save the dates :: do you need them?

There has been increasing trend over the last few years, for couples to send out 'save the dates' in addition to their wedding invitations.  But do you really need them?

Questions to Ask

  • Are you having a destination wedding?

  • Will a lot of your guests need to travel (and you actually want them to)?

  • Is it just something you would like to do?

If you answered 'yes' to any of the above, then yes, you probably should send them.

When Do You Send Them?

A good rule of thumb is 6 to 8 months prior to the wedding date.  This gives your guests plenty of time to save up, to book flights, accommodation, and possibly plan a holiday around that date.

What Do You Include on a Save the Date?

  • Date (obviously)
  • The City
  • The Venue (optional, if you have it booked, to allows guests to book accommodation close by)
  • Your wedding website (if you are using one)

Additional Tips / Tricks

Don't make the style of the Save the Date too different from your wedding invitations.  This the first look your guests have of your wedding 'style', and it could set the completely wrong tone.  Doesn't mean you can't have fun with them though.

If you have booked your wedding photographer (and at 6-8 months out, you should have), take them up on a free engagement session (if they offer it).  This gives you great insight into how they will work on the day, and you could come away with the perfect image to use on your Save the Dates.

Think about sending your Save the Dates as postcards.  They are quick and easy, and will save you the cost of envelopes.

Be careful when sending large magnet-backed stationery in the post.  Australia Post isn't particularly fond of it, and you should have the words 'magnet enclosed' on the front of the envelope.

If you would like some help with the design of your Save the Dates, and/or a personalised wedding website, contact us for more information and an obligation free quote.