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Jackie’s Top Tips: Save-The-Date

March 23, 2010

A Great Save The Date!

Save-The-Date cards are a great idea, and a necessity in my opinion.  Everyone is busy these days and the cards give people the opportunity to plan ahead for your special day and put it in their calendar! Ideally, they should go out as soon as your guest-list is finalized.  There are lots of DOs when it comes to getting the word out about your big date, but there are some definite save-the-date DON’Ts as well!  We’ll get the DON’Ts out of the way:

DON’T send Google Calendar invites or emails. Opt for a paper version that you actually send in the mail-for several  reasons.  Besides being tacky, Evites will most-likely get lost in the sea of emails everyone on Earth gets every day.  The Save-The-Date sets the tone of the wedding, and pretty invitations send a subliminal message that your wedding is not to be missed.

DON’T break the bank.  There are plenty of ways to get great Save-The-Dates without going over budget, so definitely shop around!  Designer invites, for example, often change seasonally or yearly, so check online for overstock or past-season cards.  If you’re crafty, you can even make your cards!  And for the budget-conscious, try not to send square or oversized Save-the-Dates.  They cost more to mail, and if you have 200 guests, the extra postage costs can add up quickly.

DON’T send Save-the-Dates during the holidays, as they can easily get lost among all of the Season’s Greetings.

Now, for the Must-DOs!

DO get creative! Remember, you’re setting the tone for your party, so don’t be afraid to think outside the box.  Send guests magnets with a picture of the two of you, or small stickers that they can put directly on their calendars or in their date books. There are so many cute and creative ways to get the word out.

DO include only information that has been confirmed.  If you know your wedding is on July 15th, at 5:00 PM, include it on the card.  However, if you’re not sure about the time, or are still debating venues for the reception, it’s better to wait for the actual invite to clue your guests in on the details.  It’s best to play it safe and avoid confusion since things can change throughout your wedding-planning journey!

Stay tuned for our next tip! And remember, if you have questions in the meantime, send them to!

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