Brides always ask about Save the Dates and should they send them. This is the advice I usually give.
Sending a save the date is personal preference. A printed save the date is always better so that is a visible reminder. It a very exciting time and if you are having a destination wedding it is always good to give folks a heads up and plenty of time to plan and save. If you are getting married over a holiday weekend or have a three day affair, this can be especially important if you have out of town guests. Between travel arrangements and busy schedules, sending a save-the-date will increase guests' chances of attending your special day.
A general rule it to send out save the dates 6 months prior to the wedding date. You do not need to send them to everyone but remember to only send them to people you definitely want to attend. Once you send them out there is no turning back. Think of it as the "informal" invitation.
So, what information do you include? Typically name for bride and groom, date and city of the celebration. I have on many occasions put hotel accommodation cards in the save the dates or directed people to the bride and grooms website if they need to make hotel arrangements right away. Summer wedding usually require this because it is a busy time of year.
The save the date does not have to match your wedding theme at all. I have done postcards, magnets and photo montages with the formal invitation being very different but save the date can also help to set the tone for you celebration from traditional to modern.
It is completely up to you.
I hope this helps you plan your perfect day!
By Amy Jamieson
Categories: Wedding Tips, Wedding Invitations
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