Save the Dates are a great way to provide your wedding guests with advanced notice months before your wedding so that they can plan everything they need to in order to be there for you on your big day. Sending out Save the Date cards not only notifies your guests of the date of your wedding, but can also include other important details such as the names of the individuals, wedding venue, website, or other ways to RSVP. Save the Date cards also allow your guests enough advanced notice so that they have plenty of time to take off work and arrange travel plans in order to be there to celebrate your day! Although Save the Date cards are simple and easy to send out, there are many common mistakes that brides make that can be easily avoided, in order to make sure every guest is properly informed about all your wedding day details.
Mailing too Soon or Too Late
It’s super important that your guests receive their Save the Date card well before the date of your wedding so that they have time to make any travel plans, find a babysitter, take off work, buy an outfit, and complete any other tasks in order to be prepared. Save the Dates should be sent 6-8 months prior to your wedding date. It’s also important to remember to only send them out after your venue has been booked! This way you can avoid any confusion if your dream venue has already been booked the day you have written on your Save the Date. The time you mail your Save the Dates out is essential to consider in order to make sure all your guests have the proper time to prepare for their attendance!
NOT PERFECTING THE GUEST LIST FIRST
It’s important to discuss all the details with your fiance regarding your guest list before sending out your Save the Date cards. This way, you can avoid forgetting to send out Save the Date cards to anyone you may have missed, or even worse, accidentally sending one to somebody you later decided to take off your guest list. Sending a Save the Date to someone you decided to later remove from your guest list only makes for an awkward discussion later, or an unwanted guest showing up at your wedding. Save yourself the stress and double check each guest on your list is permanent before you send out your Save the Date cards.
FORGETTING the Location
Including the location on your Save the Date might not cross your mind when you’re creating them, but it can actually be a very important detail for your guests to have as soon as possible. Sharing your wedding location allows guests to plan their travel arrangements, determine whether they will need to book a flight or make a hotel reservation. Knowing the location of your wedding is especially important for guests in other states or cities to know ahead of time so that they have enough time to make the plans necessary in order to attend your big day.
MAKING SILLY ERRORS
There is nothing worse than designing and customizing your Save the Date cards only to receive them in the mail days later full of silly spelling or grammar mistakes. Be sure to proofread everything and triple check that all of the details included on your card are correct before ordering them. The last thing you want to have to do amongst other wedding planning details is have to re-order your Save the Dates because of a silly mistake, not to mention the money you’ll waste in doing so.
ORDERING TOO MANY
Oftentimes it is easier to estimate about how many cards you will need without actually counting out the number you need to be sending to your guests. It is also easy to forget that not every guest needs to receive a Save the Date card, only one per household is necessary! By taking the time to count out how many Save the Date cards you really need, you can avoid any wasted products or money.
PROVIDING TOO MUCH INFO
It’s important not to bombard your guests with too much unnecessary information all at once. Save all the other important details like the wedding theme, the time of the wedding, the proper attire, etc. for the actual wedding invites which will be sent out later.
Save the Dates should only include the couple’s names, the wedding date, location, and wedding website (if applicable). If you wish, you can always write something on your Save the Date card along the lines of, “formal invitation to follow,” so that your guests know that there will be more details to come. Other than a few key details, keep the Save the Dates short and simple!