Wedding Etiquette Series Part 1: Save the Dates-why do you send them?

Part 1-Wedding Stationery Etiquette Series

Best Wishes! You’re engaged!  This time is such an exciting one for you both.  Exciting…and sometimes overwhelming.  There is so much to think about as you prepare for your wedding day. From the location of the ceremony and reception, to the vibe of the day-formal, informal or somewhere in between, to the perfect photographer, cake, flowers….so many decisions!

I'm happy to be doing a 12 part series on wedding stationery etiquette, and pass on some information that can really help you through the process.  There are so many things to think about when you are considering your wedding stationery. Having a little help along the way as you try and decode all the pieces never hurts! 

Sending a Save the Date card is a great way to provide helpful information to your guests. First and foremost, it will let them know that you are planning on inviting them to your wedding.  With everyone's busy schedule these days, it's so important to let people get things on their calendar.

If you are having a destination wedding, they are especially important because your guests will need to have plenty of time to book accommodations and flights.  For a destination wedding, you should plan to get your save the dates out 6-8 months before the wedding. You may be having a wedding where more guests who are local and won't need to secure accommodations. If that is the case, you should send them out 4-6 months before the big day.

Maybe you are getting married on a holiday weekend or in New England during “leaf peeping” season.  You will want to give people information about where to stay in the area.  This information can be included right on the Save the Date card or on your wedding website. 

What do you need to include on the Save the Date?  My best advice-less is more!

-your names (of course)

-the date of your wedding

-your website (or hotel info could go on the back if you don’t have a website)

That is really all you need!  You may want to include “Invitation to follow” also.  Don’t overwhelm your guests with information. Keep it simple!

Stay tuned…next time we will talk about all the pieces you may include in your wedding invitation suite!

**El's tip-When creating your save the date, it does not have to "go" with the rest of your invitation suite!  Make it your own!  Use a fun photo or maybe a map of your wedding location that will have all your guests talking!