It's summertime...vacation time...and this week...Save The Date time. In this week's summertime fun blog, I thought it was the perfect time to show off some of my new Save The Date package designs for 2016. Although these designs were created with Summertime in mind, as with any customized invitation, they can be catered for any season. True to my designs, there is a rustic, beach, nautical, vintage and vineyard design and are listed in no particular order…BUT…as always, I’d love to hear your comments on which ones are your favorites.
Although, Save the Dates are not mandatory, they are becoming common practice for most couples. In some cases, they may even be the first time you introduce your future spouse to some of your family and friends.
The general train of thought is that Save the Dates should go out six months prior to the wedding and up to eight months out for a destination wedding. Since you are sending out Save the Dates so far in advance, you may not know your complete wedding list but it is definitely a wedding etiquette don't to send a save the date to anyone without sending them an invitation.
All Save the Dates should have the bride and groom's name, the date, city and state. If are having a destination wedding, you may want to include hotel information either on the Save the Date or on a separate card. You can also include a wedding website if you have one.
Save the Dates can be as creative as you want them to be and should reflect the couple. They can be as simple as a postcard or as detailed as a bottle of the couple's favorite wine with the Save the Date on the bottle. Although, all the designs featured here have photos, they are not a requirement for Save the Dates.
If you are planning to use a photo from your engagement photos for your Save the Date, think about what you want it to look like and what you want your theme to be, before your shoot. Be sure to share your ideas with your photographer, as their knowledge and expertise can come in handy. If you want your Save the Date to include props, like a sign, writing on your shoes, a picture frame, scrabble pieces, etc, be sure to remember to bring them with you.
Remember I said that your Save the Date should reflect the couple, this applies to your photographs as well. Since our theme for these Save the Dates was summertime fun, we chose all outdoor places and activities. Other places to think about would be where you met, the place of where you got engaged, the venue where you are getting married or somewhere that reflects your favorite hobbies.
After all this, if you don't remember anything from this blog, remember this...a Save the Date is your way of announcing one of the most exciting events in your life to your friends and family. Let that announcement showcase your and your future spouse in a way that makes everyone feel honored to be invited and want to attend. But above all, have a great time doing it. The journey to your wedding day should be nothing but EXCITING and FUN!