Save the date cards are a fun, festive way to tell your friends and family about your wedding. Make sure your wedding is on your friends’ calendars. They usually take the form of a card, but can also be a refrigerator magnet, stickers, photo booth photos or similar item. Using photographs is another clever way to announce your wedding date to guests. Combine your love of music and your recent engagement photos into a save the date CD.
Your cards may be as fancy or as whimsical as you wish. They are generally sent out at least six to twelve months before the wedding date, and are usually followed by a formal wedding invitation.
If your wedding falls near a major holiday, like Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year’s Eve, save the date announcements are especially important. They are pretty much a “must” for a Destination Wedding. Consider including travel and area information, e.g., resorts, flights, phone numbers, a map of the area, group booking plans, etc. If you plan to make a wedding Website, supply guests with the URL address on your save the date card as well. It is not proper to send your registry information with the save the date card. Guests with children will need to arrange for child care and some couples may have to put in for vacation time.
Creative save the date wedding cards are available in a huge variety of styles, from DIY (do it yourself) to professionally designed keepsakes. Your wedding save the date cards will be the first thing people see regarding the style of your wedding so you want to make them cool and unique, personalized, or reflect the colors and theme of your wedding day.
While save the date started as a wedding-related custom, it is now used by individuals, businesses, and organizations to announce the date of any formal event, ranging from wedding anniversaries to grand opening ceremonies for office buildings.
They are essential in the following situations: if many of your guests are traveling to your wedding, your wedding takes place on or around a holiday, you are planning a faraway destination wedding, or your wedding will take place in a seasonally busy or tourist locale, where the flights and hotels perhaps book up early.
Don’t leave anyone out. Send a save the date to everyone on your guest list, even if you’ve already shared your wedding date with some of them in person, via e-mail or over the phone. Let them know if the invite includes a guest.
There are literally thousands of wedding save the date card designs from a multitude of companies. New trends are popping up daily. Do a Google search or ask some of your wedding vendors for references.
Wording is also simple, if you are going the formal route try this: “Please save the date of Saturday the Twenty-Sixth of November, Two Thousand Eleven for the wedding for Miss Kelly Simpson and Mr. Andy Jones. Include the names of the host and “Invitation to follow” at the bottom.
Help to keep within your budget by calling the post office to inquire about size limitations on cards and envelopes. If you need bigger cards to say everything that is required, be sure to calculate the added postage expense if you are on a tight budget.
If someone receives a save-the-date and will be unable to attend, they are likely to offer regrets far in advance. You still need to send a wedding invitation as a common courtesy.
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