Save the Date cards are a fantastic way to inform all your guests about your upcoming nuptials well before they receive a formal invitation. The sole objective of sending out Save the Date cards is to make sure as many of your guests are able to attend your wedding. By opting to send Save the Date cards you are ensuring all your guests have an ample amount of time to lock in the date for your wedding and decline other offers they may receive for the same date.
If you intend on marrying overseas or in a location that will require your guests to source accommodation, sending out Save the Date cards is vital. Your guests will need sufficient notice to organise travel arrangements, book adequate accommodation and to arrange time off from work. Failing to send Save the Date cards may result in a dramatic decline in the number of guests able to attend your wedding.
Out of Town Guests
Much like destination weddings, if you know a majority of your guests are from out of town you will need to provide them with plenty of time to organise their accommodation.
Time of the Year
If you intend on marrying in the middle of the peak wedding season, you might need to send Save the Date cards to ensure your guests will attend your nuptials over another couples. Also, if you wish to marry on a weekday you will need to inform your guests early to allow them enough time to request leave from work. Another consideration you’ll have to bear in mind is if you plan on marrying on a significant day such as public holidays or Valentine’s Day, just in case your guests already have plans or usually make plans for those days.
Unlike the stress involved in organising your wedding invitations, Save the Date cards can be fun. You can be as creative as you like when it comes to presenting your Save the Date cards and can tailor them to suit your personality or event. Your Save the Date cards also don’t need to match your invitations or wedding stationery. They are much less formal than wedding invitations and only really need to include a date. If you are not sure on your date simply offer an estimate as in the month or time of the year you intend on holding your wedding for instance ‘Summer of 2015’ or ‘February 2015’. As well as including a date if you are having a destination wedding you will need to add the details of the venue location or a recommended hotel/resort that you will be staying at that your guests can book with as well. Often hotels and resorts will be more favourable to accommodating group bookings for weddings and other events, they might offer added bonuses, discounts or even just ensure all y our guests rooms are conveniently located next to another.