If you’re involved in the planning of said wedding, you’re probably stressed out pretty bad.
To help make certain that you don’t overlook any important details, check out this little how-to guide to save the dates.
An often missed detail, save the dates ensure an early and proper head count for your wedding, and if done well, a memory for your loved ones to hang onto.
Basic Save the Date Rules:
- Send them around six months before your wedding. Any later, and you risk late RSVPs. Any earlier, and you risk venue change or other last-minute adjustments.
- Send them to out-of-town guests first. Neighbors, close friends, and other local guests might not need them at all. This is another little wallet-friendly trick.
- Don’t forget to include a link to your wedding website (you DO have a wedding website, don’t you?) on the card.
- Don’t forget to write “Invitation Will Follow.”
- If the wedding falls on a holiday weekend, point that out. Sunday weddings when the Monday is a holiday are a great way to save a little money on your nuptial bliss.
Some Fabulous Save the Date Ideas.
ñ The Prinstagram – This is a fabulous little save the date, and likely a memorable one. You can send these adorable stickers out with your classic save the date, and give people a hard-to-miss reminder of your upcoming wedding for their calendar. Also, if you’re crafty, this is a real money-saver.
ñ The Luggage Tag – If you’re clever, there are all kinds of ways to personalize save the dates – either by creating your own or spicing up existing ones.
You can do either of those with luggage tags – simply customize them with your short, sweet save the date message, and voila. Append them to an existing traditional save the date or send them out on their lonesome.
ñ The Plant Marker – Green minded couples love this idea. It’s just like the luggage tags, only you do it with simple plant markers.
ñ The Traditional – Some things are classic. When your wedding is going to be a classic, set that mood with your save the date. They’re called classic for a reason, after all.
Foil stamped, calligraphic, or simply beautiful, these traditional save the dates are a sure way to say, “My wedding will be elegant. Plan accordingly.” What’s more, these are a real time-saver over some of the Do-It-Yourself options out there.
ñ The Library Card – This one is simply too cute for words. The idea is simple: populate each line of the card with an important date from your past together. First kiss, first date, first apartment … you get the idea.
At the bottom – and leave a few empty lines to make it stand out – you put your save the date in a different color ink. Your wedding will be one for the history books.
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By Kate H., a wedding planner with a love of blogging and the Twitterverse. Kate writes tips on her Google+ account, and tries to maintain contact with other wedding enthusiasts throughout the web.