Wedding Save-the-Date Q & A

OK, you decided to do a wedding save-the-date, but now you got questions. Should you include an RSVP? Does it have to be a card? We've got answers.

by Erin Walters

What To Include

Kristie-Save-the-Date-cropSave The Date Designed By Poppiseed Designs

Q. Should we include a way to RSVP with our save-the-date?
While extra-early RSVPs would ideally give you a head start on your head count, this plan has the potential to backfire. Your most organised invitees would undoubtedly mark their calendars in permanent ink and pop their reply cards in the mail, but other folks might not be so diligent. The excess of cushion time could cause some guests to put off replying, and they may wind up forgetting altogether.

Q. What else should go on it?
Save-the-dates began as a single card or item containing the basic information (couple’s names, wedding date, and sometimes the location), but lots of to-be-weds are now choosing to include more specific details here, and less in the actual invitations. The reason? More time for guests to plan, and less legwork when invitation time rolls around. Out-of-town guests may be especially grateful for a bit of advance info on local hotels and other travel details. Ideally, you should include a link to your wedding website where more in-depth information (like a schedule of events) can be featured.

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Q. Can we include registry info on our save-the-date?
While your guests will likely want to know where you’re registered, it’s inappropriate to print this information on your save-the-dates or invitations. Gifts, of course, are not required—and guests know that they can ask around or call you or your parents to get this sort of scoop. The only acceptable vehicle for registry information? Your wedding website or a card with your invitation.

Design Details

save-tag-square-cropSave The Date designed by Felicitations

Q. Does it have to be a card?
No way! Cards may be the simplest way to go, but a wedding save-the-date can be anything you want. Magnets are a common alternative, or you can even have the info printed on a fan, a photograph, even a bar of chocolate. Since many couples handle the save-the-date designs themselves, this is the perfect chance to showcase your personality as a couple. A graphic email is another great option, but make sure to send a printed copy to your less tech-savvy guests.

Q. We want to design them ourselves. Where do we start?
If you don’t have a knack for graphic design, don’t worry. There are plenty of software programs to help. PrintingPress Wedding software helps you design cards with text and graphics. Or, stick with a simple word processing program.  You could also consider printing the info on pretty labels that you’ll stick to an item that signifies your wedding (a bottle of sunscreen, a package of hand warmers). Companies like VistaPrint (VistaPrint.com.au) allow you to upload your own design, and they’ll print it on your choice of cards or magnets and ship them right to you. (VistaPrint also offers an extensive gallery of predesigned options, just in case you’d like to get this done with minimal effort.)

Q. How do we decide on a style?
Save-the-dates can be much more informal than the invitations, so have fun with the design. Most important, you want to create an item that gets a bit of attention and sets the tone for the rest of your wedding. A pair of foodies getting hitched Italian-style? Print a great pasta recipe on the back. Two beach bums planning to walk down an aisle of sand? Think about using flip-flop or boat-shaped cards. Music lovers looking forward to an event with the perfect soundtrack? Send out your info as a label on a romantic mix CD. Or, if classic elegance is more your scene, you can never go wrong with engraved script on a pretty card that showcases your wedding colours.

by Erin Walters


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  1. My save the dates just went out today, my good friend is a graphic artist she designed it and I had Magnet Express print them for me.

  2. I couldn’t find a Save-The-Date card that suited us and our theme/location/colour scheme/feel, so I discovered my untapped creative arts and crafts side and created/designed my own!
    I made luggage tags using heavy white linen paper (our wedding is overseas), used stamps with all the details on – which developed into me learning about embossing (I also purchased a starfish stamp which coincided with our beach wedding), used a silver ribbon through the eye-whole of the luggage tag, popped a magnet on the back and was done!
    All this using our colour scheme of white, silver and royal blue!
    The result being an elegant simple card that reflected us and our wedding.

    We sent them out 18 months before our actual wedding so we could have most of our family and friends who wanted to come time to save up, the only thing I regret was I would have liked to have had our web address on them so everyone could keep up-to-date on the latest details like booking hotels and such, but most of our friends/family are on facebook, or are our relatives and can get any info from us or our parents.
    I can’t wait to start our invites! will have to wait until next year though :(

  3. Those are some very well designed and great looking save the date cards. Its nice to get good ones designed so that they really stand out.

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