While save the date cards are not the most common part of planning a
wedding today, but they can be a rather useful tool in keeping your
wedding organized. Many bride and grooms are often surprised when asked
about save the date cards, because most have never come across the
practice. So, what are these cards, how are they used, and when do you
So what Are Save the Date Cards?
Save the date cards are similar to the wedding announcements that you
see in the newspaper, but these cards are far more personal. They are a
way to tell your guests early that you are engaged and planning your big
day. It allows guests to keep that date open just for you.
How Are these Save the Date Cards Used?
Save the date cards are used to help guests plan ahead. They used to
be a necessity, though most people today just opt for wedding
announcements in the newspaper. The save the date cards are especially
useful if you are planning a destination wedding as your guests also
need to make arrangements. Since you send the cards out a year in
advance of your wedding, it allows guests to save up for the cost of
travel or avoid planning their annual holiday around that date.
What Specific Wording is Required?
You can get rather creative in your wording and style with these
cards. Some people opt to use a traditional invitation template while
others use magnets, brochures, postcards and more. It is a good idea to
offer some of the same information you would provide on your wedding
invitation, including lodging, car rentals, and maps. Make sure your
guests know that what you are sending is a save the date card and add
“invitation to follow” at the end.
If I’m on a Budget?
Sometimes save the date cards are the first things to go when working
within a wedding budget though they are worth the investment. If you are
cutting costs, you may not feel it is necessary to send out these cards.
However, it is a good idea to send save the date cards to guests who
live some distance away at least. You can try budgeting by only sending
to that small portion of guests and using postcards rather than printed
invitations or save the date cards. Some printers, though, offer
significant discounts on the cards as part of the package.
Save the date cards are e a helpful tool in planning your wedding. If
you are planning to have a lot of out-of-town guests or a destination
wedding, they are not something you should skip. However, allow yourself
to get creative and have fun with the less formal part of your wedding
If you are computer minded save the date cards can be created on your
own PC or Mac. Many programs even have templates to get you going and
with the cost of colour ink jet printers now being very affordable you
could quite easily design and print your own attractive cards
And the all add in building the excitement of your 'Special Day’