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A Guide to Save the Dates

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Emily Ziegler • March 25, 2024

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As wedding stationery designers, we understand the excitement and anticipation that comes with planning your dream day. That’s why we’re here to introduce you to our comprehensive Save the Date Guide—a must-have resource for couples embarking on their wedding planning journey. When it comes to setting the tone for your wedding celebration, save the dates are one of the first pieces of stationery you’ll be looking for. Connecting with a stationery designer now is essential, ensuring that your save the dates align seamlessly with your invitations and overall wedding aesthetic. Here at Heather Paperie, Heather and I are committed to guiding you through the process and making it stress-free every step of the way.

Why Save the Dates Are Necessary

Save the dates serve as the official announcement of your wedding date, allowing your guests to mark their calendars and make any necessary arrangements well in advance. In today’s busy world, they’re a courteous gesture that ensures your loved ones have plenty of time to plan and prioritize your special day. They are your guests’ first view of your unique wedding style.

Custom vs. Pre-Made Designs

While websites like Zola, Minted, and Zazzle offer a wide array of pre-made save the date designs, opting for custom designs has distinct advantages. Custom save the dates allow you to infuse your personality and unique style into every detail, ensuring that they perfectly reflect the vision you have for your wedding day. With custom designs, you have the flexibility to create something truly one-of-a-kind that sets the tone for your entire celebration. Custom stationery creates a lasting first impression and builds anticipation for your wedding. 

When to Send Save the Dates

Save the dates should be sent out approximately six to eight months before your wedding date for local weddings and eight to twelve months in advance for destination weddings. This gives your guests ample time to mark their calendars and make any necessary travel arrangements. Sending them out too soon may risk them getting lost in the shuffle, while waiting too long may result in conflicts with your guests’ schedules.

What to Include on a Save the Date

Save the dates typically include your names, the wedding date, and the location (if it’s already confirmed). You can also include a website URL where guests can find additional information about your wedding, such as travel accommodations, registry details, and more. As for the format, save the dates can take the form of traditional cards, magnets, or even creative alternatives like bookmarks or coasters—whatever suits your style and wedding theme. Because they are your guests’ first view into your wedding, they are a great opportunity to set the tone for your big day by showcasing your wedding brand and style. Here at Heather Paperie, Heather and I are experienced wedding stationers who can help create your unique wedding brand to help wow your guests and build consistency throughout all your wedding paper.

Who Gets a Save the Date

Save the dates are typically sent to everyone you intend to invite to your wedding, including immediate family members, close friends, and any other guests you definitely want in attendance. Are you stuck on creating your wedding guest list? Check out our Complete Guide to Making Your Wedding Guest List.

Don’t wait any longer to get started on your save the date and Invitation order! Reach out to us now to begin the process of creating custom save the dates that perfectly capture the essence of your love story and set the tone for your wedding celebration. With our expertise and guidance, you can rest assured that your save the dates will be a memorable and stylish introduction to your special day. From your custom save the dates to your invitation suite, you’ll want your wedding branding and design to be consistent and set the tone for your big day. Contact us today to embark on this exciting journey with our Save the Date Guide by your side.

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