Save the Date: everything you need to know before your wedding

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Save the Date: everything you need to know

Are you already busy with the planning your wedding And have you figured out when you would like to get married? Congratulations! The big day is now getting closer and closer.

Although many people probably already know that you are getting married and maybe when, it is still good to send this pre-invitation so that guests can put it in their diaries. In this article, read all you need to know about save the date cards.

What is a save the date card?

A save the date card is not the same as the wedding invitation. It serves as a kind of pre-invitation, to let your guests know that you are getting married. The save the date card gives the necessary information to the guests so they can take this into account. Not everyone knows the difference between the save the date card and the real invitation, so put clearly on the card that the real invitation will follow.

When to send the save the date card?

A first important step is to think about when you will send the save the date cards. This depends on the kind of wedding you are giving. If you are hosting a wedding close to home, sending out the pre-invitation about 4 to 6 months in advance is enough.

This gives enough room for your guests to already keep the date free, but you don't have to give any further information yet, such as a theme. However, if you are planning a wedding abroad, it is important to give notice earlier. The minimum is six months, but the earlier the better. This is due to the fact that guests often need to arrange their tickets and accommodation as well and this gives them enough time to do so. You then send the actual invitation about 2 months before the wedding.

Who do you send the save the date card to?

The next important question to think about is who you send the save the date card to. Basically, you send the pre-invitation to everyone you want to invite to your wedding. Think about this carefully though, because once you've sent it, you can't afford not to actually invite that person afterwards.

Even the people you already know are attending should get a card. This way, no one feels left out and you also have a clear overview of who is coming. So send the cards when you have completed the guest list.

What's in a save the date card?

Another important point is what exactly is on the save the date card. As the name suggests, this contains the date of the wedding. Furthermore, it contains all the information guests need to get ready for the big day.

Besides the date, the venue is very important in this regard. If the wedding is taking place close to home, guests can see how to get there and what they need to consider. For example, if the wedding is taking place at the beach in summer, guests can take into account bringing sunscreen or their choice of shoes.

However, you don't need to put down the exact wedding location yet, this will only come on the actual invitation. Also, you don't need to mention a theme or dress code yet. The save the date card is purely meant to inform your guests when you are getting married and whether they need to consider travelling time.

a wedding abroad

When giving a wedding abroad, it is a good idea to mention the specific venue if there is one. This way, guests can arrange accommodation close to the wedding venue so they don't have to travel even far from there.

A website

Nowadays, many people have a website for their wedding. This is used to post the invitation, among other things, but also to upload further updates, the menu and photos of the wedding. If you have a wedding website, it is useful to put the link on the save the date card as well.

You can choose to create a secure website where each guest has their own login details. If you go for this option, you put on the save the date card the login details of the respective guest so that they can find further information on the website. So this does mean that each invitation should be different.

What does the save the date card look like?

Once you know all this, you can start designing the save the date card. The great thing about the save the date card is that you can play around with different themes and colour styles. In fact, this pre-invitation does not have to be in the same theme as the actual wedding. This gives you space to try out different things if you are unsure about which theme you want for your wedding. Play with different colours and patterns.

Do it your way

If you have the time and inclination, you can make each save the date card differently. Be creative. Don't feel like doing this? It is also fine to send one simple version to everyone. You can send the card either by mail or by post.

The risk of sending the save the date card by mail is that it may end up in spam, which means people won't see it. Therefore, make sure guests are informed or choose to send both a paper and electronic version.

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Thanks for reading this article! Above all, let me know what you want to see. You can see my entire portfolio view. In my opinion, I have the most fun profession in the world. Together with Nathalie, I have been photographing for just over seven years now and I have learned the most by getting to know many people. I think the camera is just a tool and it is the people who make the photo.
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