Saturday, October 20, 2012

Save the Date!!!

Photo by Melissa Mccrotty Photography  via Urban Style


"I just got engaged, where do I start?"

Does this sound familiar to you? Congratulations on your engagement! Your man just put a ring on it and now the fun begins! Once you two have decided on a date, it’s about time to share it with family and friends. Your first step is to send out wedding save the dates. Today’s post is all about some important tips on Save the Dates!


Do I have to mail out Save the Dates? This is usually a common question. No you don't have to, however, it's highly recommended if your are having a destination wedding or if it falls during a travel holiday weekend. The purpose of sending a save-the-date is to allow your friends and family adequate time to prepare for your day.This especially helps your guests plan for a destination wedding which includes booking travel and hotel accommodations, scheduling time off from work and saving extra cash.
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The general guideline to send out save the dates is 4-6 months before your wedding date. But if you’re having a destination wedding, plan to give your guests at least 9-12 months notice. Don't forget to include the following details:
- Couple’s names =)
- Date of the wedding
- Location where the wedding will be held, ie “Louisville, Kentucky”
- Note that a formal invitation is to follow
- The address of your wedding website
- If it’s a destination wedding (or you have a lot of out of town guests!), hotel(s) and travel information should be listed.


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One of the toughest part in preparing Save the Dates is taking note of everyone's current mailing address. Nowadays, in this digital age, we no longer send letters as often as our parent or grandparents did! Personally, I don't even keep a current address book. One suggestion I've read for keeping track of addresses is to create a spreadsheet with different columns with the guest's proper name, mailing address, rsvp, etc. You could do something similar in Google Docs so that other people will have access to the document and can edit or view it. Once you have the addresses you needed, it will be easier when it comes time to mail out invitations.

When it comes to choosing a design for your Save the Dates, make sure that it reflects who you are as a couple! I highly recommend hiring a local graphic designer or wedding stationary professional to work with you to create the perfect design! Feel free to check our amazing list of Wedding Invitation Designers here in Louisville!


Photo by Kellan Studios via Beyond Beyond
Check out our post on alternative or informal Save the Date ideas. Some of my favorite Save the Dates are videos, postcards, magnets, and other items. I love seeing how couples can have fun and be free to do something unique and creative with these pre-wedding invitation.

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