Sprucing Up A Classic Tradition
In a by-gone era (five to ten years ago), Save The Date cards were only used in circumstances where invited guests actually needed to simply Save The Date. Commonly used when a couple planned their celebration during a busy holiday weekend, or if the nuptials included a weekend adventure that required travel arrangements, and/or hotel accommodations needed to be made and time needed to be taken off work. Companies like Wedding Paper Diva's & Minted were ahead of the curve several years ago when they added Save The Date cards to their collection of on-line printable wedding invitation suites. The Save The Date card is the first opportunity for the happy couple to announce unabashedly -we're having a wedding celebration!
These days Save The Date cards are just as popular as the invitations themselves. So I ask you, will you be on board with this trendy take on an classic tradition?
The Emily Post etiquette surrounding this topic tends to be a bit loose, leaving the decision entirely up to personal preferences only offering guidance in regards to when you should send out your Save The Date cards. As a general rule industry professionals will suggest you start spreading the news no more than twelve months in advance and no less than six months prior to the wedding. If you've decided to jump on the band wagon, here is one idea to help make this particular choice more of a statement and less of a cliche. Color pallets, themes and invitation suites are often finalized weeks and month after these pre-invitations have found their way into your guests mail boxes. Remember, your wedding collateral does not have to be match-matchy. Photo enhanced cards are a great way to get the word out. The examples above from Wedding Paper Diva's shows one great photo can say as much as a collection of photos. Fun and flirty or soft and romantic, these photo enhanced cards can still reflect your style with out giving all the details of your wedding away. Want more Save the Date inspiration-? check out the gallery!