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Everything You Need to Know About Save-the-Dates!

Posted on December 28 by Allison Dupree

The love of your life asked you to get married, and of course you said “YES!” Once all the engagement craziness settles, it’s time to get to down to business. After some searching, you’ve set a date and picked a venue. You want all of your friends and family there, no exceptions. Want to make sure everyone schedules you in right away? Time for save-the-dates!
     Traditionally, save-the-dates were sent to notify wedding guests of destination weddings in order to give them ample time to make travel reservations. Nowadays, if someone is getting married, there’s bound to be a save-the-date, no matter where the wedding is taking place. We also highly recommend them for holiday weekend weddings.
     While no one has to send a save-the-date—they certainly are not required—they can be a lot of fun. It’s your first “official” announcement of your wedding—and the excitement that will ensue. Here are some tips from Cambridge Street Papers in Madison to help make the creative process easier. Let’s start with the basics:

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WHO: Even if you plan to use a photo, make sure to include your names on the card. Some of these might be going to your father’s business partner, and they might not have seen a photo of you since you were a little girl!

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WHY: So that your guests can schedule your wedding date in their calendar. Especially important if your wedding falls on a holiday weekend, the majority of guests are from out-of-town and will require hotel and plane reservations or if you’re having a destination wedding far away.

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WHAT: Even though it may seem obvious, say something along the lines of “We’re getting married” or “For the wedding of” so that guests know for sure that it’s about your wedding day, not an engagement party or announcement. 

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WHERE: While you don’t need to include your exact venue address, the city and state are a must. Not having your ceremony at the venue? That’s okay! Still use the reception city and state, as well as “formal invitation to follow.”

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WHEN: Save-the-dates are meant to do just that: Have your guests save your wedding date in their date books, planners, iCal or however they keep track of important events. For local weddings, we recommend sending them out six to eight months in advance. For destination or holiday weddings, or if a majority of your guests are traveling from out of town, eight to 12 months is better so they can make travel arrangements.

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    Now that you have the basics, here are more tips:

1. Be aware of when you send out your save-the-dates. If you can, try to avoid mailing them out during the holiday season so that your save-the-date doesn’t get mixed in or lost among everyone’s photo cards.

2. Your save-the-date does not need to match or have the same formality as your wedding invitations. But keep in mind that your save-the-date does set the tone for your wedding since it is your guests’ first look at your big day.

3. If you have a wedding website, you can include it on your save-the-date. It can be written either on the card itself or included on a smaller business card and placed in the same envelope as the save-the-date. This will allow your guests to book their hotel rooms in advance and see all of the details of your fabulous wedding.

4. If you are 100% certain a guest will be allowed a plus-one, you can address the save-the-date with “and guest” so both guests can start planning accordingly.

Click here to create your own custom save-the-dates!

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