Save The Date….and your sanity!
Navigating the world of wedding stationery traditions and etiquette can be a bit of a minefield, so on our blog we’ll be sharing different tips and advice to help make the process a little easier for you, starting with ‘SAVE THE DATES’.
So you’d said yes and you’ve picked your wedding date. Now what?
Well, here comes the exciting part, because now you get to share the news of your wedding day with your friends and family by sending out your save the dates.
We’ve answered some of our most commonly asked questions, and shared few save the dates ideas below.
1. Do we need Save the Dates?
While it isn’t compulsory to send out save the dates, it’s a good idea as it gives your guests plenty of time to keep the date free, especially if you are getting married during a peak season such as the Summer Holidays or over the Christmas period.
With the average engagement being about 14 months, one of the best things about sending save the dates is that it means you don’t have to wait for weeks to get your wedding stationery preparations underway. It’s a great way to make it all feel real and generate excitement for your big day!
2. Does it all have to match?
When choosing your save the dates, you might already have a theme and style in mind for your wedding, in which case, your save the dates will be the very first glimpse your family and friends will get of what’s in store for your big day.
If you’re still trying to decide your wedding theme, save the dates can be a great way to try out some styles. Our range of foil save the dates come in a choice of gold, rose gold or silver and are available in a range of classic and modern styles that we’re sure will suit any wedding theme.
As save the dates are usually quite informal, you could have a bit of fun with them. Our polaroid style save the date magnets are a great place share your favourite funny or quirky photo of you and your fiancé.
3. How should we Save our Date?
With a Magnet or Card?
All of our save the dates can be printed as magnets or cards. Cards are a more traditional approach, but if you’re looking for something a little different, magnets are a great way to go. They will be placed straight on the fridge and will act as an attractive and eye catching reminder of your wedding. We can do any of our designs in a card format, so if that is your preference, just let us know!
With a Photo?
If you’re having an engagement photoshoot, photo save the dates are a great opportunity to share your favourite photo with your loved ones. There are also lots of things you could do to incorporate your date into your shoot, such as holding up a sign with the date written on, or leaving space in the background for the date to be added in afterwards.
4. When should we send them out?
Save the Dates are usually sent 9 – 12 months in advance to ensure that your guests keep the date completely free, especially for out of town guests, or if you’re getting married during a holiday season, such as the Summer holidays or over the Christmas period. With a destination wedding the sooner you can let your guests know, the better! People will need time to save up, book flights and hotels, and request time away from work.
5. How many Save the Dates should we order?
Remember, you won’t necessarily need one save the date per guest, as often only one will be sent per couple or family. As our orders are from x20, we recommend still ordering a handful more than you need, however, for late additions to your guest list, or even to have as keepsakes.
6. Who should we send my save the dates to?
Anyone you want to invite. Though you will likely already know who of your closest family and friends will be attending, it’s always nice to send them an official save the date.
7. What information should we include?
The main information that should be feature on your save the dates is Yours names and Wedding date
Adding the location of your wedding is completely optional, however it is a good way to give advanced notice to people who might need to travel to get to the venue. If you haven’t got your venue booked yet, then even just the town or city will give people a good indication.
If you are getting married overseas then we always recommend including the location so that people have plenty of time to book flights and sort out accommodation.
8. What about our wedding website?
In this modern age, wedding websites are becoming more and more popular, and it’s easy to see why. They’re a great place to keep all your wedding info in one place that your guests can easily access. Sharing your wedding site address on your save the dates is a great way for guests to keep up to date and informed about the day.
Similarly, if you have a wedding hashtag that you’re using, why not include this as well?
We hope this has answered some of the questions you might have had, but don’t hesitate to let us know if there’s anything else you need to know. If you’re not quite sure the type of save the date you’d like to send, why not request one of our FREE samples packs?
Remember, the most important thing is that your loved ones have plenty of notice to keep the day free so that they can celebrate with you.