Monday, April 5, 2010

Monday Coffee: the skinny on save the dates

A lot of our clients are a little unsure as to the etiquette surrounding save the date cards and what their true purpose is. Do you still send out your invitation 6-8 weeks prior? What do you include? Here is the skinny on save the dates:

1. save the dates can come in the form of a postcard or an invitation-sized announcement or something similar (we have recently heard of some cute online save the dates). It simply lets guests know that you have set a wedding date well in advance so that they can....well, save the date. For destination events, we recommend mailing these out about 10-12 months in advance if possible. For in-town events, 6-8 months should suffice. Though they aren't a necessity, they can certainly be appreciated by busy guests who might really need to set aside your date!
2. many clients make their save the dates super fun and different from their more formal invitation. Have fun with it! Use a silly engagement shot and ham it up!

3. it is acceptable to put your wedding website link on the save the date if you have one. This should be how your guests are privvy to lodging information and other wedding details and updates that you will not include on your invitation or insert (like registry information).

4. common questions: do we need to address these formally and send one to each and every invited guest? The answer is no. Again, keep these simple - no need to formally address and mail one to each invited guest. Rather, mail one to each household or family as opposed to each member of the Smith family who might be invited but not live at home.

5. if a guest indicates they can't attend after received their save the date, should we still send them an invitation? By all means, yes. As the save the date isn't a formal invitation, be sure to send a formal invitation to each and every guest whom you'd like to attend, even if they might have casually mentioned they might not be able to make it.

Happy Planning! Aleah + Nick
First Image from media.onsugar
Second image from trendsetttingwedding.com

1 comment:

jenny said...

love the suitcases!! hahaha! so cute! you guys have the greatest ideas.


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