December 06 • 2016
Today we welcome the oh-so talented Lauren Rachel Design to share her advice to make sending Save the Dates a piece of cake. From information logistics to timeline etiquette, Lauren is a pro when it comes to paper. In Lauren’s words:
You’re ready to get the ball rolling for your “Save the Date” but you’re not sure where to start. There are plenty of things you have to determine now that you are engaged and planning your wedding day. Below are a few helpful hints to organize yourself for sending your Save the Dates to help all the details just fall into place.
The Top 3 Things to Set up:
- Set a date
If you haven’t already, you must set your date! This will mean you will need to have a few important things booked as well (venue, caterer, planner, etc). You shouldn’t settle on a date until you have some major components of a wedding booked for your desired date.
- Take engagement photos
This is not an essential piece of your Save the Date but it is recommended. It is great to have those informal, loving relationship photos because they will become some of your significant wedding memories. They can be used on your Save the Date, on your wedding website or in other fun details for your wedding day. In this case you will likely want to have your photographer booked for your date as well. Many photographers include engagement sessions in their photo packages which are included in the price.
- Wedding Website
A website is a nice place to keep some of the essential details of your wedding day, especially if you are planning a long weekend wedding, a destination wedding or if many of your guests are coming from afar and will need additional information for planning their stay. A website isn’t a must but it has become a popular way of keeping all essential and important information in one place. The internet has become one of the most used ways of finding information for people so a website can be extremely important. You can’t possibly fit all the details on your Save the Date so the website is a great “catch all”.
What details go on the Save the Date?
- Couple’s names, first and last
- Wedding date or dates if it is over a weekend or holiday
- Location (remember to include City and State)
- Note that the formal invitation will follow
- Website address
Remember the Save the Date should be out to your guest at least 4-6 months before the big day. For a destination wedding or a wedding over or near a major holiday, we recommend the Save the Date be sent 6-8 months in advance.
Why do you need to send a Save the Date?
- Gives you and your guests plenty of time to prepare
- Block off your date
- Arrange travel, ask for time off from work, and arrange pet or child sitting if necessary
- Helps you make sure you have all the correct mailing addresses before sending your wedding invitations
Always send your Save the Date to all of your wedding guest list. This should be information for everyone not just the people who are from out of town. Once those Save the Dates hit the mailboxes you will have guests excitedly awaiting your wedding invitation next!