Save the date cards are intended as a reminder to keep the
day free in your calendar for the wedding.
In the case of destination weddings, save the date cards
are even more important as they give advance warning
several months ahead, of the intended destination wedding
which should allow the recipient sufficient time to organise
time away from work and to budget their finances.
There's no real rules as to when to post your save the date
cards, but in the case of a destination wedding, as soon as
possible is best, even if that is 12 months ahead. So what
information should your save the date cards convey?
Here are a few ideas for the design and content of your save
the date cards:
Portray the destination
Your save the date cards should portray what to expect of
the destination and type of wedding, whether it be a
romantic sunset beach wedding on a tropical island or a
snow extravaganza at a ski resort. Whatever, the theme
should be carried through to your wedding invitation cards.
Save the Date cards need not be as formal as the wedding
invitation cards, so be creative and have fun with them.
Many companies will offer a discount if you order both sets
of cards together.
Details to include
In essence a save the date card contains little more than
the date of the wedding, names of the wedding
couple, and the location. In the case of a destination
wedding, however, you could include a little more
information about the destination, nearest
airport, suggested accommodation, and preliminary
itinerary for the day. If you've secured group discounts
then include this information to help family or friends
decide whether or not it will be possible for them to attend.
Ideas for the design
A quick search online will reveal no end of save the date
designs including message in a bottle, passport and
boarding pass, and luggage tags.
If you're creative why not have a go at making your own. It
will make your guests feel more special to receive a hand-
made card. Try and incorporate ideas from your destination
into the design such as sending out an invitation on a
sparkling flip flop shaped card for a beach wedding or for a
winter wedding, portray some husky dogs pulling a sledge
with a banner giving the details, or for a Vegas wedding
send out your save the date on the back of a playing card.
Think out of the box
Don't just assume that your save the date cards need to be
made from paper. You could send out such things as fridge
magnets, a mug, post card or even a simple jigsaw puzzle to
piece together. If you're on a really tight budget then
consider sending out emails instead or a personalised e
With a little planning and creativity, you can send out save
the date cards which will fill your guests with enthusiasm
and have them packing in no time.
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