The world of weddings have definitely changed. And in that change has come the arrival of Save the Date Announcements. If you ask your mother when she sent out her save the dates she is might look at you a bit funny. There are brides who want to know what the save the date actually is, who do I send it to, what information is needed, and other related questions. Let's get those answered.
Destination weddings are a large part of why save the dates have become necessary for weddings. These type of weddings normally require a large investment from the guests due to travel expenses. Save the dates allow the guests time to prepare financially. But what about the rest of the brides? Can they indulge in this fun new tradition? Absolutely! They are a great way for your out of town guests to prepare for your wedding. It also helps to make sure your wedding is placed into your guests' calenders before other events!
Now who should you send them to? For a destination wedding I recommend sending them only to the guests invited to the actual wedding. If you are having a reception afterwards send a separate invite announcing your marriage. For a local wedding save the dates should be sent to guests who are invited to the entire wedding.
What information that should be included on the announcement? The date, location of the wedding, names of the bride and groom, and a note "formal invitation to follow". For destination weddings it is also helpful to include the hotel you are staying at or recommended accommodations. If you have a wedding website set up that information can be included as well. Do not include registry information on the announcement. If you have a registry then set up a wedding website where the guests can access that information.
Many brides ask if the save the dates have to match the actual invitation. They definitely can match and some brides prefer they do. But this is also a time to have fun with your announcements. My favorite designs is my Getting Hitched design. http://www.takeitpersonallybychristine.com/904-hitched-save-the-dat...
The bobble head feel and the cute little church are so fun! Another idea I love is during your engagement session have your photographer photograph you and your fiance holding a large card that says "Save the Date". You can then order cards through your photographer to send your guests. One of my favorite photographers is Amy Zellmer with Custom Creations Photography. http://www.customcreationsphotography.com/
What options do brides have? The announcement can be as simple as a regular sized invitation. But the most popular option now are magnets. Magnets can be purchased in different sizes and give the announcement another use.
If you are not having a destination wedding save the dates are not required. But with all the options they are too much fun not to send. Happy Planning!