You’ve finally picked a wedding date and booked a venue! Maybe you have told those closest to you all the details, but what about the rest of your guest list? This is where your save the dates come in handy. But how do you send them out?!
Let’s talk about your save the dates for a moment. The key bits of information that you need on them are the most important details about your big day including,
- Your names, so they know who is inviting them!
- The date. Seems obvious, but let’s mention it just in case! 😉
- The location of your wedding ceremony and reception. If they are happening in the same space, it’s still a good idea to write it out.
- Your wedding website. This is where you will have more detailed information.
Your wedding save the dates can be super fancy, or you can do what I did and borrow a friends wedding template and print them out on card stock that I got from Hobbycraft.
Now that we know what goes on your wedding save the date, it’s time to figure out how you should send out your save the dates and some pros cons that go with each.
Consider The Digital Option
We live in a world of technology, and it’s digital ways that might be the perfect answer to “how should I send out my save the dates?”
You may or may not have heard of Paperless Post or any Evite websites that specialise in sending out digital invitations of all kinds. For the tech-savvy, this might be for you! Specifically, with Paperless Post, you can create your wedding save the date with an online template, where you can collect RSVP’s and follow up your save the date with a wedding invitation all through email!
This kind of platform makes it very easy and has many beautiful designs, but, like most things, there are some problems with sending your invitation digitally. Because firewalls get stronger and stronger, you might run into people not receiving their invites because it was blocked or sent to spam. The trouble of then having to help your guests find their invites in their emails become more of a headache.
Also, I didn’t know that these platforms, although they are great because they are simple and quick, aren’t always free. Depending on the save the date template you choose, it can cost the same or more as spending money on postage and physically sending them out.
Mailing them the old fashion way
Who remembers going to the post office or walking to your local post box to send out a letter? When I was a kid, there was one at our local park, and whenever we needed to send a card out, I would walk down there and drop it in.
Regarding your wedding, save the dates though, sending your cards through the mail might be your answer. If you are like me, I had a straightforward card; it wasn’t heavy, so regular postage covered the cost. It also provided me with the peace of mind to know that everyone would receive their save the date because they were getting a physical copy. Plus its fun knowing that your guest could stick your card on a fridge if it has a photo of you and your soon to be spouse on it!
There is also the idea of hand-delivering them if you have a small enough wedding guest count, but consider the time and petrol money it takes to hand them out personally!
At the end of the day, sending out your save the dates is the best way to ensure that you get the most RSVP’s so that you can accurately guess how many people will be showing up to your wedding.
Whether or not you choose to send them digitally or manually, is up to you! Hopefully, this has helped you answer the question of “how should I send out my save the dates?”.