Looking for ways to keep some of your wedding planning simple?  How about starting with your save the dates.

Sharing photos has become quite trendy with couples when they formally announce their wedding date to family and friends.  Choosing to send a save the date magnet is perfect for sharing a favorite photo (or two) and making it easy for guests to display them on their refrigerator as a quick reminder and memorable keepsake.

Our newest magnet designs for save the dates, as shown below, really put the main focus on your photo while keeping the wording very simple.  Typically printed on them are your names and the date of your upcoming wedding.  Other options can include listing the city & state where you will get married and/or the phrase ‘Invitation to Follow’ although it’s most likely assumed that receiving your save the date means they will also receive your wedding invitation.

Save the Date Magnets

Save the Date Magnets

In this more unique design, Lovely Leaves Save the Date Magnet, your photo fits perfectly in the leafy design and is surrounded by the wording.

Save the Date Magnets Lovely Leaves

Lovely Leaves Save the Date Magnet

Photos are great but certainly not required for a wedding save the date.  This Timeless Love magnet is definitely a fun, bright colored design option.

Timeless Love Magnet for Save the Date

Timeless Love Save the Date Magnet

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

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.

What exactly are save the date cards?  They are cards that are sent out well in advance of 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 one or more photos 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 at least 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 or if they will need to make travel arrangements to attend.

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 at least 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 optional 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 shop our online selection of unique Save the Dates.

Photo Save the Dates Aquarelle

Aquarelle Save the Date

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

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.

As 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 whether they are 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 click to shop our large selection of designs.

Save the Dates Picking Posies

Picking Posies Save the Date