The sole purpose of save-the-date cards is to give people you intend to invite to your wedding plenty of advance notice. If, for example, you are planning to marry during holiday season or a holiday weekend, youíll want your guests to reserve you wedding date on their calendars months in advance. If you will be inviting guest from out of town who will need to fly in for wedding, they will need time to make necessary travel arrangements.
You should send save-the-date cards to all of your intended guests when either of these circumstances fit your situation. Even friends and family members who you already know will attend should be sent a card.
On other hand, if you are not sure whether a particular person or couple will be invited to wedding, donít send them a save-the-date card. And there is really no reason, and itís a waste of your precious money, to buy and send these notices when all of your guests live relatively nearby or wedding will not occur during a busy time of year.
Planning and Sending
Once you know all of basic details about your wedding plans, place your order with your stationer. As with invitations, having these cards printed can take up to several weeks, so give your stationer plenty of time. You can mail these cards out up to six months before wedding date.
Save-the-date cards can be designed to match rest of your wedding stationery and ordered at same time, or they can have a completely different look.
Getting your guestsí attention
Some brides-to-be really want these cards to be eye catching so that they truly standout and serve as a visual notice. If this is what you have in mind, look for something unusual, such as scratch-off cards or magnets (that can be posted on your guests refrigerators). Maybe you will want to make your own cards, incorporating one or more of your wedding colors, a graphic design, or a photo.
You can buy save-the-date cards through most wedding stationery manufacturers and retailers. If you want to create your own cards or save money, look for a card-design software program. Michaelís arts and crafts stores sells a good software program called "Wedding Invitation Kit" that costs under $25. The program is designed mainly for making your own wedding invitations, but it does include note cards.