Are Save The Dates Really Necessary?

Are Save The Dates necessary

What are Save the Date Cards?

A Save the Date is a brief information card that’s usually sent to alert guests that they are going to be invited to your wedding in the coming months, along with sharing basic date and location information, so that they can save the date in their calendars.

Usually couples send out Save the Dates a year before their wedding date once they have decided on a wedding venue and ceremony date. But they’re not a requirement, and for some couples, they might not even be necessary.

Save The Date Card

Here are Some Reasons for Deciding to Send Save the Date Cards…

You Give Your Guests a Heads Up

Calendars can fill up fast. One of the benefits of sending Save the Dates is that they alert guests of your official wedding date and location, which is ultra helpful when travel is involved. If your wedding is on a bank holiday weekend or during holiday time, these dates can get busy with people booking holidays etc, so if your guests know to keep it free, they will be more likely to be able to attend your wedding.

They Can Say “No” to Other Commitments

Having your wedding day marked on your guests calendars will give your nearest and dearest a chance to make plans around your wedding weekend and ensure they don’t accidentally double-book. Plenty of personal and professional events and travel plans are confirmed months in advance—including work trips and conferences and annual family holidays.

They’ll Know for Sure That They Are Invited

You may assume your friends and family know for certain that they’re going to be invited to your nuptials, but just because they’re close to you doesn’t mean that they’re automatically expecting to receive an invitation. Wedding guest lists are tricky things and it can sometimes feel like a bit of a guessing game; a save-the-date confirms for your many circles of friends and immediate and extended family that they are indeed on the guest list and can start planning accordingly.

 

Save The Date Butterfly

 

Who Should We Send Them to and When Should I Send Them?

It’s normal wedding etiquette to send save the dates to the friends and family that you’ll be sending your invitations to. Please make sure to only send them to ‘day’ guests and not guests who are only invited to the evening. As for when to send them… we’d recommend sending them around a year in advance.

What to Put on Your Save the Date Cards?

The date is the most important thing and be sure to include the year. If you know where your wedding is going to be held, you could also add the name of the venue and town but it may be best not to add the time at this stage, just in case this changes.

Also don’t forget to add ‘formal invitation to follow’ as some guests may think it is a wedding invitation – you can never make things too clear! If your wedding is oversees don’t forget to add travel information so your family and friends can do their research.

And Finally… Remember…

You only need to send one Save the Date card per couple or household; you don’t need to send one per person. You get used to budgeting one of everything per guest, you sometimes forget that you don’t need one of these per guest!

 

If you do require Save the Date cards then please do take a look at our website:

https://www.madebymyself.com/save-the-dates-11-c.asp

 

 

Save The Date - Lasercut

Pocketfold Wedding Invitations – why are they so popular?

Pocketfold Invitations are perfect for couples that want to include an RSVP within their invitation as they have a small pocket on the inside of the invitation where the RSVP can sit neatly inside along with a very helpful guest information card (and maybe extra cards if you choose to add additional information).

All pocketfold invitations include:
– Pocketfold Outer
– Invitation Page
– Guest Information Card
– Reply Card
– Return Envelope Pre-printed with the Return Address

You can choose to add additional guest information cards if these are required although you can fit quite a lot of information on one guest information card. A sample is shown further down the page.

Some couples choose to send a pocketfold invitation to day guests and a card style invitation (a folding card without the pocket on the inside) to evening guests. These can be in the same design as the pocketfold so everything can match.

The outside of the invitation can be in many designs… some of our most popular designs are shown here:

Venue Pocketfold Wedding Invitation (with tied ribbon)

    

Butterfly Garden Pocketfold Design

Ribbon Heart Lace Pocketfold Wedding Invitation

   

Elegance Glitter Pocketfold Wedding Invitation

Kraft Card and Lace Pocketfold Wedding Invitation

 

It may be easier to see the inside of a sample design so that you can see exactly what information is included on the different pages. The pages that are included in a pocketfold invitation are as follows:

Invitation Page

Guest Information Card

Reply Card

Reply Envelope

 

A pocketfold invitation is also a great option if you have individual menu choices for each of your guests as the Guest Information Card can include the full menu and the RSVP can have a check box for each guest to complete their menu choices. In this instance the inside pages would look like this…

Guest Information Page Including Menu

Reply Card Including Guest Menu Choices

Hopefully you now have a better idea on what a pocketfold wedding invitation consists of. If you would like to order any invitations or a sample to see an invitation for real then please visit our shop on on our website:

https://www.madebymyself.com/wedding-invitation-sample-336-p.asp

Table Name Ideas for your Table Plan

Many couples that we have worked with have chosen to name their tables at their wedding breakfast rather than number them. It adds a personal touch to your day and your guests might prefer being on table name ‘Example’ rather than on one of your last table numbers for example.

We have put together a list of some of the most popular table names along with some unusual ones to help you with ideas as we are often asked about them. If you have a different idea in mind, do get in touch with us as we will be able to help you create your ideas into reality.

By far the most popular idea for table names is to have countries that the couple have traveled to together. We have a map themed table plan and countries table names that match this theme…

    

   

   

 

Another popular choice is naming your table names after hotels in your honeymoon destination especially Las Vegas as shown here on our Las Vegas Table Plan

  

 

A popular idea is naming tables after places you like to visit such as popular walks or pubs etc

 

How about naming your tables after your favourite show… Game of Thrones is a popular choice…

  

 

Maybe after your favourite Champagnes? (Or other drinks… Gin is very popular lately)

   

 

One of the more unusual ideas that we have seen is naming your tables after ‘Love’ in different languages…

 

Another option would be different flowers… especially if you are having a summer wedding…

 

There are many other options that we have worked on such as:

  • Famous Couples
  • Sports Teams or Players
  • Special Dates or Years
  • Castles or Fairytale Names
  • Lake District ‘waters’
  • Films
  • Song Lyrics or Titles
  • Christmas

Do you have something different that you would like to do? If so, get in touch with us and we will see what we can create for you to match your wedding theme.

The 5 Most Common Wedding Stationery Mistakes

  1. Remember that you don’t have to order one invitation for every person on your guest list. Many of the people you invite will be couples, so count out exactly how many you need. Having said that, make sure you order extra invitations so that you can send a second wave of invitations after receiving regrets from other guests.
  2. Don’t send save the dates to guests only invited to the evening reception.
  3. Have another pair of eyes read your invitation proof to check for any mistakes.
  4. Bulky invitations cost more to post so make sure you include sufficient postage on your invitations.
  5. Include an RSVP date on your invitations.

Travel theme wedding ideas

Our blog post today is going to look at some of the amazing travel theme wedding ideas that are out there to inspire you with your travel themed wedding planning.

Firstly, we want to show you our travel concertina wedding invitation which is a popular choice for a travel theme.

Next we have an array of travel themed stationery inspiration…

All of these items can be found on our website: https://www.madebymyself.com