5 major tips for awesome Save the Date Announcements

Your Save the Dates don’t always have to match your wedding invitations, but it can be fun to make sure they coordinate.  Your announcements can be fun or formal, quirky or silly.  We’ve had brides sent out coasters as their announcements before, and many brides choose to go the traditional route and send photo cards.  Either way, there’s a handful of things you’ll want to make sure you do correctly.

Now it’s time to get your save the dates in order. Check out these 5 major tips for awesome Save the Date Announcements:

1.  Don’t send them too early, but don’t send them too late.
We recommend sending your save the dates out about 6 months before your wedding date, unless you’re getting married abroad.  Then, you’ll want to give your guests a generous 10-12 months time to prepare travel arrangements.

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2.  Make them personal.
Your save the date is the first glimpse your friends and family will have of your wedding, and it’s all about that first impression!  You’ll probably still be deciding on a color scheme, so don’t stress too much about making sure they match your wedding stationery.  Pick a fun, memorable design that captures who you are as a couple.  Include your engagement photos, too, especially for family members who haven’t seen you in a long time!

3.  Choose the right photo.
Speaking of personal, it’s important to choose the right photo for your announcements.  Not all photos work with every save the date layout!  You won’t want to submit a vertical photo for a horizontal layout.  Your photographer will likely take photos of you with white space, allowing your designer room to place text around you, but a trained designer will be able to make most photos work!

4.  Don’t leave out important details
You’ll want to include your names, wedding date, and city and state you’re getting married in.  Most announcements also include “formal invitation to follow” or the address of your wedding website, but there’s no need to include any other information on your announcement!

5.  Finalize your guest list before sending out announcements.
You’ve set the date, and now you’re super excited to get your save the dates out. Take a deep breath. One thing that’s an absolute must prior to sending your save the dates is to thoroughly think through and finalize your guest list. It’s definitely not okay to send a save the date to someone who is not guaranteed to get an invite to the wedding.

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