Today Jennifer from Something Detailed is here to chat about the top questions she hears concerning Save the Dates. So if you’ve got questions, this post’s for you!
Whether you’re planning your wedding for this Fall 2012 or Spring 2013, save your
date with a Save the Date. And the sooner the better to secure your date on your
loved one’s calendars.
12 Save the Date Questions for 2012
1. What is a Save the Date?
Save the Dates are usually sent out with minimal wedding information to let guests know that your wedding will be that day. It usually includes a picture or design that hints at the style or type of wedding you will be having. It “saves your date” so that your friends and family can mark their calendars!
2. Do I even need to send out a Save the Date?
Not always. If you have guests who are traveling from out of town or you are planning a destination wedding, it is a great way to notify them formally so they can plan for travel. Summer weddings (high vacation months) and Wedding Season (May & October) would also be a good time to send a Save the Date.
3. When should Save the Dates be sent?
6 months to 1 year in advance of your wedding date.
4. What information should I include?
INFO TO INCLUDE: Name of couple, Date, City
OPTIONAL: Hotel info, Wedding website (will be constantly updated), Venue (but only if it is in stone!)
5. Who should receive a Save the Date?
Everyone who will receive a wedding invitation, so make sure your guest list is complete. Though, there will always be a few people your forget and will need to add later.
6. Do we include “and guest” on the Save the Date?
If you know for sure if you will be including guests for your single friends, then use “and guest” on your Save the Date. If you are not sure yet, don’t include it, but be sure to specify it on the formal invitation. Always be clear who is invited and include formal names, not nick names.
7. What if we change the venue?
In the unlikely event that you need to change your location or other information, make sure to update your guests as soon as possible. Update your wedding website, ask your bridesmaids to start spreading the news, use email to update everyone or even include a little separate printed note in the formal invitation. Personal and verbal notice is best to avoid confusion.
8. Can we include registry information on our save the date?
Your guests will probably know where you are registered, but it’s best to leave this to word of mouth and your wedding website.
9. Does it have to be a card?
No! It can be a magnet, postcard or an email. These days, we’re even update friends on Facebook! But beware of the social media or email update…those who you have not invited may get their feelings hurt.
10. How do we decide on style when we don’t really know what our wedding
style is going to be?
It’s always great to have a vision, but if you don’t just use your style and favorite colors. It will likely match the style and vision that you have for your wedding day as well.
11. Can we send out Save the Dates with another mailing:
Sure! Use Christmas cards, New Year’s cards or send a sweet Valentine’s Day card as your save the date.
12. How many should I order?
Make sure you have a fairly complete guest list. You should order one Save the Date per Couple, Family (with children under 18), Single Guest and enough extras for those whom you may have forgotten. If you are using and envelope you should always order 20 or more extra envelopes for errors or address changes.
So there you have it! The top 12 questions regarding Save the Dates. Didn’t see the question you’ve got on the list? Post yours over on our Facebook page and we’ll get you an answer!