Wedding “save the dates” love it or leave it

Saving the Date

Planning you’re wedding, and figuring out your stationary needs…. Invitations, RSVP cards, Programs, Menu…. Why “Save the Dates” and how are they different from invitations?

Save the Dates is a more informal notice that is sent out before the invitation. Having save the dates are not required, sending them out is entirely up to you.  Many can just skip the extra cost and use it else where in the planning, But for those who event date falls close to or on a specific date (i.e. Christmas, New Years Eve or day, 4th of July) then doing a save the date will be notably useful. If your event happens to be in a foreign destination or many of your guest have to travel, either by air, train or car then sending a save the date will give them enough notice before they get an invitation to decide if they plan to make the trip or not.


When considering a Save the Date you can choose a tone that can express more of you and your spouse personality. Save the Dates can be formal, fun and colorful, or supper creative. I have seen save the date shot/drinking glasses, postcards, magnates, candy bars, and digital picture frames. However much of you –you want to do, it is open possibilities.

The nice thing is that they don’t have to match your invitations, so if you are going really formal for your event, but want to express your more of your fun and outgoing personality, go for it. Your favorite color is purple but it won’t be your wedding color, so what. Your save the date can be however you want. And they are not just for weddings you know.  You can use them with just about any event like anniversaries, birthdays, bar/bat mitzvahs, family reunions and so much more.

If you are doing a save the date it must always have: The Names, Date and Event.

If you have it you can also include other information you feel is important, like: event website, hotel info, flight info and some times you may see “invitation to fellow” just so people won’t be confused that this is not a formal invitation.

*Remember when sending a Save the Date to be careful that it isn’t going to anyone that will not be invited later on.

Check out some top Save the Dates designs here:,,


P.S. I’ll be opening my own online shop Spring 2013 selling invitations and other event stationary. As of now I do custom designs go to my contact page and email me for samples of work.

XOXO love Orange


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