About Save-the-Date Cards

April 30, 2015 at 9:52 am Leave a comment

39160739ddPlanning your wedding involves many decisions including stationary considerations such as invitations, RSVPs, programs and save-the-date cards, often the first declaration of your impending nuptials. This month the focus is on stationary for your wedding starting with save-the-date cards, a special notice serving as an informal announcement of your wedding. Save-the-date cards help guests by notifying them of your upcoming wedding so that they can reserve time on their calendars. Read on to learn more about save-the-date cards.

Do I Need to Use Them?

Save-the-date cards are extremely helpful for many types of weddings especially if the date is six months or longer in the future. In contrast, formal invitations are only sent 2-3 months in advance of a wedding. Save-the-date cards should be sent out as soon as possible after you officially decide on a definitive wedding date.

Top Reasons for Sending Save-the-Date Cards

Sending save-the-date cards is optional and not a requirement. However there are certain criteria and circumstances that make them essential such as notifying out-of-town guests, getting married on a weekday, getting married during a major holiday or getting married nearly a year in advance. Destination weddings benefit greatly from save-the-date cards as they provide time for guests to prepare in advance for a trip.

Design Tips for Save-the-Date Cards

Traditionally, save-the-date cards are large square or rectangular postcards featuring a decorative announcement artwork or a photo of the couple on one side and mailing information on the other. Incorporate your wedding colors into your card design. If you have not decided on wedding colors yet consider using a large photo or graphic image as a background leaving room for type. Select a photograph depicting the two of you in a way that best reflects your individual style and personality.

How to Word Your Save-the-Date Cards

Wording your save-the-date is an easy task. Typically, a save-the-date card displays the announcement of “Save-the-date.” Additional information to include is the exact date of your wedding including day, month and year, your names and the location. You may also include if you wish, “Formal invitation to follow.” or a link to your wedding website. Choose an easy to read font and always double-check spelling before sending to the printers to ensure the information is correct.

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Send save-the-date cards to people you would like to invite to your wedding. Understand that save-the-date cards are not intended to serve as RSVPs, this information is reserved for invitations. Save-the-date cards may be included with other types of mailings such as holiday cards or family newsletters.

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