Wedding save the dates are the first part of your wedding stationery. When it comes to your wedding paper goods, budge and design style are the two more important factors to consider.
Budget is first, because it’s good to have a sense of your overall wedding priorities, and where your wedding stationery fits in, prior to gathering wedding save the date ideas. No matter your budget, you can have an amazing save the date that you and your guests will love.
Couples should start looking for a designer soon after setting the wedding, so you have the opportunity to work with the same person for the wedding save the dates and invitations (it also helps create a more cohesive wedding stationery look). For a custom wedding save the date, its a good idea to plan 4-6 weeks for the design and production.
Your save the date budget will depend on the number needed, printing method (letterpress and white ink are and additional cost), additional embellishments (wedding logo, crystals, ribbon, raffia, etc.) and the design (a more intricate or custom design typically costs more).
If you’re planning a destination wedding a vintage airplane ticket (boarding pass) or passport are awesome! If you don’t need to include as much information, check out a save the date postcard — feature a scenic picture or a variety of pictures in a large letter design. Make your wedding save the date interactive with a scratch-off that reveals the wedding date. Consider using your engagement photos on your save the dates. It’s a great way to get another use out of your awesome photos and have a unique wedding save the date at the same time!
Lastly, don’t forget to consider is timing. When should you send the save the date? Again, it is totally up to you. If you’re planning a destination wedding, then we suggest sending the save the date one year in advance or as soon as possible. At that time your guests will also want to know the details for accommodations, so they can start booking their travel arrangements. Passport save the dates are perfect for including all of this information in a fun way that will get your guests excited about the trip. For local weddings, six months in advance of the big day should provide enough advance notice. Postcard save the dates are very popular and provide just the right information for your guests.