Although save the dates come in a wide variety of different designs, there are some notable features to many of the newer, trending styles…

Sharing photos has become very popular when announcing your upcoming wedding date.  Whether you are sharing 1, 2, 3 or even a collage of photos, you are sure to find the perfect design.  This particular save the date card, Round ‘Em Up!, has room for a strip of 3 photos.

Save the Date Cards Round Em Up

Round ‘Em Up!

Just as double-sided wedding invitations are now becoming a modern trend, so are 2-sided save the date cards.  What’s printed on the other side depends on the design.

Sharing your favorite photo is a clever use of the two-sided design with all your save the date details printed on the flip side.  On this modern choice, Pure Portrait, the photo is accented with the phrase ‘Save the Date’ along with your wedding date.

Save the Dates Pure Portrait

Pure Portrait

Save the date magnets are another great option since they let guests conveniently display them on their refrigerator for safe keeping as a quick reminder and lasting keepsake.  This Country Style Save the Date Magnet is perfect for a country or rustic themed wedding.

Save the Date Magnets Country Style

Country Style Magnet

For those who would like to have all of their wedding stationery pieces follow the same theme, many wedding invitation designs have a matching save the date as shown with this Whimsical Rustic design.

Photo Save the Dates Whimsical Rustic

Whimsical Rustic

Even though design trends may change, the basics remain the same so be sure to check out our blog post on Save the Date FAQ’s.  You may also want to check out our Pinterest board showcasing unique ideas for save the dates – http://www.pinterest.com/prntdcreations/save-the-dates-cards-magnets/.

Now that you have been introduced to some of today’s trends, feel free to browse our entire selection of Save the Dates.

When a couple decides to get married, there’s usually no question that they will eventually be sending out wedding invitations.  But what about save the dates?

Here are answers to some commonly asked questions that should help if you are considering whether or not to send save the dates to your wedding guests.

Social Typography Photo Save the Dates

Social Typography Save the Date

What exactly are save the date cards?  They are cards that are sent out before your formal invitations to announce your upcoming wedding date.  The design you choose may be printed on one or two sides, may match your wedding invitation design, may include a photo of you and your fiance, or may come in a fun design or unique shape.  They may even be magnets that guests can hang on their refrigerator as a reminder.

Why send them?  Save the Dates are sent to guests to make them aware of your wedding months ahead of time so they will keep that date open on their calendar if they wish to attend.  Since wedding invitations are usually sent out 6-8 weeks before the wedding, save the date cards are typically sent out 4-6 months in advance of the wedding.  This gives family and friends plenty of time to plan their schedules around your date.   With today’s busy lives, guests may also be planning vacations or other special events many months in advance.

Having to travel to your wedding, whether it’s a destination or just out-of-town location, is another reason to send them.  Time to make travel arrangements or even to save up money for the travel expenses will be greatly appeciated by guests.

Do you have to send them?  This is your choice entirely since it’s YOUR wedding. Guests will no doubt be grateful for them if your wedding date is close to a holiday or during a time when vacations are common.

Who should receive them?  Whether guests are out of town or local, they will all surely welcome receiving the advanced wedding announcement.  It’s important to keep in mind that everyone who receives your save the date MUST also receive your formal wedding invitation.  If a your photo is included, the save the date also makes a great keepsake for family and friends.

When do I send them out?  The standard timeframe is 4-6 months before your wedding date, but you can also choose a time that you feel will most benefit your guests.  A destination wedding would require giving guests even more time to make preparations.

What information is typically included on save the dates?  Besides the obvious listing of your names and upcoming wedding date, you can also list where the wedding will take place.  This can include the city & state as well as the name of the church or venue, if already known.  If space allows, you may include your personal wedding website address to visit for travel specifics or hotel information for out-of-town guests (or include accommodation cards with your wedding invitations) .  Also important to list is the phrase, ‘invitation to follow’, so guests know more details will be coming on the formal wedding invite.

Now knowing the answers to these FAQs, feel free to browse our online selection of unique Save the Dates.

Rustic Timeline Save the Date Cards

Rustic Timeline Save the Date

While it is a good idea to send out save the date notices to your guests letting them know of your wedding date well in advance, there’s no reason not to keep the whole process as simple as possible.  Save the date postcards are the ideal way to do that.

Here are some of the advantages to the postcard style…

  • No envelopes required which often times makes them less expensive to buy than cards or magnets.
  • No assembling or inserting into envelopes before sealing.
  • Savings on postage since a postcard stamp is cheaper than a first class stamp.

Many of today’s save the date postcard designs also let you share one or more favorite photos with family and friends as you announce your wedding plans.

Whether you’re having a beach wedding or a rustic wedding, there are matching designs such as this one…

In Our Heart Photo Save the Date Postcard

In Our Heart Photo Save the Date Postcard

You can also have some fun with your postcard like this ticket design to the most special event of the year…

Just the Ticket Photo Save the Date Postcard

Just the Ticket Photo Save the Date Postcard

Your actual invitations will share all the specific details of your wedding so feel free to keep your save the date announcements more simple and what better way than with postcards.

Here are links to find out more about the information that should be printed on them and also some save the date FAQs.

For those who decide to send out save the dates for their wedding, there may be a question as to how to word them.

Most important is to list your names as well as your upcoming wedding date so guests can mark it on their calendar to make sure they can be with you on your special day.

Also listed should be the city/state and maybe even the specific venue location if you have it already booked.  The more information you can provide the better, especially if there will be travel involved for a destination wedding.  You may even list a personal wedding website address, if you have one, which can provide guests with updated details.

Another important phrase to list is ‘invitation to follow’ so guests know this save the date notice will be followed by a formal wedding invitation.

You will find many sample save the date wordings to choose from when designing yours including extra verse ideas based on the amount of printing space and your personal taste.

To browse our wide selection of wedding save the dates including the unique boarding pass design below, click here.

Tropical Boarding Pass Save the Date Card

Sending save the dates is a terrific way to joyously announce your upcoming wedding.  Since it’s no secret how busy everyone is these days, they are also a courteous gesture in giving guests plenty of time to make arrangements for attending.  This is especially true if many of your family and friends will have to travel a distance to be with you on your special day.

Besides the normal save the date wording, a great piece of information to share is your personal wedding website address.  There guests can read all kinds of details about you and your fiance, your wedding and any pertinent travel information such as nearby hotels, etc.

Click on this link to read more about how save the dates are vital to your wedding.

Dots of Red Save the Dates

Photo Save the Date CollageIf you’re debating whether you should send out save the dates or not, the questions and answers below should help enlighten you and answer some of your own personal questions centered around sending them.

What are save the dates? A save the date is usually sized smaller than wedding invitations and oftentimes include a picture of the bride and groom. They announce the date of the wedding and are sent preceding the actual invitation.  A neat design for save the dates is a magnetic one that hangs on the fridge so guests will have a constant reminder to not plan anything else on your special day.

What is their purpose? Save the Date cards serve the purpose of making guests aware of your wedding date months in advance so they will not plan anything else that day if they wish to attend. Wedding invitations are usually sent out 6-8 weeks before the wedding. If any of your guests have a big vacation or event coming up, it is usually already going to be planned by that time. Save the Date Cards are usually sent out 4-6 months in advance allowing your guests plenty of time to schedule around your date.

Is it mandatory to send them? It is your wedding so nothing is mandatory if you don’t want it to be. It is entirely up to you but remember if your wedding is going to be during a holiday weekend or a time when people frequently travel, a save the date really comes in handy and might be expected by your guests.  Some people might even view it as proper etiquette so if you like to stay up to par when it comes to etiquette you might want to send those save the dates.

Who do I send them to? Out of town guests are your most important ones as they will obviously need more time to plan their trip. They will need the extra time to book a hotel, save up gas or flight money, book flights or book a rental car. Plus time to shop for a new dress is always nice! Local guests will enjoy the courtesy of being informed as well.  Keep in mind that everyone who receives your save the date must also receive your wedding invitation.

When do I send them out? Choose a time that you feel will most benefit your guests but 4-6 months in advance is standard. Remember that if you are having a destination wedding guests will need even more time to prepare.

Save the Date Scratch-Off CardWhat are the benefits of save the dates? A few have been listed previously but as a reminder, your guests have more time to prepare. Save the dates can also serve as a form of engagement announcements for those who might be out of the loop and have no idea you are engaged. It serves as a little warning so to speak that the invitation and big day are coming soon!

Are there any cons associated with them? Not really, other than the fact that you are going to pay a little more for postage. But if you get them in a postcard form you’ll save on mailing. And in the whole realm of things, the cost of save the dates as compared to other wedding costs are quite minute.

Now that you have reviewed the FAQs, feel free to browse our online selection of unique Save the Dates.

Once Upon a Tiime Save the DateAre you planning a wedding?  A save the date with photo is a fun way to proudly show pictures of you and your fiancee while also announcing your upcoming wedding date.

Today’s modern styles let you share multiple photos or even reveal details about the three special dates of your relationship – your first meeting, engagement and wedding – as shown above.

Our Special Event Save the Date

Your creative options are endless…this save the date with photo will definitely get your guests’ attention.  It reads like an ad for a one day special event – your wedding.

And don’t forget about magnets…there are also many, many great designs that include a photo.  Read all the details about sending your own save the dates.

Planning for a weddings save the date should be done months before your actual wedding day.  I know that we’ve just begun the fall season but for those planning a spring or summer 2012 wedding, now is the time to start shopping if you wish to send out save the dates to guests.

You will need time for shopping, ordering and addressing in addition to the 4-6 months before your wedding date which is typically the timeframe for mailing save the date notices.

There are so many styles to choose from, whether you want to be creative or you want to make it more personal by using a photo.  There are styles and shapes to match specific themes, magnets for handy reference and more formal card designs that perhaps match your wedding colors.

With everyone’s busy schedules, a save the date may be very much appreciated by your guests so they can plan their calendars accordingly.  This is even more true for destination weddings and those taking place during holiday times.

Here are more details to help you prepare your weddings save the date.

Popping The Question Save the Date MagnetMagnets for Save the Date – A modern way to make the announcement of your upcoming wedding memorable and fun if your wedding invitations will be preceded by save the dates.

If you are planning on sending out save the dates, magnets have become quite popular.  They are quite functional in their role of being an early reminder of your wedding date as they stick right on your guest’s refrigerator. They can also list your very own personal wedding website so you can easily share information about your wedding with guests.

Tying The Knot Save the Date Magnet

Make your magnets even more memorable with a photo of you and your fiance.  You can even include a calendar of your wedding month with your special day highlighted.

Magnets for save the dates are actually only one of your style choices with cards also being quite popular.  No matter which style you choose, it will be right for your wedding.

Save the Dates Magnet | Save the DateAs part of your wedding invitation planning, have you given any thought to sending save the dates to your wedding guests?  Sending them is, of course, not mandatory but can be extremely helpful in certain cases.

One example is if your wedding location is going to require many of your guests to make travel arrangements.  We are invited to a wedding this summer that is being held in another state.  Having already received the save the date has been very helpful since we now know the exact date and location.  It has allowed us to start our planning well in advance.

By also listing your personal wedding website on the save the date, you can provide guests with lots of fun and important information.  In our case, we found information on nearby hotels via their web page allowing us to make our reservations for the wedding weekend.

Another example might be if your wedding will be scheduled around a holiday weekend.  Many guests may make other plans well ahead of time so letting them know in advance of your wedding date could be the difference in their being able to attend.

Keep in mind that sending save the dates is not limited to just these scenarios.  With everybody’s busy schedules today, they really are the ideal way to announce your upcoming wedding date months in advance.  This will ensure that your family and friends will reserve that day on their calendars even before they receive your official wedding invitation.

Be sure to include a line of printing that states your wedding invitation will follow since save the dates aren’t designed to list all of your wedding details.

Read more about save the dates and then browse our large selection of designs.