So you have set the date so spread the new… What’s the deal with save the date cards? Is it an American custom? Do we have to send them? Surely it’s just an added expense?
It appears quandary is up there with, ‘do we need to have receiving line?’ or, ‘can the bride give a speech?’ and the answer is yes and no. Not helpful? OK, let’s break it down…
WHY YOU SHOULD SEND SAVE THE DATES?
Sending out a Save The Date notification is essential if your wedding is taking place on a popular date like Valentine’s Day or New Year’s Eve. People make plans for these occasions in advance so you want your wedding date on their calendar before they get a chance to make other plans that they can’t get out of.
It’s also a good idea to send save the dates of your wedding is taking place during peak wedding season i.e. June to August. Some guests might have another wedding on that day so to avoid disappointment, get your date in there first! Also, if your wedding is taking place somewhere further afield, it’s courteous to give your guests a bit of a heads up so they can save some money for the travel and hotel, etc.
WHEN SHOULD YOU SEND THEM?
Roughly four to six months before the wedding, or further in advance if you’re having your wedding abroad.
HOW TO DO IT?
Whether it’s a DIY masterpiece or a shop or online bought crafty creation, Save the Date cards needn’t cost the earth and there is some genius and simply beautiful ways of doing it (see below for our seven stunning save the date ideas).
Social media or text alerts may be a thrifty alternative that achieves the same objective but it doesn’t exactly scream ‘classy’, does it?
GMINI’s Seven Stunning Save The Date Ideas…
Pencil Us In… idea courtesy of Camdeco
Rustic Wedding… idea from Etsy
Vintage Ticket… available from eBay
These Kids Are Getting Married… inspired by Zazzle
Consider Yourself Booked… available on Etsy
Glamorous Elegance… available from Optimal Print
Doggy Help… Image credit to Tressugar