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Save the Date

Save the Date

By Michaela Keating

Save the date cards are an American wedding tradition that is becoming more popular here in the Emerald Isle. Sending out a save the date works as a fleeting indication to your nearest and dearest to hold that date in their calendar.

Who do we send them to?
Send your save the dates to the people you definitely want to attend our wedding. The most important people such a close family and friends should be top of your list for the save the dates. Theres no need to send them to people that arent particularly important to the day such as work colleagues or your parents friends. Make sure that is clearly stated on the save the date card that it is not the formal invite and that the invitation will soon follow.

When should we send our save the dates?

Send your save the dates when the wedding date is set! As the only information on the save the date card will be the fact that you and your other half are getting married and that the invite will follow, its possible to send them out before you have secured the reception venue or finalised all the details. Sending them out around six to eight months beforehand is perfect timing to whip up your guests before they accept an invite to someone elses big day!

Where do we get them?

Your wedding invitation designer would be more than happy to help you create your save the dates. As they are becoming popular in Ireland in the last few seasons, many graphic designers will have a range of templates to follow and ideas to share. If youre feeling creative you can always take a stab at making your own, just ensure that they are well done.

What should they look like?

As with your official invites, your save the date cards should follow the theme of your wedding and give your guests an idea of what the theme and dress code will be. Express a bit of your personality as a couple. Use a quirky template or design and include a picture of the two of you for the extra special touch. Work with your invites designer to come up with the perfect design an use them as a sister for official invites. 

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