Modern Save the Date Engraved in Navy ink with Lilac Edge Paint
|Engraving is a printing process where the ink fills and engraved void in a copper plate and is transferred to paper leaving a raised image that you can feel. It is very crisp and particularly good with very thin lines.|
|"Berry" tall save the date card engraved in dark blue ink and edge-painted in light purple by Real Card Studio.|
Sending save the date cards lets you out of some of the anxiety around planning your wedding. It gets the basic information to your guests so they know what they need in order to plan to attend: when and where. And where doesn't have to be specific venue, it can be the city they need to travel to, the details can come later when you're ready to send out your invitations. Leave some of the exciting details for the big reveal when your invitations go out.
Another nice thing about doing save the dates is that it forces you to get that guest list together sooner than later; It's more work than you might think. You may have your holiday card address list in a spreadsheet, but remember, you need to gather names and address from your betrothed, your parents and his or her parents too. Get that pulled together early in the game and your save the date will pay for itself in avoided-stress down the road.
When should save the dates be mailed? You can mail a save the date as soon as your event date and location is set. Six months is pretty typical. The more planning your guests will need to do, the more notice you should give them. Once you've mailed save the dates, you can wait until 8 weeks before the wedding to send out the full-details invitation.
Does your save the date have to match your invitations? Well, sort of. It should definitely coordinate. You'll know how formal, traditional, modern, romantic, rustic or casual your event will be by the time you set to work on your save the dates, so choose something that reflects that. If you've decided on colors, save the date is a great way to introduce them. Choose fonts that you could see yourself using on your invitation, because the more coordinated your wedding stationery is, the more pulled together your event will feel.
Real Card Studio's "Berry" save the date card is engraved on super-thick ivory cotton paper and edge painted in lavendar ink. Available at The Wedding Library in NYC and other fine stationers.