If the question was popped and now the wedding day is finally locked, let everyone know with save the date cards or magnets. What’s really great about save-the-dates is that they aren’t you formal wedding invitation, so you can choose to add some whimsy or humor. There are many local companies that can create them for you like Paper Patch, Creve Coeur Camera Biz Services, or any of the many other invitation companies that can be found on our vendor section of our web site.
You can select from simple postcards, to magnets, to trifolds. What you need to include is the date of the wedding (of course), your names, and if you are planning a destination location – where that will be, and finally let them know that a formal invitation will follow. You can choose to go further by charting your love story with details as to when you met, your first date, and when he proposed. Some couples choose to introduce their color scheme, and many times they use their engagement photos on their save-the-dates, and sometimes they create a personal monogram. If you have planned a theme for your wedding, it’s great to include that same theme in your save-the-date announcements to give guests a heads up on what’s coming.
As a general rule, it’s best to send out your save-the-date announcements six months prior to your wedding. Allow more time if you are doing a destination wedding so wedding guests have plenty of time to book their travel, get off work, and save some cash. This gives them time as well to make travel arrangement. Allow more time is your wedding is scheduled around a holiday weekend or other special events that are occurring at the same time.
Save the dates are sent to all guests you intend to invite to your wedding. While some couples choose to send “digital” save the dates”, many older guests would still prefer to receive the printed version to save as a keepsake. Save the dates are NOT mandatory, but they are recommended especially if you are planning a sizable wedding.
One other note, I love it when couples create a wedding website that can keep their guests up to date on any possible changes – such as venue or ceremony site change. With the web site you can include many additional details such as where you are registered and for out-of-town guests information as to where to stay and what to do while they are in town. Be sure to include that web site information on your save-the date announcements.