Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Save the Dates- the First Glimpse

Congratulations! You’ve set your date, secured your venue, and started to finalize your guest list. Now comes the fun part – telling your guests about your wedding!

Save the date announcements have become an increasingly popular way of letting guests know about your upcoming nuptials. While not imperative, sending save the dates are a good idea if you’re getting married on a holiday weekend, if you are expecting a lot of out-of-town guests, and especially if you’re planning a destination wedding.

Plan on mailing save the dates 4-6 months prior to your wedding, so that guests can begin to make any necessary travel arrangements. For destination weddings you may wish to extend the timeframe from 6-9 months.

Consider including accommodation information, or your wedding website, with your save the dates. You should aim to have save the dates ordered 2 months prior to mailing them. This will give you time to finalize your guest list and address your envelopes.

Start thinking about your invitations while looking for save the date announcements. Now is the perfect time to establish the tone for your wedding, and can provide a cohesive feel to your wedding stationery.

~Christina, paperzest

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