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

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 –

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

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