Save-the-date cards are a great way to announce your wedding day and generate excitement among your guests, but believe it or not, they haven’t always been popular! Save-the-dates have greatly increased in popularity over the last ten years. Save-the-date cards are a fun way to set the tone for your upcoming wedding, and they’re a necessity for couples marrying away on a small island.
Are save-the-date cards a great choice for your ceremony? Here are some points to consider that will help you decide if they’re a necessity for your big day.
If your wedding falls near a major holiday, like Christmas or New Year’s Eve, or you plan to have a destination wedding, save-the-date cards are particularly important. Your guests will appreciate the forethought regarding your wedding date, which will give them enough time to save money and make travel arrangements. Football season is another festive time of year that can be tough to plan a wedding around, depending on your guests. College football is extremely popular, and many games take place on Saturdays. Depending on how rabid a football fan certain of your guests may be, don’t be surprised if some people have difficulty choosing which event to attend. You know your guests better than anyone else! If you think having your wedding on a holiday or the weekend of a major football game will be a problem, you might want to consider a different date.
The design of your save-the-date can be a great way to set the tone of your wedding with a theme that will be incorporated in everything from the invitations to the cake. Check out some super fun wedding stationery packages here.
Your save-the-date cards should be as functional as they are fun. Of course, clearly include your names, wedding date and location. If you haven’t picked out a wedding venue yet, that’s OK, but do add the city and state – or the country – where your affair will be held.
Also, be sure to write guests’ names clearly on the address label, the same way you’ll address your wedding invitations later. If children are omitted from the address label, this will give your guests plenty of time to arrange for childcare. Guests who RSVP to you early, letting you know that they won’t be able to attend, will still need to receive wedding invitations. Guests’ plans can change, and you still want them to know that they are welcome to share in your special day!
If you are planning on building a wedding website, be sure to include this address on your save-the-date card. Creating a website is a great way to give guests tons of information – especially if you’ve opted for a destination wedding – about your wedding ceremony and reception locations, the weekend’s schedule of events, local hotels with rooms blocked off for guests, and fun facts about the bride, groom and wedding party. While you shouldn’t include registry information on your save-the-date or wedding invitation, it’s OK to reserve a space for this on your wedding site. However, if you’ve chosen a destination wedding, it’s a given to not use a registry or expect to receive gifts.
Deciding when to mail your save-the-date announcements is not really as tricky as some people thing it is. Generally speaking, Save the Date etiquette says to send these six to eight months before your wedding, which allows guests plenty of time to make necessary travel arrangements, book a babysitter, and save money for airfare. Mailing them too late will practically overlap with your wedding invitations, which is a waste of your time and money.
You must send a save-the-date to everyone on your guest list, even if you’ve already shared your wedding date with some of them in person, via e-mail or over the phone. Once you send someone an announcement, you must also invite them to the wedding. Make sure your guest list is set in stone before your announcements go out, because after that, you can’t really “uninvite” someone.
After you drop off your save-the-dates at the post office, sit back, take a deep breath and feel better that you’ve another item on your wedding planning to-do list. You’re one step closer to the most magical day ever.
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