reinforce exactly who is invited to your wedding, and will help avoid any sticky situations later.
4.) Include the right information.
What info should you include on your save the date? The date, location (city and state), and a wedding website (if you have one). You’ll also want to include a mention of “formal invitation to follow” somewhere on the save the date. You do not need to include specific times and venues at this point; you can save that for the invitation. Also, please do NOT include your registry information! Instead, include extra details like this on your website.
5.) Be cohesive.
It's great to have an overlying theme for your wedding stationery – from the save the date to the invitation straight through to the “day of” items, like ceremony programs and place cards, and even all the way to the thank you notes. They can have different levels of formality, but you should incorporate elements that tie them all together, such as the same fonts or colors.
6.) Save the dates don't have to break the bank.
Postcard save the dates are a good way to keep your costs down. You don't have the added cost of the envelope and you save on postage, too!
And here is one final tip that ALL of the designers agree on…
7.) Make them personal!
Blush Paper Co. – Your save the date is the first glimpse your friends and family will have of your wedding. You'll probably still be undecided on a color scheme, so don't stress too much about making sure they match your wedding stationery. Pick a fun, memorable design that captures who you are as a couple.
Fresh Cut Prints – Save the Dates are generally less formal than your wedding invitations. It's a great place to incorporate some of your personality! Use photos, fun illustrations, and more casual wording than on your invitations.
Purple Wagon Designs – Let your personality shine! Save-the-dates can be casual, fun, and should be infused with your personality. Don’t feel like your save the dates need to be too matchy-matchy with your wedding suite. Instead, let the invitation design be dictated by the style of the wedding, and let loose with the save the dates! Anything goes – photos, text, or beautiful artwork are a great way to infuse some personality.