What are save the dates? Do you need one?
These are some of the most common questions that we are asked by brides during the enquiry process, so here we break it down for you.
Why should you use a 'save the date'?
There are so many elements to think about when organising your wedding that often it takes quite some time before you are able to confirm the finer details. This may be due to availability or it may be due to moving budgets around to make room for what is most important to you as a couple.
So a 'save the date' is the perfect way to take the pressure off you and your fiancé, while still giving your guests plenty of notice to keep the important date available for your day or weekend of celebration.
Save the date cards also gives you the option to 1) put an RSVP for your guests so you are able to collect the guest/s name and postal details for your formal invite, because let’s be honest, who actually has everyone’s physical addresses, and 2) save costs on the actual number of formal invites you need as some of your guests may already not be available to attend.
What information is needed?
A save the date only requires you and your fiancé’s name, the wedding date and location. The location allows for any out of town guests to start thinking about flights and/or accomodation, this is especially important if you are thinking of having a destination wedding. If you have not yet booked a wedding venue, simply put in the city where you will be tying the knot.
A save the date can be sent via post or for many modern brides now; digitally via email. A digital save the date invite is an efficient and cost effective way to give your guests a heads up.
As for when to send a save the date?
With engagement periods varying so much now between couples, there really isn’t a ‘right’ length of time to send a save the date prior to your wedding. The ‘best’ time is to send them as soon as you have a date and city confirmed for your special day. Whether it is 6 months or 20 months ahead of time, it will give you the best availability from your guests, especially if you are getting married during the peak wedding months in New Zealand of November - March, and also if you are getting married on a weekday or a long weekend where your guests may have other commitments.
How we can help...
As a part of our wedding services, we can provide both printed and digital E-invites to suit your needs. These are available with both semi-custom and custom designs to compliment your formal invitations that follow.
Chat to us today about designing a beautiful stationery suite for your big day.