How To Save The Date (Rules, Etiquette, And Budget)

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wedding invitationsCongratulations! If you’re reading this, you’re probably getting married.

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Don’t forget to include a link to your wedding website (you DO have a wedding website, don’t you?) on the card.
  4. Don’t forget to write “Invitation Will Follow.”
  5. 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.


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