My sister-in-law Kathie recently got engaged on 8-9-10 (August 9, 2010). She was very excited and happy to be engaged to a great guy named Tim. After her engagement, she immediately started brainstorming ideas for her wedding. The first thing decided on was the wedding date: 9-10-11 (September 10, 2011). Without any other details set, and the wedding still a year away, it seemed far too early to send out invitations. It was the perfect time, however, to send out save-the-date cards.
Save-the-date cards are a great way to announce an engagement and let your family and friends know your wedding date. Once you choose a wedding date, it’s best to let your guests know as early as possible so that they can plan their vacations and other important events around your special day.
For Kathie’s save-the-date cards, she chose to send personalized notecards that included both their names and their wedding date. The front of the card says “Save the Date” and the inside is ready for a personal, handwritten message. It’s important to include a phrase such as “formal invitation to follow” or “more details to come” so this quick informal note isn’t mistaken for your actual invitation. Save-the-date cards are typically sent out at least six to twelve months before the wedding date. (Wedding invitations are usually sent about 8 weeks before the wedding.)
Kathie also ordered some matching address labels and small, round seals for the envelopes. The envelope seals are actually a key part of this great idea. She ordered twice the number of seals as cards (conveniently the cards from My Own Labels are sold in sets of 24, while the seals are sold in sets of 48). She cut up the sheets of extra envelope seals, without removing them from the backing. She then taped one seal inside each card so that people could adhere it right onto their own calendar! Just another clever way to insure that her wedding date really does get saved.