Kick-Off your wedding planning with a creative save-the-date!
You just got engaged and you have started to look at possible wedding venues and wedding dresses, reserving a wedding photographer, organizing your wedding party, and handling the other facets of early wedding planning.
Now it is time to get your wedding guests in the loop. Your first step: Send a wedding save-the-date card. This pre-invitation mailing officially announces your wedding date and lets guests know that they will, in fact, be invited to the celebration.
As a general rule, it’s best to start spreading the news at around 6 months prior to the wedding ceremony (8 months for a faraway destination). This gives wedding guests plenty of time to book their travel, save a bit of cash, and ask for days off from work. Any earlier, and they may toss the notice aside. Any later, and it might as well be an invitation.
Save-the-dates have become increasingly creative and fun over the past few years. From fun photo shoots involving the family pooch to customized calendar stickers, couples are looking beyond traditional stationery when it comes to this stage of wedding planning.
When it comes to selecting your particular save-the-dates (something you should think about early in the planning process after reserving your venue and your photographer) consider incorporating elements of your hobbies, wedding location or a fun part of your love story. Most importantly, like any creative endeavor, try to make sure your save-the-dates reflect your personal style.
Here are some creative ways to save the date which you can find at Wedding Bells:
A customized stamp can be used to personalize traditional save-the-dates. You can then reuse your stamp for everything from invitations to favour bags.
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If you and your partner are into live music or theatre, try designing a performance ticket announcing your nuptials.
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This couple filmed their save-the-date beside a lake in British Columbia, near where they grew up.
Watch the video at VanWeddings Inc.
Keep things crafty (yet simple) by turning your save-the-dates into a DIY project using watercolour paint, cardstock and a custom stamp!
Find the DIY tutorial at Oh So Beautiful Paper.
Hosting a vintage celebration? Set the scene by sending out quirky telegram save-the-dates.
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