It’s no secret that we love save the dates — destination save the dates, postcard save the dates, flat card save the dates, unique save the dates; we love them all! Destination weddings can be within the United States or an exotic location — Mexico, Aruba, The Dominican Republic, etc. As long as your location requires travel for the majority of your guests or you and your fiance, then it’s a destination wedding! AND, destination save the dates are in order. But, we still have some brides ask us why they should send a save the date. Is a save the date for you or just another added wedding expense? Here are some insights into this bridal quandary…
Everyone you’re sending a save the date, should also receive a formal wedding invitation. So, by sending save the dates, you’re getting your guest list together, complete with addresses, well in advance. Your other vendors — caterer, baker, reception location, ceremony location, bar count, favors, etc. — will need to know the intended number of guests as well, so this preliminary headcount is good to have.
Second, your save the date is more than just the date. Your family and friends will be excited about your nuptials and up-coming wedding and this is the FIRST formal announcement of the big day. You’re building the suspense, setting the wedding theme and tone AND giving them a thoughtful reminder of your wedding day and location.
Save the dates give your guests more time to plan, thus you’ll have more guests at your wedding — or even your destination wedding. The more time your guests have, the further out they can reserve the date and financially plan for your big event. So, if your destination is in Mexico, Aruba or another fun and exciting location your family and friends will have more time to save their money and tie your wedding into a vacation.
Alright, now that your set on the WHY you should send save the dates for your destination wedding, let’s look at which one is right for you…
If you want to include as much information as possible, providing your guests with all the travel details they’ll need to know for your destination, then a Passport Save the Date is probably what you’re looking for. Don’t be fooled, Passport Save the Dates are not exclusive to weddings outside the United States. You can certainly still send them if you’re getting married State-side.
Another option are Boarding Pass Save the Dates. These are just adorable — their vintage plane ticket look is unique and fun. Your guests will have no doubt that your wedding will require a travel budget with the Boarding Pass Save the Date. Complete with a sleeve or jacket, the extra embellishments — raffia tie, wooden airplane charm — send these destination save the dates over the top.
Lastly, the vintage postcard save the dates are always a good option — especially if you’re more of a minimalist type of bride. These fun postcards have a vintage look — large letters, vintage map, or just a scenic view — announcing your big day. The back has the most important details your guests will need to know — your names, wedding date, and location. If you’ve started a website, then it can easily be added as well.
Now that you have read the reasons why and had a look at some of our favorite save the dates, which one are you going to pick for your destination wedding?