Save the Date ideas

Save the date cards are intended to help your guests plan ahead and are often used by brides planning a destination wedding. There are no hard fast rules for when to send out your save a date cards, although 4-6 months is generally the preferred time scale. However with destination weddings they could be sent out as far as 9-12 months in advance, to give your guests ample time to plan for what is in effect a mini holiday for them too. Wedding Destinations does offer a great range of designs to choose from included in their services provided to you, designed by Kristal at Kristal Clear Designs although below are a few other ideas to get your mind thinking.

Setting the theme

Your save a date cards should match the whole theme of your wedding, whether it be a beach wedding on a tropical island or a wedding in the snow at a ski resort. Many companies offer a discount if you order both sets of cards together. Save the dates are not as formal as wedding invitations and consequently you can be as creative as you like.

What details to include

Typically a save the date card includes little more than the wedding date, your names and the location but in the case of a destination wedding you could include a small amount of information about the destination, nearest airports, hotel suggestions and the proposed schedules of wedding activities and events. If you've managed to block off a group of rooms at a discounted price be sure to include this information and a reference for how guests can book this. All of these things can help a guest decide whether to accept or decline your invite.

Design ideas

If you search online there are all manner of ideas for destination wedding save the date cards with a few popular ideas including sending a message in a bottle, luggage tags containing all the details, and magazines featuring the happy couple on the front with more details on the inside pages.

If you're creative you could have fun creating your own save the date cards from plain white card. Try and incorporate some ideas based on your destination. A simple beach wedding could feature some sparkly flip flops and some sea shells, as well as palm trees. Or if you're holding a winter wedding in the snow, then feature some snow flakes or husky dogs pulling a toboggan. If you're getting married in LasVegas, then you could send out a save the date card with a playing card theme.

Don't just think paper invitations, you could also send out fridge magnets, a jigsaw puzzle, a mug, bookmark or postcards. If you're on a tight budget then why not email your cards or even send personalised E-cards.

These are just a few ideas to give you inspiration and the only limits are your imagination.


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