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Wedding planning: Save-the-Dates

November 10, 2011

I’m sure you know what a Save-the-Date is but if you’re in the beginning stages of planning your wedding you may be wondering why you need them and whether they’re a necessary expense. I, for one, think they’re a great detail to have. Here’s why.

  • It’s an opportunity to get creative.

Your wedding invitation sets the tone for your wedding and so should match your theme, colors, and include your icons or logos. Your save-the-date doesn’t have to follow any of that! You can do whatever you want.

  • It announces your wedding date.

You know, so people can save the date. Planners love this. Pretty much everyone loves this. Oh, Jack and Jill are getting married May 24th. We better put that on the calendar!

  • It increases the chances of receiving your RSVP cards on time.

While this isn’t the case with all your guests {trust me, you will still have to make calls}, providing the date months in advance should enable people to actually return their RSVP cards soon after they receive them.

  • It gives out-of-town guests time to plan their trips.

This is probably the most important, and practical, reason for sending save-the-dates. Your invitations are sent 6-8 weeks before the wedding–certainly not enough time to research airfare, book a hotel room, and find a rental car. While you could spread the word to out-of-towners before sending the invitation, giving them something tangible to put on their fridge or in their planner will remind them to start making those reservations.

As far as timing goes, save-the-dates can be sent up to a year in advance and should at least be sent four months prior to the wedding. They don’t have to be sent to all your guests but they should ONLY be sent to people who will absolutely be invited to the wedding {because you are telling them to save the date!}. If you decide to only send your save-the-dates to out-of-town guests, make sure you don’t leave anyone out. It would be bad if your Aunt Kay saw your announcement on your Aunt May’s fridge and didn’t receive one herself. {Does anyone have aunts named Kay and May?!}

Just like the table numbers yesterday, there are SO MANY options for save-the-dates. And you can do it for relatively cheap {you like those words, don’t you?}. In fact, I’ll be back tomorrow with some fun and exciting examples. So, stay tuned!

Any thoughts on save-the-dates? Can you think of another reason to send them that I left out? And how unfortunate is it that the acronym is STD? Makes for some awkward moments in wedding planning, let me tell ya.


Save-the-Date via Oh So Beautiful Paper.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. November 10, 2011 11:27 am

    I love our save the dates! They’re up there on the list of my favorite parts of our wedding. We mailed them to out of town (and/or older and/or family) guests and emailed them to our local friends. Since my family is mostly in New England and Zach’s family is in Illinois/Wisconsin/Michigan and Tennessee, there were a lot of people who had to make travel plans.

    Heehee, STDs. 😛

    Oh, also! They were postcards! So we saved mucho moolah on postage.

  2. November 10, 2011 6:34 pm

    We should try to find something better than STD…

    My cousin sent out a save the date with tons of info on hotels, weekend activities-it was invaluable!


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