Engagement season is here. It’s the time between Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day when approximately 40 – 42% of engagements for the year will be happening. That means, it wont be too long until you newly engaged love birds will be ready to order and send out your save the dates.
Because save the dates are our biggest seller online, we’ve noticed a few common issues that come up again and again with couples. So, we thought we share three of the top things you should consider before you take the plunge and order your save the dates.
#1. Make sure your wedding date is locked in.
Believe it or not, we have received countless orders, gone through the designs, received approval to print and then when the cards are in production, we get a panicked email from our clients saying they may have to move their wedding date.
Your save the dates don’t need to get mailed out until 6 – 8 months before your wedding so there is no need to rush. Before ordering your save the dates, take your time and make sure your venue and other big vendors are locked in. Because a church or reception venue can often determine the date, make sure your contracts are signed, sealed and delivered before ordering any printed items with your date and location.
#2 Have your Guest List Finalized and Only Send to People on that List
Etiquette says that save the dates are not required as part of your wedding stationery. For couples on a budget this may come as good news with so many other expenses, but if you are getting married over a holiday or common party / vacation season, save the dates are highly recommended.
If you decide to send save the dates etiquette does dictate who save the dates should be mailed to. You should only send save the dates to the people you plan to invite to your wedding.
#3 Make Sure you Have the Right Quantity
One of the most common mistakes couples make when ordering their save the dates is ordering enough for each individual person, not one per family / household. You don’t actually send a card to each and every person on your guest list, you send one per family so make sure you don’t order two or three times the quantity you actually need. This can be a costly mistake.
It’s also really important to have your guest list finalized if you are planning to have your envelopes printed as part of your save the date order. If you do not have your list finalized and addresses ready to go, you could delay the completion of your order or cause yourself a lot of added stress because you are tracking down addresses at the last minute.
Other things to consider is to set up your wedding website before ordering your save the dates. This way you can include your wedding website on your save the dates and give your guests a heads up about future information. You don’t need to have it all figured out this early but your guests will know where they can get to get updated information especially if they are traveling.