After you get engaged and as your wedding day gets closer and closer, the one thing that you’ll probably want to make sure of is that the people who you want to show actually do. Of course, the most tried and true way to do this is to send out what’s known a save the date. A save the date is basically something that the engaged couple sends out to the people they’re planning on inviting to their wedding so that they can, you guessed it, save the date. Clever, I know.
The save the date is only one of the many things that you’ll need to figure out before your big day, but since you’re supposed to send them out as soon as you figure out your official wedding date (or at least 4-6 months ahead of time), it one of the first things that you’ll need to figure out. I’m going to take a wild guess and say that if you’re reading this right now, then it’s about the time for you to start thinking about your own save the dates and you’re looking around for some ideas (that’s what the internet is for, right?). If you’ve been looking around for any amount of time, you’ve probably noticed that there are an awful lot of creative ways that you can create your save the date and there are no shortage on crazy (and sometimes expensive) ideas for how to make them unique. Although some of the crazy ideas seem really fun, you can also still have a lot of fun with one of the more traditional ways to get your wedding date out there, such as creating an awesome save the date postcard.
Is A Postcard Too Boring?
One of the reasons that I hear a lot is that by only creating and sending out a save the date postcard (as opposed to an epic video or Lego magnets) you might run the risk of looking boring or unoriginal. The only thing that I have to say about that is that as with any type of project, if you go in with boring ideas and low enthusiasm then your final project will probably be considered boring and full of crap. However, I’m a firm believer that any couple can get as creative as they would ever want to be while still keeping their save the date in a postcard-type of format. So no, postcards aren’t too boring and just to prove it, check out the save the dates that Steph and I created for our wedding below.
As you can see, we had no problem showing off a little bit of our personality with our save the dates and even if you don’t feel like stripping down to your underwear like I did, I’m sure that you can still come up with some great ideas. We got all kinds of positive feedback from our friends and family that ended up finding one of these in their mailbox (and yes, we even sent then to our grandparents).
Helping other couples be unique is actually pretty hard to do since each of them each have their own dynamic, but in general there are definitely some things that might help you create the save the date postcard that you’re looking to send out. Here are a few off the top of my head:
1. Don’t make them too small: Some couples send out save the dates that are way too small, which is never a good idea. You want to find that happy medium between something that just blends in and something that is so big it practically takes over your fridge. Stephanie and I ended up going with 4×6 size postcards, which if you use you need to also know that you can find 4×6 envelopes for them here (they’re nearly impossible to find in stores).
2. Help then stand out with photography: Don’t be afraid to use a lot of photography on your save the dates and remember that above all things your close friends and family like nothing more than to see you happy with you soon-to-be hubby or wife.
3. Plan on getting some save the date photos during your engagement shoot: When and if you’re someone who is planning on getting some nice, professional engagement photos taken, then you need to definitely make sure that you’re getting ones that could be used for your save the date creative, too.
4. Use both sides of the postcard: This might seem like something that’s a no-brainer, but Stephanie and I definitely took full advantage of both sides of the postcard, which allowed us to do the ‘for better….or worse’ theme we have going on.
Hopefully this post helped with any questions you may have about creating awesome save the date postcards, so get to it and good luck with everything on your end!