Your first piece of wedding stationery! There are SO many amazing options and ideas for spreading the good news about your upcoming wedding, but for such a simple piece of mail, there are a LOT of decisions to make! We’ve broken it all down for you with our best advice on timing, what to include, styles, photo tips, and printing methods.
We recommend sending out Save the Date’s 6 months before your wedding. Consider giving your guests 8 months notice if you have one or more of the following conditions if:
There are some AWESOME options to help explain some other things about your wedding without actually saying them. The style of your Save the Date can hint at:
Many companies like Minted offer Save the Date styles that go along with a Wedding Invitation Suite. Your Save the Date and Invitations absolutely do not need to match; in fact, Save the Date’s are a great place to have fun and be quirky!
Engagement sessions have almost become standard – and if not, we recommend it! Don’t pass up an opportunity to get to know your photographer’s style, and get to know if you have any quirks behind the camera. We love photos on Save the Dates! A few helpful hints:
BONUS: You can use your AMAZING photos to submit with your wedding announcement, upload to your wedding website, and frame as decor at your wedding reception.
Every household that is invited to your wedding should get a Save the Date. Strive to have your guest list completed by the time you need to place your printing order. (EXPERT TIP: Order 15-20% extra for addressing mistakes and last-minute adds – both WILL happen)
It may seem redundant to send a Save the Date to your parents or members of the wedding party, but they’re the group that will probably be the most excited to get your ‘official’ announcement!
If your wedding is on a tight timeline, you may not have time to send Save the Dates. Or maybe it’s not in your budget. If you forgo the formality, we strongly urge you to send an email Save the Date or have another plan to spread the word. Otherwise, get ready for the barrage of texts/emails/messages asking for all of the details!