If you’ve just experienced the exciting moment of booking your wedding day, then you may wish to send out save the date cards to your guests. Save the date cards are different to your wedding invitation, as they allow you to send your guests an informal greeting, revealing the exciting news. Whereas an invitation will provide your guests with the formal details such as the location and timings of the wedding, a save the date card is a fun to way to gear up your guests for the fun ahead. Read on to discover how to perfect your save the date cards.
When to send
Firstly, save the date cards should only be sent to those who are definitely invited to the wedding. It’s important to make sure you’ve finalised your guest list before creating the cards. A good time to send your cards is around four to six months before the wedding, to give your guests plenty of notice. If you’re planning a destination wedding, perhaps send them even earlier, to give your guests a good head’s up.
Designing your wedding save the date card can be a difficult process, as there are many different styles to choose from. A great technique to help you decide is to think about how you’re planning to theme your wedding. Aligning the card design with the theme of your big day will give guests an idea of what to expect.
You may wish to opt for a simple design, using a template with neutral tones or elegant calligraphy. This would work particularly well if you are opting for a more classic wedding. If you want to inject a personal touch into your cards, then adding a photo of the bride and groom to be will create a beautiful keepsake for guests.
If you don’t wish to reveal your wedding destination explicitly, then hinting through the design of your card can be a fun way to keep your guests guessing until the invitation arrives. For example, if you are planning on having a beach wedding, then adding an image of the coast, or decorating with pictures of seashells, is a great way to incorporate the location. If your wedding is abroad, adding a luggage tag into the card is a cute touch and will get your guests excited to pack their bags.
If you prefer handmade cards over printed, then invest in some stationery to achieve your desired look. Perhaps stamp the details of your day on to the card using a rubber stamp for a vintage look. Or, add a calendar with your date circled can offer a simple yet effective look. Also, using brown or textured paper can create a long-lasting and memorable save the date card, which looks good enough to display. Not only will these cards look rustic and stylish, but you may also save on colour printing costs.
Most importantly, remember to have fun when designing your wedding save the date cards. Hopefully, your guests can cherish these cards in the future as a memory of your big day.