Before you dive into the somewhat complicated world of wedding invitations and enclosures, you’ll need to send out your save the date cards. What’s their purpose? They let your guests know that your wedding will be happening in the next few months, giving them ample time to prepare. If you have some Q’s that need A’s regarding them, read on.
Here’s everything you need to know about save the date cards.
Are save the date cards mandatory?
Nope! If you’d rather skip sending them out, that’s your prerogative. Using your wedding website, sending out an email or letting your guests know via phone is fine, save the date cards just add a touch of formality to the process. Alternatively, some couples choose to make a save the date video.
When should I send out save the dates?
Send ‘em out ASAP. Really, the earlier the better when it comes to save the date cards. This will give your guests plenty of notice, so they can figure out when to book off work and reorganize their schedule for that date. Typically couples send them out anywhere from 6 months to a year in advance of the wedding.
What do I include in my save the date cards?
The anatomy of a save the date is much less detailed than your formal invitation. They should have you and your soon-to-be spouse’s names, the date of your big day (it is a save the date, after all), the general location (this can be as vagues as the city at this point) and the URL of your wedding website.
What should they look like?
You probably have an idea of what you want your big day to look like - or at least a general theme. Don’t feel pressured to make your save the date cards match your other wedding stationery, but everything you send out should have a similar vibe (they can be sisters not twins). If you’re ahead of the game and already know how you want your invites, place cards and menus to look you may be able to get a good deal by ordering everything at once.
Should they be sent to all my guests?
Before you start haphazardly addressing envelopes, make sure you have your guest list locked in (check it twice to make sure nobody’s missing!). Everyone who makes it onto that list should receive a save the date card. Some couples only send them out to VIPs, but this can lead to awkward conversations if other guests finds out. It’s kind of an all or nothing scenario.
Is there any way to cut costs?
As mentioned before, save the date cards are not 100% necessary. You don’t want to forfeit the centerpieces of your dreams because you sent out flashy stationery before your wedding invites, so if they don’t fit into your budget feel free to skip them altogether. You can always use your wedding website to post your wedding date, just to keep everyone in the know. If you’re not being so frugal, opting for postcards instead of packed envelopes will help you cut costs.