Save the Dates: Top Tips
Getting married in the next year? Now is good time to send your save-the-dates! I've done a little research to make this easy for you. I hope the information and suggestions below are helpful.
Put these in the mail 6-8 months prior to your wedding (add a few months if you are having a destination wedding). Don’t send until you have your date & location set in stone. By the way, when you get your save-the-dates in the mail - that is the perfect time to meet with your designer or stationer to order invitations.
Who to send to
Only send to the people that will definitely be on your guest list. If you have people that you are on the fence about inviting, don’t send them a save-the-date. If you are allowing a guest to bring a plus-one or parents to bring their children, this is a good time to let them know by addressing the envelope as such.
They don’t have to match your invitations, but they are the first glimpse of your wedding style. They give your guests an idea of what is to come. These can be less formal than your invitations will be. Keep it simple. You can design around an engagement photo, have fun with a theme, or just send out the most important information. Many people choose magnets or cards, but my recent favorite was a coaster!
What to include:
Both of your names - first and last names.
The date of the wedding. If you will be hosting a weekend affair, including dates of other events is helpful for your guests to plan their travel.
City & State
“Formal Invitation to Follow” or something similar. This just allows guests to know that this isn’t the actual invitation and more details are to come.
If you have a wedding website, it is a good idea to include this on the save-the-date card. With that in mind, having your accommodations for guests confirmed before the save-the-dates go out is really helpful.
If you have a hashtag and want people to tag all of the events heading up to the wedding, now is the time to spread the word.
What not to include:
Registry information. You can have this on your wedding website and your friends and family can spread the word about where you are registered. ALL of the wedding details. That’s what the invitation is for.registered.
ALL of the wedding details. That’s what the invitation is for.
There are so many resources and ideas for Save the Dates. If you would like to explore the options and get started, I would love to meet with you; either in the studio or online.
Amy Hammond is the owner of Stone Hill Paperie, an invitation, stationery and personalized gift studio in the quaint village of Skippack, Pennsylvania. Available by appointment to give you the attention you deserve for your important and unique event. Whether you are looking for a new logo for your business or invitations for your wedding, that important corporate event, your baby’s baptism, or your child’s bat or bar mitzvah invitations, Stone Hill Paperie is here to help you find the perfect invitation to fit your style and budget..