Planning a wedding requires a lot of work – charts, sheets, appointments, the list goes on. As excited as you are for the big day, you’re probably overwhelmed with the logistics of it all. Apart from the couple, the guests are the most important part of the ceremony. So it is with them that your planning starts – your Save the Date cards. These cards are more than just small pieces of paper. They’re the perfect way to kickstart the planning process and the way you ensure that your guests are informed about the event on time. So here is everything you need to know about sending the perfect Save the Date!
It is always advisable to send your Save the Dates at least 6-8 months prior to the big day. This will give the guests plenty of time to move around their schedule and ensure their attendance. Your guests will need more time when it’s a destination wedding as compared to one in your city/town. It also helps you know the total number of attendees; the sooner you send out the cards, the sooner you get the RSVPs.
All the basic information – the name of both halves of the couple, the event a.k.a a wedding, and the city it is happening in – they’re all a must on your Save the Date. You can also include your wedding website and engagement photos, but that’s entirely up to you!
Finding the addresses of all your guests can be a task. A good way to tackle this is to recruit your friends and family and divide the work. For example, if you have 80 guests and four helpers, you can give them all 20 people to track down and the work will be done in a quarter of the time it would have taken if you did it all alone!
A traditional Save the Date card can be expensive, costing around $150. A money-saving alternative can be going digital. Email the cards, and you’ll save a ton of money by going paperless. Another way is to design them yourself.