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3 Secrets to Why Save the Dates Are Important

Posted February 17, 2012 | 14 Comments

If you were an unsuspecting target of Cupid’s arrow this week, chances are you’re sporting a shiny new ring on your finger this weekend. (Congrats!) While setting the wedding date is still far in your future, we encourage you to consider sending save the dates once the date is set in stone. If you’re like most brides, you may be wondering what the deal is with save the dates and why save the dates are important… so, today, we’re letting you in on three secrets to why save the dates are so important, along with plenty of brilliant save the date inspiration to get those creative juices flowing. Speaking of inspiration, check out this unique save the date idea, which is quite possibly one of the cutest we have seen yet!

why save the dates are important

by michie may

by michie may

This save the date (or wedding invitation, if you prefer) is by Michie May and features a small plastic champagne bottle, faux engagement ring and wedding band, couple, heart, and announcement banner. Adorable!

3 Secrets to Why Save the Dates Are Important

1. Save the Dates help you plan your guest list far in advance.

Since save the dates tell guests they can expect an invitation to the wedding, save the dates gets you in planning mode even earlier in the game. Save the dates are typically sent 6-9 months period to the wedding, which means you’ll already have a stellar guest list all set, finalized, and ready to go that far in advance. You’ll have concrete numbers for tables, reception, bar, favors, bridal shower guests, and other elements far in advance, which means less stress for you in the long run. (Always a good thing.)

2. Save the Dates share more than just the date.

Sure, these cards tell guests when the wedding date is, but save the dates do so much more: they get guests amped up for the big day! You’d be surprised how exciting it is to receive a save the date when you’re a guest. For instance, I received a save the date recently and while I was already excited about the wedding, seeing their picture together and the date in print made me even that much giddier. Oh, and those adorable save the date postcards or magnets? Love them! I have the postcard tacked to my bulletin board and I smile when I look at it – those adorable lovebirds!

3. Advanced notice means more guests can attend.

Obvious, yes, but still worth the mention. Save the dates give traveling guests advance time to book accommodations, beg their boss for time off, shop for an adorable new dress… you know the drill. Guests who are local can take the day off of work, arrange for a sitter, and make other accommodations to ensure the date is set in stone on the calendar. If you’re planning a summer wedding, this is especially important since so many people take vacations during this time or attend plenty of weddings. A save the date can ensure guests have your date circled on the calendar!

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Save the Date Inspiration

To help inspire you, we’ve compiled a few hand-picked save the dates oozing with creativity, like this one by Kayden Ashley which tells guests where you’re tying the knot:

why save the dates are important

by kayden ashley

Scratch-off save the dates? GET OUT! These are too adorable. Spotted at InviteMe and totally fun for guests.

why save the dates are important

by invite me

Save the date magnets? An instant classic… guests love to use, reuse, and keep them up on their fridge for years! These coffee save the date magnets by MagnetStreet are perfect for guests planning a coffee themed wedding

why save the dates are important

by magnetstreet

… or photo booth magnets you can customize yourself, also from MagnetStreet… too cute!

why save the dates are important

by magnetstreet

Check out these unique wooden state-shaped save the dates, handmade by Bullfrog Graphics… we love them!

why save the dates are important

by robertosand

For the couple that loves to travel or is planning a chic destination wedding, check out three save the dates we spotted just for you. First, these luggage tags by Mavora Art & Design are just darling…

why save the dates are important

by mavora art & design

… send guests passport save the dates which double as a keepsake gift by Serendipity Beyond Design

why save the dates are important

by serendipity beyond design

… and these boarding pass save the dates? Clever! Also by Serendipity Beyond Design:

why save the dates are important

by serendipity beyond design

And, we had to include this adorable “sweetheart” save the date by Peapod Printables, featuring your photos from grade school. Awwww! Perfect for a school themed wedding.

why save the dates are important

by peapod printables

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So… which one is your favorite? Will you be sending save the dates?


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14 Responses to “3 Secrets to Why Save the Dates Are Important”

  1. Carla Roberts Pryor (@StSimonsElopeme)
    February 17th, 2012 @ 5:04 am

    3 Secrets of Why Save the Dates Are Important | Emmaline Bride http://t.co/9U2VDRJt

  2. Gina
    February 17th, 2012 @ 7:12 am

    Fab ideas! Love them all! Truly creative!

  3. Annie D. (@OutofNothingWed)
    February 17th, 2012 @ 7:28 am

    Helpful tips — You can even send with a #postcard! RT @EmmalineBride: 3 Secrets to Why Save the Dates Are Important http://t.co/e5bWvCEM

  4. The Curious Ink (@thecuriousink)
    February 17th, 2012 @ 2:56 pm

    Love the boxed design! Oo can’t wait to show one I’m working on now…RT @EmmalineBride Why are Save the Dates Important? http://t.co/tFXRQsFe

  5. Cha
    February 19th, 2012 @ 3:58 am

    The last one is soooo adorable!!!!!

  6. Rachael
    February 19th, 2012 @ 10:02 am

    While we never did save the date cards I can see why some people would want to use them. But if your already on a budget they just seem a bit of extra fluff that you don’t always need to do especially if you get your invites out with good timing. Sometimes you just need to be extra organised with your invites and nothing more.

  7. Christina
    February 21st, 2012 @ 1:32 pm

    Our friends (who love beer and wine), made their save the dates into coasters. Every time I set them out, I was reminded of them!

  8. Susan Ridenour at Cursive Hand
    June 24th, 2012 @ 4:07 pm

    Terrific post. Save-the-dates are really important! The collection of creative Save-the-Dates is great. #wedding #invitations #Save-the-Date

  9. Emma | Emmaline Bride
    September 17th, 2013 @ 6:15 pm

    Hi, great question! Save the dates aren’t required, but they are used to announce the wedding to your guests. They’re sent out as soon as you set the date, whereas the wedding invitation is sent out generally no earlier than 6-8 weeks before the wedding.

    Hope it helps! Let me know if you have any other questions.

  10. Emma | Emmaline Bride
    September 17th, 2013 @ 6:15 pm

    Susan, Glad you liked them!

  11. Emma | Emmaline Bride
    September 17th, 2013 @ 6:16 pm

    Christina, that’s a fantastic idea. I have a save the date on my refrigerator and I’m always reminded of the couple. Thanks for stopping by!

  12. Emma | Emmaline Bride
    September 17th, 2013 @ 6:16 pm

    Rachael, I couldn’t agree more. If you want them, send them – if you don’t want them (or don’t have the budget for them), I say skip them. To each his own! Invitations are the most important.

  13. Emma | Emmaline Bride
    September 17th, 2013 @ 6:16 pm

    Cha, glad you liked it!

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    August 4th, 2014 @ 5:45 pm

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