Wedding themed save the date cards

Wedding Themed Save the Date Cards

Your wedding invitations are usually sent out between six and eight weeks before your wedding to give your guests enough time to plan and respond. However, if you have decided to plan your wedding on a popular or holiday weekend, that may not be enough time to give them to ensure they do not already have other plans. In these cases, save the date cards are a wonderful option. Save the date cards can be sent out as much as six months in advance of the wedding, and can be a thoughtful way to alert all of those guests that you would most like at your wedding, that you have set the date and hope that they will be able to attend.

Save the date cards are a relatively new development in the world of wedding invitations. Even though they are new, there are a few etiquette guidelines that many follow when sending out save the date cards. These thoughtful guidelines can help you decide whether or not they are appropriate, and how you can effectively use them. These tips can help you choose gorgeous save the date cards, and send them out to the appropriate people.

What are save the date cards?

Save the date cards are announcement cards that give friends and family a heads up that you have finally set the date for your wedding, and that they should save the date if they would like to attend. Save the date cards are usually the first formal notice that any of your guests receive about your wedding. Most wedding stationers now include save the date cards that are themed to fit your wedding, so that all your wedding components will match. However, if you choose, you can certainly mix and match your save the date cards, invitations, and thank you cards.

When should we send out save the date cards?

Typically, you should send out save the date cards between three and five months before the wedding, to provide your guests with ample time to make travel arrangements and hotel accommodations. Again, if you are planning your wedding during a popular holiday weekend, you may want to give even more notice than that. Some couples send out save the date cards as soon as they have confirmed their date and venue reservation.

Who should get save the date cards for my wedding?

Usually, save the date cards are sent primarily to family and friends who may have to travel to attend your wedding. If you have planned your wedding around a popular holiday such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, or Memorial Day weekend, you should send out save the date cards to all of your intended guests so that they can avoid making other plans.

What type of save the date cards should we choose?

There are several different styles of save the date cards available. The most common choice is a save the date card that coordinates with the rest of your wedding theme and colors. Most wedding stationery suites include a save the date card, or a card that is appropriate for use as a save the date card. A popular modern option is the magnetic save the date card, which is designed to be tacked up on a refrigerator so that it is in plain view, and an easy daily reminder of your upcoming wedding.

What should be included on the save the date card?

Save the date cards are meant to convey a minimum amount of information needed for your guests. Generally, your save the date cards should include the names of the bride and groom, the date of your wedding, and the city or general location where it will be held. At the bottom of the save the date card, many couples add the note that “invitations will follow.”

Do save the date cards have to match our wedding stationery?

Save the date cards definitely do not have to match the rest of your wedding stationery.  Many couples believe that since save the date cards go out well in advance of wedding invitations, they are the one piece of wedding stationery that can comfortably be completely different from the rest of the invitation suite. Many couples also choose a casual and even humorous save the date card. If you want to pay homage to your wedding theme, without being constricted by the invitations that you may or may not have chosen yet, you can easily choose a wedding themed save the date card that is suitable for a generic theme. For example, for a beach wedding you can choose a whimsical save the date card with seashells or shore scenes, or go with a love themed save the date card with twin hearts in red, silver, or white if you have not yet decided on a theme.

What if we want to do-it-ourselves?

You can create your own do-it-yourself save the date cards by first choosing wedding themed blank cards. You then set up your template with the wording that you wish to choose, adding in all of the necessary information without overcrowding the card. You can even add a photo of the two of you together, if you want to add an extra personalized touch before printing it out on a digital printer.

While save the date cards are not a necessary, or even traditional part of your wedding stationery ensemble, they are growing more and more popular as the years’ progress. A save the date card is a thoughtful way of letting your friends and family know that you have set the date and would sincerely like them attend and celebrate with you.

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