I know everyone gets excited when they see a handwritten envelope in their mailbox – or at least I do! Save the dates are typically sent out 6-12 months prior to one’s wedding. They have become a bit more postcard like, being easy to send and no response necessary at that point. Magnets are also popular to then remind people stuck up on their fridge.
Sending save the dates to invited guests is particularly important for destination weddings or weddings where there will be a large number of interstate/international guests. This gives them time to plan/save/book for your big day. Keep them pretty simple, so that they are not confused with an actual invitation – they only need to have the basics of who, when, where.
- Couples names
- Wedding date
Hopefully by the time you’re sending out your save the dates you’ve got a clear idea about colours and overall theme. This helps set the tone of the wedding and starts building a picture of what’s to come. Especially once they’re sitting next to your final invite, you want them to feel the same.
A few examples from across the web – from Smokeproof Press, Marit Hanson, Wedding Paper Divas and Martha Stewart.
Now, invitations can be a hard one. More often than not a bride chooses to engage a designer to bring their vision to life. There are also some great websites that allow you to create professional looking invites simply, and relatively cheaply. One of my faves is Pink Frosting or Dream Day Invitations for online executions.
My friend has a beautiful invitation company if you’re looking for a more personal touch! Check out Little Bird Told Me for some of their examples and contact details.
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