To Save-The-Date or NOT to save-the-date???
My opinion on Save-The-Dates? YES! You should send them!
Weddings can range in size and theme so very much. Some, church hall shindigs with pot luck dinner, and some fancy event space, five course catered…to each her own right? No matter the size, or formal level of wedding, the level of planning is just as nitty-gritty. A save the date prior to wedding invitations is a must have to give your guests enough planning time, as well as it sets the tone for your upcoming big day…after all, if all goes right it will be your only one, so do that sh*t right, girl!
Now, I touched on the fact that is is a courtesy to your guests to let them know well in advance. That being said, you should get them out 6-8 months prior to the wedding. In the case of a destination wedding, 8-10 months for obvious reasons. Save the date cards can come in a variety of forms…postcards are popular and very inexpensive, some folks choose to go the magnet route and guests tend to keep them because they are useful and a lot of them feature a photo of the couple. Typically, they come as a card in an envelope, I highly suggest this, because you can further explain some details on the back of the card and preserve some privacy. This also leaves precious room on your wedding invitations.
No doubt, once people start receiving the save-the-dates, you will get a thousand calls of ‘congrats’…but mostly a thousand questions. As I mentioned earlier, you can pack some good info on the back to avoid the ‘thousand question calls”. Venue, map, etc… maybe include info on places to dine and hotels in the area for out-of-towners.
What else do you do with engagement photos? Of course you look at them daily and put them on Facebook but then what? The wedding photos really get all the love, so why not put those engagement photos to use and use your fave or faves on your save-the-dates???
Lastly, If you are like every bride i know, you just won’t put your finger your colors and wedding ‘feel’…consider the save-the-date a way to make the choosing happen, so that you avoid changing and tweaking wedding invitations up until print. And trust me, you are getting married so lets shout it from the rooftops baby!!! It certainly costs enough…lets drag out the fun. Ha!