Should I Save the Date??

June 8, 2010  |  In Her Shoes

As an invitation designer and wedding planner, I get asked a lot about who needs to send Save the Dates. My answer is always the same: if you are having a destination wedding or on a holiday weekend send them. If not, don’t worry about them. If you are having a destination wedding guest may want to plan their vacation time around it or book hotels early. If it’s around a holiday, your guest will need to know soon so they don’t plan their vacation then if their planning on attending.

If you’ve got room in your budget for them though send away. I have to admit, although I don’t think their practical, I do love designing them and getting them! So when it came to my own wedding I knew people would be anticipating lots of paper goods (including Save the Dates) because I sort of do this for a living.

Let me be honest, sending them out was definitely headache and stressful. First of all, we got engaged six months before the wedding. Yep, that IS when Save the Dates should go out. Every week, I’d tell myself “they HAVE to go out this week!” We had a few “complications” but the biggest was that it wasn’t a top priority. Then there’s that whole gathering addresses, and actually addressing and stuffing. I didn’t realize how much work goes into them after I hand a pretty little package of invitations to a bride. I was so glad when those little beauties finally tumbled into the mail bin. Here they are:

Now that they have all reached their rightful owner, I am so glad we sent out Save the Dates. I have gotten tons of text messages and calls about how much our guest love them and are excited for the big day.

But I do have some tips for brides thinking about doing save the dates.

1. Save yourself time and a headache by hiring a designer so that you can get them in a pretty little package all done for you. When I started this business, it took months to find the perfect paper, printer, everything. I have a lot of respect for those who tackle DIY invitations or save the dates. I don’t think I’d have the patience for it.

2. Hire a calligrapher if you can. My clients who do are so thankful they did when they see the envelopes addressed all pretty like.

3. If you can’t hire a calligrapher, make a fun night of it with your bridesmaids and finish the process together.

Some of my fave calligraphers:

1. Primele

2. Calligraphy by Jennifer

3. Emilie Friday

I’d love to make your Save the Date process easier too! Mention this post and Southern Fete Creative will offer 10% of all Save the Date orders through June 15!

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