Get your wedding on your guests’ calendars with custom save the date invitations from Gracious Bridal. Sent in advance of the actual invitation, save the date invitations benefit both you and your guests. They give your guests plenty of time to make any necessary arrangements and to take advantage of cost savings available when booking travel in advance.
What Information to Include
Custom save the date invitations should provide as much information about your wedding events as possible to allow guests not only to reserve the date, but also to make any travel and personal arrangements. First and foremost, this should include the name of the bridal couple, the wedding date, the location, the URL for your wedding website, and the statement “Invitation to Follow.” You may want to create a small insert to go into the envelope along with the save the date card to provide additional details that will help your guests in their preparations, such as hotel options with contact phone numbers, flight or nearby airport information, group booking plans, a schedule of planned activities, dress code, destination information, and entertainment and sightseeing recommendations.
When to Send Them
Save the date cards should be sent out from 6 to 12 months in advance of the big day. As a rule of thumb, the farther the majority of guests will have to travel, the earlier you should send out your save the date invitations. Destination weddings require more complicated travel plans, especially if they are out of the country, so guests need plenty of notice. Even if they won’t be travelling far, but your wedding will be occurring around a busy travel time or a major holiday, guests will benefit from having more time to secure hotels and book flights at the best prices.
Who Should Receive Them?
Send save the date invitations to guests you are certain will be invited to the wedding. Once you have asked someone to save the date, you have essentially committed to extending them an official invitation, so be sure you have your guest list firmed up in advance. Be very clear about who will be invited far in advance of the final invitation by putting the names of each intended guest on the envelope to avoid later confusion. If children are not going to be included, guests will appreciate having ample time to plan for childcare. Occasionally, guests may RSVP to your event based on save the date invitations. Even if someone has already offered their regrets, you should still send them the formal invitation. People’s plans can and do change, and it’s possible that they’ll actually be able to attend your wedding after all.
Gracious Bridal custom save the date invitations come in a variety of stunning styles to capture your guests’ attention. Feature a formal engagement picture or candid snapshot on any of our photo card designs, or send your guests one of our personalized save the date magnets to post on their refrigerators. Many products in our collection give you the opportunity to customize your design color to coordinate with your wedding palette.
Shop the selection of custom save the date invitations from Gracious Bridal for a stylish way to give your guests advance notice of your special day.