‘Save the Dates’ are cards sent to your Wedding guests ahead of formal invitations and their main purpose is to literally ask guests to lock your Wedding date into their diary – especially important if you’re hosting a destination Wedding or holding your Big Day during a busy time of year.
The Save the Dates will be your guests’ first impression of your Wedding day, so it’s important to get them right. We’ve got the 5 tips and trick to nailing these little cards that serve a big purpose.
It is best to send out your Save the Date cards at least six months before your Wedding. Whether you’re having a destination Wedding or not, this is perfect amount of time to lock the date away. For Weddings abroad, aim for close to one year before the Big Day so guests can decide whether they will be attending and have enough time to book flights, accommodation and save some spending money. It also means people will just be letting their bosses know that they won’t be coming in on Monday!
2. Cool or Crazy?
Your Save the Date cards don’t necessarily need to match your Wedding invitations, but it’s always good to keep with a similar theme. Use these as a chance for you and your fiancé to get creative! You could do a message in a bottle, a post card, a comic strip or if it is a destination Wedding, put your save the date details on a boarding pass.
3. The Detes?
If you don’t have everything for your Wedding booked yet, don’t stress, you can still do your Save the Date cards! All you really need for these little cards is you and your partner’s names, your Wedding date, a location (if it is a destination Wedding include what city/country it will be held) and a note to let them know to expect a Wedding invitation in the coming months.
DIY Save the Date cards are a great way to save cash if you don’t want to go all out! If you’re not too sure how to start or you want your template pre-designed, search the internet for a ready-made template ideas. It costs between $15-50 for a designers to send you a digital template; simply, print them on your own home printer!
5. Unwanted RSVPs?
Save the Date cards don’t generally request an RSVP because there simply sent out as an FYI for guests, but you will probably receive a huge amount of phone calls, messages or emails from guests letting you know whether they are coming or not. Make sure you have a list of your guests and keep track who has said yes or no.
Images from Randa and Wael’s Wedding. Photography by Academy Group.