When we planned our $5,000 wedding back in 2012 here in the Texas Hill Country, I had two splurges: the photography and the stationery. Looking back at it all now… I have zero regrets.
Honestly, the photography is all we have now and the stationery? Well, it just made me incredibly happy. Like, I adored our little wedding paper suite so much and, to this day, still smile when I see it.
If you're the same way and want to splurge a little on your wedding's stationery – I am here for you. I'm going to take the opportunity to share some advice regarding the first bit of your wedding's stationery: the save-the-dates.
Common Save-the-Date FAQs
Let me help y'all out by answering some really common save-the-date questions that I get asked all the time.
When Should I Send Out My Save-The-Dates?
The whole point of a save-the-date is to give people a heads up about when and were your wedding will be so they can start planning to be there. So:
For a destination wedding or wedding being held during a holiday (or high-season) time, try to get your save-the-dates out anywhere from six months to a year in advance. This allows your guests plenty of time to look for the best flights and arrange for time off work and/or a sitter.
For a more traditional wedding location or a wedding outside of more common wedding times, any time from six to three months is fine.
When Should I Order Out My Save-The-Dates?
Once you know how far out you'll be mailing your save-the-dates, shoot for ordering them at least two to four weeks before that date. That will allow you plenty of time to get them printed and shipped.
What Goes On A Save-The-Date?
The save-the-date is meant to simply inform your guests of your wedding's basic information: who is getting married, where, and when. No need to include times or directions – just the facts, ma'am.
I'd also include a link to your wedding website, if you have one. People are used to being able to access a wedding website in the days leading up to your big day and will appreciate the link.
What Should My Save-The-Date Look Like?
Your save-the-date is a great way to introduce your wedding's theme to your guests.
Is it going to be a chic and modern affair in a loft? A simple design with great typography would be amazing.
A rustic feast in the woods? Something featuring greenery and gorgeous jewel tones would be lovely.
How about a bright beach affair? I think a colorful, bohemian save-the-date would be really striking.
Where Should I Buy My Save-The-Dates?
I have one word for you – Minted. The home of hundreds of fresh and unique designs culled from an incredible community of independent artists, Minted features great designs with luxurious printing and materials.
In addition to a plethora of stunning designs to choose from, Minted also features unlimited rounds of design customization from your dedicated Minted designer! Plus, get FREE calligraphy-inspired guest addressing that match your design. That's right – F R E E addressing.
I mean, from end to end, across digital and physical products and across all stages of the wedding – Minted has your back when it comes to your wedding's stationery.
Right now (through March 11th), Minted is offering 30% off save-the-dates and 15% off sitewide! Use promo code: SPRING19 (exclusions include Fine Art).