Save the date cards are a relatively modern trend meaning that many brides are unsure as to whether they should be sending them out or not.
To Send or not to Send
Although Save the Dates are not absolutley necessary, they have become increasingly popular over the past few years. This sudden rise is mainly due down to the fact that more of us are choosing to host our big day abroad or in a place away from our hometowns. Also, the typical modern guest list seems to include guests that are scattered throughout the country. Due to this, often more preparation and organisation is required for loved ones travelling from afar or need to organise flights and accomodation for your wedding.
Wedding invitations are generally sent out until 6-8 weeks before the big day. Save the Date cards are a superb idea to send if your guest list has a number of out-of-towners or is taking place during a holiday or peak time of the year where guest may already be planning something else. It’s also an opportunity to set the theme of your special day.
For the inserts of your Save the Date Cards a few rules apply: keep it basic, the only information that you really need to include is your names and the wedding date, however it is also a good idea to provide information regarding the location so guests can begin to plan travel arrangements. You should plan to send your Save the Date Cards soon after you have secured your date and venue – generally around four to six months prior to the wedding. Also.. remember that whoever recieves a Save the Date Card will also need to receive an invitation, therefore a guest list will need to be finalised prior to sending them. (Don’t worry if you need to add an odd guest later on down the line, there is no rule that says everyone must have recieved a save the date card).
Your Save the Date Cards will be the first impression of your wedding celebrations, so take this opportunity to set the standard and build excitement throughout your wedding guests. If you have a good idea of the colours/theme of your wedding it is a great idea to use your Save the Date cards as a sneaky peak for your guests of what is yet to come.