Save the date cards are ideal for many couples planning their upcoming nuptials.  This allows you to send the wedding date and location to friends and family even before the invitations go out, encouraging them to leave the day open on their calendar.  This is particularly important when guests are traveling from out of state.

Mailing the Card at that Sweet Spot

Typically sending save the date cards six to eight months prior to the wedding is a good idea.  It can be tempting to mail save the date cards as soon as the wedding date and location have been finalized.  A gut reaction may be the sooner the better, however by sending the cards too soon you risk your guests forgetting about the event until the invitation arrives.  In general, anything extending nearly a year or longer will risk being tossed aside because the date is so far in the future.

When the Save the Date is Critical

A summer wedding, when guests are making vacation plans, destination or a wedding that falls on a three-day weekend are all times when it is important to send a save the date card ahead of time.  Allowing your invited guests that six to eight months to plan their own schedule around the wedding can go a long way to making sure your family and loved ones are able to attend.

A mistake that some couples make when sending save the date cards is to send it to both their ‘A’ and ‘B’ guest list, before paring it down for the official invitations.  Be sure to only send a card for those guests that will definitely be invited to the wedding.  It is a major faux pas to send a save the date and then never follow-up with an invitation.

By finding just the right time for sending your save the date, you can be sure that your nuptials will be in the calendar of those friends and family in plenty of time.  This will ensure that they will be able to celebrate with you on your big day.

Check out our blog post on FAQ’s for more helpful information.  You’ll also enjoy browsing our selection of unique save the date designs.

Mr. and Mrs. Square Photo Save the Date
Mr. and Mrs. Square Photo Save the Date

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 –

If 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 oftentime includes a photo of the couple. They announce the date of the wedding and are sent preceding the actual invitation.  A neat design for save the dates is a magnetic card 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 keep their calendar free 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 at least 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 at least 6 months in advance is standard. Remember that if you are having a destination wedding, guests will need even more time to prepare.

What 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 shop our online selection of unique Save the Dates.

Save the Dates Just Lovely

Just Lovely Save the Date