Your wedding date may be ingrained in your head forever, but your busy guests could easily forget if it’s the third Saturday or a seemingly random weekend in April. Between busy work lives and hectic family schedules, you can’t rely on your guests to write the date on their calendars, but you can give them a helpful reminder of this important date in your life.
When you order your wedding invitations, be sure to include save the date cards. These convenient little cards ensure that your friends and family can be there for one of the most meaningful days of your life.
What are Save the Date Cards?
Save the date cards announce the date of your wedding to help your guests remember when your big day is approaching. Traditionally, the save the date cards are printed on a small piece of cardstock. But you may also consider using a book mark, magnet, or other small item with your wedding date. Your guests are more likely to take notice of creative save the date cards that deviate from the norm.
Save the date cards also announce the date well in advance, so that your guests can avoid planning vacations, their own weddings, or other events on your big day.
When Should Your Send Save the Date Cards?
Although you can order save the date cards with your wedding invitations, these cards should actually be sent well before your wedding date. Most wedding planners recommend that you send save the date about six months in advance. If your wedding is already less than six months away, send the cards as soon as possible.
Don’t make the mistake of sending them with your invitation. These cards are meant to be sent well ahead of time, so that guests know that you’re planning a wedding. You follow up with the formal invitation that has all of the details about the date.
How can Your Save the Date Cards Reflect Your Style?
Your save the date cards are a perfect way to introduce your guests to your wedding style. If you haven’t chosen a style or theme for your wedding, don’t worry. Your save the date cards don’t necessarily have to match your wedding invitations, or even include your theme colors. Go with your gut, because your first instinct will most likely reflect your personality. Here are some more tips to find a save the date card that reflects your personal style:
* If you haven’t picked out theme colors yet, think about whether you want a modern wedding or something more traditional. For a modern wedding, you’ll want a sleek design with bold colors. But if you’re interested in a more formal wedding, you can use traditional designs and subdued colors.
* Make sure that the script you use is easy to read. While ultra formal, curly script can be elegant, readability is key. Your guests should be able to understand the message with a quick glance.
* Make your save the date card personal and fun! You can reflect a favorite activity or hobby that you and your fiancé share on the card, or even use a picture of yourselves to make the card extra special. Remember, your save the date cards don’t have to be in line with the wedding theme, so this is a great opportunity to get creative.
* Consider a save the date card as part of an invitation package. If you’re ready to make decisions early enough, purchase the save the date cards along with an invitation package. That way, the designs will match and you’ll have the chance to save some money on your complete order.
* Pick out save the date cards as a couple. Generally, brides do the bulk of the wedding planning, but it can be fun to shop for save the date cards together. Although you may have been dreaming about your perfect wedding cake or the ideal location since you were a little girl, save the date cards are ideal for compromise. So, if you and your groom have very different styles, let him pick the save the date cards.
While they may seem insignificant, save the date cards are crucial for a successful wedding. They help you make sure that the people you love and care about most are there as you begin a new chapter of your life. Naturally, there will always be a few people who can’t come, but save the date cards that are sent far enough in advance will help make sure that your wedding venue is full of smiling faces on your big day.
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