Everything You Need to Know About Save the Dates

wedding planning Mar 19, 2019
When it comes to wedding invitations I wanted to know the essentials from the best in the biz. So I asked Alison Hazinski, the amazingly talented artist, stationer and owner behind One Only Paper,  a bespoke paper and custom invitation company based in Raleigh, North Carolina, to help me breakdown only the need to know about Save the Dates to get you sharing your wedding details ASAP. 
Save the dates are cards you send out in advance of your wedding invitations, inviting guests to save your wedding date. Since wedding invitations are traditionally sent out 6-8 weeks before your wedding, save the dates are particularly helpful when you have a lot of out of town guests who will need to make travel arrangements, or if you have a lot of friends who will be getting married around the same time.
Image by Mikkel Paige 
Your save the date only needs three important pieces of information:
  1. Who you are
  2. Your wedding date
  3. What city you’re going to be married in. 
That’s all you really need! But since you’re sending them out anyway, I also recommend including your wedding website and any accommodations information you have. Most hotel blocks end several months before your wedding date, which means it could be a tight timeline when you’re actually sending out your invitations. Having your accommodations information on the save the date will signal to your guests that they should go ahead and book the room now, which will also give you a better sense of if you need to expand the block before all the rooms are booked up. 
Image by Mikkel Paige 
For save the dates (and all stationery), I recommend getting started as early as possible. You will want to send them out 6-8 months before your wedding, and up to a year in advance, if you are having a destination wedding. 
Image by Mikkel Paige 
Since this is one thing that you can check off your list before the big day, there’s no sense in waiting until the last minute, and then being stressed about getting your save the dates out on time. As soon as you have your date set, it’s a good time to start thinking about finding your stationer, and pulling together the information for the save the dates. I also recommend getting started on your address list at that time - that is one of those things that always takes longer than you think it should! 
Image by Brett + Jessica Photography
If you’d like to include your engagement photos on your save the date, make sure those are scheduled at least two months before you’d like to send out your save the dates. You’ll want to account for the time it will take for the photos to get back to you, and then the time for designing + printing the save the date. 
However, it’s not necessary to have a photo save the date! If photos aren’t your jam, there are plenty of beautiful ways to design text-based save the dates. 
Save the dates are a great way to make sure your guests have plenty of time to plan for your wedding, provide a sneak peek of your wedding aesthetic to your guests, and start building excitement for your big day.
To learn more about Alison and her work visit her online at www.OneandOnlyPaper.com and connect with her on Instagram @oneandonlypaper
All photos are copyright of One +Only Paper  

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Emily King

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