Brides-to-Be, no doubt your minds are swirling with Pinterest images, bridal countdown items, and the inevitable “what ifs” that come along with wedding planning. Sifting through the endless To Do Lists is a daunting task, and you may be wondering, “How many of these things do I really need?” And you’re right, there are several wedding planning items you can don’t necessarily need, however, a Save the Date card is one we recommend that you do not skip. In case you’re on the fence, let us help with this list of 5 reasons to send a Save the Date.
1 – A SAVE THE DATE DUALS AS A FORMAL ANNOUNCEMENT OF YOUR ENGAGEMENT
Most close family & friends have probably heard the news of your engagement, but for those that are far away or those who aren’t connected through social media, a Save The Date may be the first time they have heard of your upcoming nuptials. This is not only the first piece of the pending invitation, but it acts as a formal announcement to all who are invited, that you would like to formally share with them this momentous event.
2 – YOU REALLY DO WANT THEM TO ATTEND
Hey, people are busy. Most working adults have vacation time and travel reservations well in advance. Don’t miss out on them missing your big day because you didn’t give them proper notice. Send out a Save the Date to ensure that they actually DO reserve that date (or the entire weekend) for your wedding.
3 – YOUR WEDDING IS A DESTINATION EVENT
It takes time to plan for a wedding that is out of town. Whether driving or flying out of town, your guests will need to make arrangements for accommodations and quite possibly request time off of work. Your respectful advance notice of the date, city and time frame will allow them to plan accordingly and without the stress of time constraints or expensive airline tickets.
[box]IF YOUR GUESTS HAVE TO PLAN A TRIP IN ORDER TO ATTEND YOUR WEDDING THEN IT IS CONSIDERED A DESTINATION WEDDING![/box]
4 – ANNOUNCE YOUR WEDDING WEBSITE
A Save the Date is the perfect place to provide your wedding website URL to guests well in advance. And don’t worry if it’s not complete just yet. The wealth of information you provide can be added bit by bit and be ever growing. Providing this totally invaluable resource to your guests on your save the date will ensure they have the information they need in order to plan their trip early. Everything from recommended hotels to your favorite restaurants and local hot spots will assist your guests in successfully planning an enjoyable stay during the weekend of your wedding.
5 – SET THE DATE IN PRINT
Your Save the Date solidifies that you, in fact, have an official date, a venue, and a guest list! These are the three major top priorities in planning and getting a head start on these three triumphs is oh so important to moving onto all of the other (perhaps more fun) details. If you go so far as to select a Save The Date that is a precursor to your invitation suite, then you are already waaaay ahead of the game because that means you have made massive decisions about color and mood and you have officially laid the groundwork for the rest of the planning. It’s time to have fun!