The Ultimate Guide to Choosing the Perfect Save-the-Dates

Hey there, future newlyweds!

If you've recently gotten engaged and are starting to dip your toes into the vast ocean of wedding planning, you've probably heard about save-the-dates. They are the prelude to your official wedding invitations, giving your guests a heads-up about your big day so they can mark it in their calendars.

So how do you even choose the perfect save-the-dates? If your thinking about your save-the-dates you have probably already secured your venue. But maybe you don't fully know your wedding theme, colours at this point - and thats okay! Heres are run down on how to send vout save the dates.

1. Timing Is Everything

First things first, let's talk timing. While it's tempting to jump the gun and send out your save-the-dates the moment you get engaged, it's best to hold off until you have a few key details in place – like your wedding date and venue. Typically, you'll hear recommendations of sending save-the-dates anywhere from 6 to 12 months before your big day. However, from my experience, earlier is often better. People have busy schedules, and they might need to plan trips or holidays around your wedding. I've found that around 18 months before your wedding hits the sweet spot. This gives your guests plenty of time to mark their calendars and start getting excited about celebrating with you!

2. Embrace Your Personal Style 

Now, onto the fun part – choosing a design that reflects you as a couple. Maybe you're into rustic charm, minimalist elegance, or bold and colourful designs. Whatever floats your boat, there's a save-the-date style out there for you. And hey, if you haven't fully nailed down your wedding theme yet, that's totally okay! Focus on what speaks to you right now and trust that it'll all come together in the end.

3. Consider Your Budget

Budget talk might not be the most glamorous part of wedding planning, but it's definitely important. Save-the-dates come in all shapes, sizes, and price points, so take some time to figure out what works for you. Remember, it's not just about the cost of the cards themselves – factor in extras like envelopes, postage, and any customisations you might want.

4. Keep It Informative (But Not Too Informative)

When it comes to the nitty-gritty details to include on your save-the-dates, less is more. You don't need to spill all the beans just yet – a simple "Save the Date" along with your names, wedding date, and location is plenty. Save the juicy details for your formal invitations later down the line.

5. Have Some Fun

Lastly, don't forget to inject a bit of personality into your save-the-dates! Whether it's a cute photo of you and your partner, a quirky illustration, or a clever pun, this is your chance to let your personalities shine. After all, your save-the-dates set the tone for your wedding day, so why not make them memorable? For example, my fiancé and I decided to add a cheeky touch by including small baby pictures of ourselves on the back of ours – it was a fun little detail that got a laugh when they turned the card over!

So there you have it – your crash course in choosing the perfect save-the-dates. Remember, there's no one-size-fits-all answer, so trust your instincts and go with what feels right for you and your partner. And above all, enjoy the journey – because before you know it, you'll be saying "I do" surrounded by the ones you love most. Cheers to your happily ever after!

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