If you are an unsuspecting target of Cupid’s arrow this coming week, chances are you’re going to be sporting a shiny new ring on your finger this weekend. (Congrats!) Guess what that means? It doesn’t matter if you have only been engaged an hour, the very first question people will ask is “Sooooooo, when is the big day?” As if you are supposed to already know. Like earning that first dollar bill, setting your wedding date is the first big step to reaching your wedding day dreams. It can be fun and exciting. But it also means being serious and beginning to work towards the desired end result. Once your date is set in stone, it is time to get working on telling everyone about it. If you’re like most brides, you may be wondering what the deal is with save the dates and why save the dates are important… so, today, I want to let you in on three secrets to why save the dates are so important, along with plenty of brilliant save the date inspiration to get those creative juices flowing. Speaking of inspiration, check out this unique save the date idea, which is quite possibly one of the cutest I have seen yet…especially if you are a runner!! All of the Save the Dates below are by the incredibly talented Rachel from Kindly RSVP Designs.
1. Save the Dates help you plan your guest list far in advance.
Since save the dates tell guests they can expect an invitation to the wedding, save the dates gets you in planning mode even earlier in the game. Save the dates are typically sent 6-9 months period to the wedding, which means you’ll already have a stellar guest list all set, finalized, and ready to go that far in advance. You’ll have concrete numbers for tables, reception, bar, favors, bridal shower guests, and other elements far in advance, which means less stress for you in the long run. (Always a good thing.)
2. Save the Dates share more than just the date.
Sure, these cards tell guests when the wedding date is, but save the dates do so much more: they get guests amped up for the big day! You’d be surprised how exciting it is to receive a save the date when you’re a guest. For instance, I received a save the date recently and while I was already excited about the wedding, seeing their picture together and the date in print made me even that much giddier. Oh, and those adorable save the date postcards or magnets? Love them! I have the postcard tacked to my bulletin board and I smile when I look at it – those adorable lovebirds!
3. Advanced notice means more guests can attend.
Obvious, yes, but still worth the mention. Save the dates give traveling guests advance time to book accommodations, beg their boss for time off, shop for an adorable new dress… you know the drill. Guests who are local can take the day off of work, arrange for a sitter, and make other accommodations to ensure the date is set in stone on the calendar. If you’re planning a summer wedding, this is especially important since so many people take vacations during this time or attend plenty of weddings. A save the date can ensure guests have your date circled on the calendar!