FIVE THINGS TO REMEMBER TO DO WHEN SENDING SAVE THE DATES
In the last few months, with everything that has happened and with the number of weddings that have been cancelled it has hit me that 2021 is going to be a massive year for weddings. With that in mind, I wanted to publish this blog on The Invite Hub to help couples that are planning on sending Save The Dates out for their big day, be it this year or next. Here are five helpful tips to remember when sending out Save The Dates
1. WHAT TO PUT ON A SAVE THE DATE CARD
This is important information you need to be sure of. This is the first glimpse your guests will have of your wedding information and you want to be sure they are not left asking questions after reading. Be sure to include all the information they will need about the big day such as the location, date, and approximate time. Let the recipients know that they’ll receive an invitation with more details at a later date. Here are some things to include on the save-the-date card:
- Names of the couple getting married
- General location of the wedding and reception
- Date of the big day
- URL of the wedding website if there is one
- Hotels in the area
You can add some fun, personal touches to the card, such as something that ties into the theme of the wedding or an interesting tidbit about how the couple met. Adding a personal touch with an interesting approach lets the recipients know that this is an event they don’t want to miss
2. WHEN SHOULD I SEND MY SAVE THE DATES?
This is not an exact science, no one can tell you when you have to send your save the dates especially with COVID – 19 having forced couples to cancel weddings in the past few months. These weddings are all being rescheduled so it’s a free for all to secure your guests for your date. The general rule of thumb is to mail your save the dates six to eight months before the wedding. This will give guests ample time to request days off from work and make travel plans if you are getting married abroad or have guests coming to Ireland from overseas. If your wedding falls on a bank holiday weekend or is a destination wedding or summer wedding, aim to send them nine months to a year in advance.
3. DOES OUR SAVE THE DATE HAVE TO MATCH OUR WEDDING INVITATION?
I get asked this a lot. Save the dates tend to be less formal in style and more fun than a traditional wedding invitation, but at The Invite Hub I think all wedding stationery should be fun and stylish at the same time. My advice is to trust your heart, if you want to have fun with your Save the Dates then do, if you want a more traditional style with an eloquent font I can design what you need, also if you’ve taken engagement photos, choose a couple of your favourites to incorporate into a photo-themed save the date design. I can help you with any design you have in mind, don’t worry if someone is telling you your Save The Dates should be on exact way, this is your wedding and you should trust what your heart tells you.
4. WHO GETS A SAVE THE DATE?
Anyone, you’re 100 % sure you’re going to invite to your big day. If you’re entirely sure you are going to invite some people to your wedding then hold off, take your time and wait a while before sending them a Save the Date. Once someone receives a save the date, you’re obligated to send them a wedding invitation, so make sure you have finalized you are certain before posting.
5. DO WE NEED TO INCLUDE ‘PLUS ONES’ IN OUR SAVE THE DATES?
Yes, you should definitely include this information, just like a wedding invitation your guests need to know if they have a plus one or not on your Save the Dates. This reduces confusion or awkward conversations before the big day.
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Love, Sinead x