Wednesday is my favorite day of the week. Over on Twitter, Wednesday is known as #WeddingWednesday, and all over the world the Twittersphere is alive with brides and vendors chatting about weddings, inspiration, and planning! During this week’s #BridalBabble, an hour-long weekly wedding chat hosted by Lisa of “A Bride On A Budget”, we spotted this bride’s interesting question:
@abrideabudget can you please explain to me why the save the dates are important? It never crossed my mind before, am I missing something?
— REE (@ItsRREE) October 9, 2013
And it got us thinking; Do save the dates really matter? They announce the date of the wedding. Doesn’t an invitation do the same thing?
Our answer is yes, they DO matter. And we’re not just saying that because we design Save The Dates.
3 reasons why save the dates matter:
1. They’re Official
Many of your family members and potential guests will find out about your engagement through word of mouth or your social media (who doesn’t love seeing that updated relationship status on Facebook?). But not all of your guests will find out you’re engaged until they receive direct contact from you. A Save the Date is a great way to reach out and share the great news, officially!
2. They’re Courteous
A wedding is a big day for you, but don’t forget: it’s a big day for your guests, too! Often, attending a wedding involves a lot of planning. Guests may need to make travel arrangements, take time off of work, secure babysitters, pet-sitters; and they may have even more needs to take care of that you don’t even know about! Helping your guests out by sending a Save The Date makes a stress-free wedding experience for everyone involved.
Save the Dates are different than invitations in that they can be sent out much, much sooner. The general rule of thumb is to send out wedding invitations two months before the wedding, but for many guests, this may not be enough time to plan! Sending your Save the Dates out at least 6 months prior to your wedding date ensures guests are ready to RSVP when the invites come in.
3. They’re Memorable
Often it’s the Save the Date that guests keep pinned up, magnetized to fridges, and displayed long after the wedding day. Even at this very moment, I have a friend’s save the date posted on my desk. It makes me smile whenever I look at it, because it reminds me of their sweet wedding and how happy they are. It’s common for save the dates to include engagement photos, and your guests will love seeing your happy faces and remembering your special day for years to come.
Plus, Save the Dates are just really, really cute!
So what do you think?
Do Save the Dates really matter?
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