When I said to my fiancé, “What do you think of these save the dates?” his response was more akin to “What the hell are save the dates?” than the excitement I was hoping for.
However, that’s not really that surprising – after all, save the dates are a fairly modern invention. They only really came about in the 2000s or so as a way to let people know to keep the date open, especially for people needing to travel.
But do you really need to send save the dates?
Our answer, just like pretty much everything else when it comes to weddings is simple: only if you want to! There are a few situations where they can be a really good idea, but frankly, it’s your wedding – do what you want!
This is when we’d recommend save the dates:
- When your wedding is still quite awhile away and you’re unlikely to send the invitations until much closer to the time
- When you’re inviting lots of people from overseas who may need notice in order to make arrangements
- When you’re of an age where many of your friends are getting married too – so no-one doubles up on dates!
So who do you send them to?
We’d suggest being really careful with who you give save the dates to, as, although it’s not a full invitation, it’s a pretty good sign that they will be getting one. So send them to those you know are definitely going to be inviting, and don’t go overboard.
Don’t stress about sending a physical one overseas if you’re going to have to send an invitation too – save your postage and send them the image over email or Facebook!
What are your options for save the dates?
From a magnet for the fridge to a small card or an email, you’ve got heaps of choices. A few of our suggestions are below.
For the DIY bride:
- Design them yourself on Canva, get them printed at your local print shop or VistaPrint, and hand them out yourself.
For the eco-friendly (and budget savvy) bride:
- Send online save the dates through Paperless Wedding – they’ve got heaps of designs and the best part is they’re totally FREE!
For the hands-off bride:
- Use a stunning template design from a designer in NZ or on Etsy – the cost often includes printing and delivery to you, so one order makes it super easy.
For the unique, perfectionist bride:
- Get a design created just for you by the amazing Kelly from Creative Box or Kate from Speckle Spot Creative – our fave designers! Getting them designed especially for you also means you can get the rest of your stationery and signage designed to match too.
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