So he popped the question, and you answered with an excited "YES!". Congratulations! So what now? Next is informing your loved ones about the date of the wedding. Send them save-the-date cards. We don't want to add to the stress of your wedding preparations, so we will help you in choosing the best save the date templates for your big day.
Save the Date Templates FAQs
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Before we reveal our recommended save the date templates, here are some FAQs for you.
What Does Save The Date Mean?
Save the date - or save-the-date - is a fancy way of saying "pre-wedding invitation". It is a card sent to inform your prospective guests about the date of your wedding and ask them to "save" this date by freeing their schedule in order to attend. It is a sort of "teaser" for your blockbuster wedding date.
What Is It Used For?
A save-the-date card is not only a pre-wedding invitation but also a courtesy notice to your potential guests so they can prepare their schedules accordingly. Remember that your friends, families, and relatives also have their own busy lives, so a save-the-date will mutually benefit both parties.
Are There Different Forms Of Save The Date Invitations?
Yes, there are physical and digital invitations. If you are a traditionalist, you can opt for the old-school printed invitation. If you want to save money and time, then digital invitations will do just fine.
How Do You Send It?
Simple: in person, via courier, or online.
Can You Send It Digitally?
Yes, you can. In this digital age, it is already accepted and socially appropriate to invite people via digital means.
One such way is via email. You can send your "e-vite" or electronic invitation via email. Some caveats. Be wary that your invitation may be tagged as spam by your guest's email. Two, the email may bounce back/ not read because the email is no longer available or actively in use. Three, people may forget about it. To avoid this, always inform your guests before sending your e-vites.
You can also send via social media (Facebook or Instagram). One, you can make your own save-the-date Facebook page and invite your chosen guests to join the group. The advantage of this is you can update them regarding changes or developments regarding your wedding via the page.
The second way is the more old-school "DM" or direct message with your save-the-date invitation attached.
Is It Really Necessary?
Yes and no. No if you are having a small, intimate wedding with very few guests (think of 20 people or less). Yes, you need to a save-the-date invitation especially if you are having a grand event like a destination wedding. A peak-season overseas trip or a three-day weekend stay will require your guests to make their own booking (unless, of course, you take care of this, too).
The save-the-date invitation as mentioned is a courtesy notice to your guests so they will have time to plan their schedules and make the appropriate preparations such as booking accommodations, flights, etc.
Most importantly, a save-the-date invitation is a fun, classy and romantic tradition, so always send one!
What Information Is There?
Just the important details: you and your partner's names, the wedding date (obviously), location, and your wedding website address (where the guests can get more information). And if you want to include it, you and your partner's romantic photo (hey, you're allowed to be cheesy!)
When Do You Send It?
Save-the-date invitations a are traditionally sent four to eight months before the wedding. It must coincide with your wedding preparations. The earlier, the better especially if your wedding involves traveling to a destination. You need as much as buffer time as possible to avert any potential wedding disaster.
Who Gets One?
Of course, send invites only to those you plan to invite to your wedding. You need to get confirmation from them especially the ones that are part of your entourage (parents, bridesmaids, groomsmen, sponsors, etc). Always make two lists. First, the list of your potential guests. Second, the final list of guests who gave their confirmation.
How Do You Make One?
As mentioned, there are two types of save-the-date invitations: physical, and digital. Physical cards must be printed so you need to hire a printer after you designed the cards. There are many save the date templates out there so you won't have a shortage of ideas. Digital cards work the same way except for the printing. After designing, the sending can be done by you (personally) or by someone (wedding coordinator).
10 Best Save the Date Templates
Here are the 10 best save the date templates we chose to make your weddings elegant and memorable.
1. Classic Black and White Text
This design is simple and minimal but a time-tested classic. This template keeps things simple and straightforward. The date takes center stage while the supporting details are written beneath. You can opt for a classic script or serif font. Enclose this invite in a pristine white envelope for more elegant looks.
2. Save the Date Photo Card
If you want to share the joy of your engagement, then use your engagement photo as the centerpiece of your save-the-date card. Pick your favorite photo then print it full-bleed together with the "Save the Date" text. Your names and the dates can be printed at the bottom.
3. Wedding Destination Luggage Tag
Going grand with a destination wedding? Then get your guests excited about your wedding location with a creative luggage tag invitation. Not only does this evoke the theme of your wedding but also invite them to pack their bags and be there on your biggest day!
4. Save the Date Custom Stamp
Want your wedding to literally leave a mark on your guests? Then send them a custom-made rubber stamp! Have your details (date, names, location, "save the date" text) etched on a rubber stamp and mail it together with the premium quality paper card.
5. Save the Date Wooden Card
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If you are a tree-hugger and wants to recycle old wood, you can use them as your custom-made invitation. Your details will be hot-branded onto "wooden cards" (around 3" x 4" area and 1/4" in thickness). Add a ring loop so your guests can use it a keychain. This invitation is cute, classy and eco-friendly!
6. Save the Date Magnet
For an invitation that will (literally) stick to your guests' minds, send them a save-the-date fridge magnet! You can fit your wedding's destination and theme to the overall design. This invitation also doubles as a souvenir so that's two wedding birds with one stone!
7. Save the Date Bookmark
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We love save the date templates that have functional uses, like this invitation in a bookmark form. It is simple and straightforward and lends itself to different designs. Plus if you (or your guest) is a bookworm, this is an additional point for a memorable wedding!
8. Save the Date Cinemagraph
Cinemagraphs are GIF files that look like still photos except for some isolated parts that move (i.e. cinema + photograph). You can use this unique image format to make your save-the-date more creative and "moving". Send this save-the-date cinemagraph as Facebook message or email.
9. Save the Date App
If you have the time and money (and coding skills), you can develop an app that your guests can download. This app will serve as an alarm to remind your guests about your big day. This app can also double as a calendar or task list app.
10. Save the Date Photo Journal (Blank)
You invite people on your big day because you want to share this precious moment. Invite them to capture these moments in photo forms then collect them in your save-the-date mini photo album. To add more flair, you can distribute Instanx cameras during the wedding day so they capture and print your loving photos!
How to Choose the Best Save the Date Templates
Here are tips when choosing templates for your pre-wedding invites.
- Cost vs Speed vs Quality. Don't forget this production triangle and try to get a balance of the three.
- Feasibility. An invitation is as good as nothing if there's no way to produce it.
- Personalization is always a plus point. This is YOUR wedding, not somebody else's, so always inject a personal touch.
- Select designs that fit yours and your partner's personality. A crazy, colorful invite is good if your guests know you as a lively couple.
- Choose sustainable and eco-friendly designs and production. This is a win for you and the earth.
- Digital is the way to go but make sure you don't lose the personal touch if you choose to go paper-free.
- When everything else fails, K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple, Soon-to-be-Weds.
There you have it, great save the date templates and ideas to make your wedding a moment to look forward to. Remember, the idea for save-the-date invitations is to excite and invite your guests to come to your big day. Have fun!
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