The ring is on your finger and the planning is underway – it’s now time to keep your guests in the loop! Here are 5 essential tips for sending the perfect wedding Save the Dates.
1. Do we have to send Save the Dates?
You don’t have to send out Save the Date cards, but they are a fabulous way to lock in your guests early by announcing your wedding date and location. They are particularly great for couples getting married in the spring/summer or on holiday weekends, and an absolute must for destination weddings.
2. When should we send our Save the Dates?
If you do choose to send out Save the Date cards, they should go out 6 to 8 months before before a local wedding, or 8 to 12 months before a destination wedding.
3. What information should we include in our Save the Dates?
Keep it simple and include only the essentials – your names, wedding date and location. At this stage, you don’t need to include the finer details like time(s), venue, dress code or gift registry, as these will be included in the formal invitation to follow.
4. Should our Save the Dates match our wedding invitations or theme?
It’s up to you! Your Save the Dates are your guests’ first glimpse of your big day, so it’s wise to know your wedding style before you start shopping. Couples often choose Save the Date cards which match the design of their formal wedding invitations, as this is an easy way to ensure your wedding stationery looks cohesive. That said, your Save the Dates are much less formal than your wedding invitations so this might be your chance to get creative and colourful, especially if you will be opting for a classic wedding invitation design.
5. Do we need to include ‘plus ones’ in our Save the Dates?
Yes! Just like on your wedding invitations, you need to include your guests’ names on your Save the Dates, on either the card itself or envelope. This reduces the chance of wrongly-assumed invitees or general confusion!