Save The Date!


Man Men Themed Save The Date

Man Men Themed Save The Date


You’ve shared the happy news of your engagement, set your date, and finalized the guest list, now it’s time for your first official bit of business: sending out Save The Date announcements.

Save The Dates are a relatively new aspect of wedding planning, having only been in wide use for about ten years. Their original purpose was to give out-of-town guests lots of time to make travel arrangements. Today they go out to all your guests.

Less formal than an invitation, Save The Dates have a very simple purpose:  to tell your friends and family the day of your wedding and where the wedding will take place. (Don’t worry if you haven’t selected your venue. It’s enough to provide the city.) The Save The Date can also provide the link to your wedding website if you have one. No other information needs to be included as the full details will be provided later on in your wedding invitation.

The big question with Save The Dates is how far in advance should they go out?  Very simply, the more far-flung the guest, the more advanced notice should be provided. Your out-of-town guests will have to book off time from work and make travel arrangements; the more lead time they have, the better. A year’s notice is perfectly reasonable for guests traveling from the far reaches of the globe. For guests that are closer to your wedding venue allow six to eight months. At minimum send out your Save The Dates about six months before the wedding. (Invitations should be mailed about 8-12 weeks before your wedding.)

What I love about Save The Dates is that they allow you to have a bit of fun. Save the Dates can be a component of your wedding stationery suite, but many couples opt to design something unique. Save The Dates are the perfect vehicle to share a favourite image from your engagement photo shoot or drop a hint as to the theme of your wedding.

Vintage Map | Save The Date Stickers

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The fun comes in deciding what form your Save the Date will take. Some popular ideas: postcard, magnet, concert or travel ticket, tea towel. The options are only limited by your imagination and budget. If you’re stuck for ideas there are many on-line resources to help you create a unique and inexpensive design that will delight your guests. Here are four of my favourites:

Paperless Poste   The most cost effective and environmentally friendly option is to send out Save The Dates via email. Paperless Poste makes it easy to custom design your Save The Date, including using your favourite photo.

Wedding Chicks – The Wedding Chicks provide great ideas and free printables you can download from their site.

Creative Bag

Save The Dates, once little used, are now an essential tool that affords your guests ample time to make plans that will allow them to share in your wedding celebration.


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