I see a lot of debate on wedding sites and forums over the increasing trend of sending save the dates for your wedding. It’s a relatively new idea, but as yet, not a firm tradition or expected necessity of the wedding planning.
There are several reasons why it’s become popular to send one, and all of them are valid considerations for part of your planning process.
- With weddings being booked months and often, years, in advance, it can be quite important to have a firm idea of your guest numbers before the wedding. While most save the dates do not require a RSVP, if your guests know in advance they cannot attend, they would let you know.
- Weddings are also increasingly being booked for weekdays, and giving your guests some forewarning that they may need to take time off work to attend your wedding can only be helpful.
- Alternatively, your wedding may be around a special holiday or Summer break, your guests will appreciate being given the heads up to include your wedding in their plans.
- Our circle of friends and families are much wider now, and you will most definitely have guests who you would like to attend that you don’t see on a regular basis..
- Also, many couples opt for a long engagement, so it’s a lovely way of letting your loved ones know that you have set the date for the wedding.
- If you are having a destination wedding, it’s essential to send one with the dates you will be there for, saving the finer details for the official invitation.
- If you have a wedding website, also include these details on your save the date so your guests can keep updated with your wedding planning.
- Save the dates are a great way to get super creative and are generally a bit more fun and less formal than your wedding invitation. It gives you the chance to start a theme for your wedding, or send magnets or CD’s, or even a personalised save the date photo of you and your partner!
There are loads of websites out there that will help you get creative with your ideas. We opted for a cinema ticket stub style and we designed it online at Zazzle, and sent them as postcards. You don’t have to go overboard with the expense either, keep the budget small and save the big money for the formal wedding invitations.
What are your thoughts on save the dates?