Save the date card is the best way to alert and remind your guest about the wedding date in a gentle manner. These cards are generally sent to guests long before the actual wedding invitation cards are sent, so that guests can reserve the date and mark the calendar accordingly.
Why should you send save the date cards on your wedding?
Wedding save the date cards are most useful for the guests who travel from the distance to the wedding destination. If you are getting married in a beach resort or in famous tourist spot on busy holiday weekends, it becomes difficult or the guests to book the travel tickets. If you send save the date cards, the guests can ensure whether they are attending the ceremony or not. Generally it increases the probability of more guests attending the wedding party.
When should you send the cards?
Try to send the cards long before the wedding day (six months or so is good time), so that the guests have chance to book the tickets in cheaper price. This will save their money. Also, they can apply for leave in much advance and the chance of approval of leaves become more obvious.
Do you have to send the cards to every guest?
You can send this card to all of the guests or to just them who you want to be present in your wedding ceremony. If you have already received confirmation from certain guests, still you would like to send them the cards. This not only reminds them for the D-day but also mark them as special guests in the list. You have to make up your mind whom to send this card. Once you have already posted it, there is no way of stepping back.
What to write on save the date cards?
Mention the date, time and venue for your wedding reception in save the date cards. If you are not completely sure about this, you should wait until everything is fixed.
What if the date or venue changes after sending the card?
This is a very unfortunate scenario and less likely to happen. But if this still happens, don’t wait till sending the wedding invitation, as the unexpected change might upset the guests. For quick communication, send an e-mail mentioning the changed date or venue or both. You might also make a communication over phone to save more time. Another way to notify the guests about change of time and place is to update it in wedding website. Whatever you do, ensure that the guests have the proper information.
Benefits of save the date cards
Save the date cards are useful for both hosts and guests. If you make the card RSVP, you can have actual head count of the guests and planning of your wedding becomes much easier. On the other hand, the guests can mark the date much before and don’t keep other appointments on the same day. If they need to travel, they can reserve the tickets earlier for cheaper price.
Sending save the dates card for wedding is a comparative newer custom but useful in many ways. Make sure that every person who receives save the date cards must get the wedding invitation card. The etiquettes for sending these cards are not well-defined and you can shape it in your own way to add more personal touch.
Summary: Sending save the date cards for wedding is a new addition to etiquette of inviting guests. This is helpful for both the host and guests in many ways.
Author’s Bio: Diyana Lobo has her own business of wedding planning. Her agency is renowned for arranging many successful wedding parties in and out of the town. Diyana has introduced the custom of sending wedding save the date cards in many of the wedding arrangements and found it much useful.