Sending save-the-date cards for an upcoming event has become a common practice especially since weddings and bar/bat mitzvahs are often a weekend event. They are particularly helpful if your event will take place over a long holiday weekend, if you are having a destination wedding or if you expect to have a lot of out of town guests. This way your friends and family are better able to plan around work and school schedules and book their travel and hotel rates well in advance, ensuring more reasonable rates.
Typically, the save the date is sent out up to a year prior to the wedding. This also happens to be the time that you are beginning the detailed planning of your event. You’ll most likely know the color palate, and the look and style or theme which should be reflected in the card, but the information, including the card stock, should be quite minimal. Include your names, date and the location, and any hotel room block information. If you have a wedding website, it’s a great place to inform your guests of how to stay in touch. Most important, let your personality come through; don’t be afraid to have fun!
The save the day is a fun way to “kick off” all the event festivities by giving your guests a glimpse of what’s too come and create excitement without giving too much away. Your friends and family will thank you!
Beautiful Save-the-Date card by: Toby Dondis