Monday, December 13, 2010

To Save the Date or not to Save the Date, that is the question!

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Save the date cards or magnets have become quite fashionable in the past few years. Many people planning affairs such as weddings and mitzvahs are choosing to send save the dates. The question I am asked over and over is-Should I send save the date cards for my event? Here are some of the reasons why you might find sending a card or magnet the right choice for you!

©      Are you planning to invite many out of town guests? If so, sending some of your important information in advance, such as when, where and accommodations, will allow guests to make travel arrangements ahead of time. This is especially the case if you are having a destination wedding…It is quite trendy and fun to have your wedding in an exotic location, such as Mexico, Las Vegas, Europe or the Caribbean. Sending an advance announcement of your plans allows your guests to plan for vacation time and make advanced reservations at a better price.

©      Is your wedding or mitzvah on a holiday or holiday weekend? Say you have always dreamed of a New Years Eve wedding…well, you will certainly want your guests to know that they have plans for that night well in advance. The same principle should apply to popular holiday weekends, such as Memorial Day, Labor Day and even Columbus Day. Many people like to travel on these holidays and would welcome knowing about your event well in advance.

©      Do you really want all of your invited guests to come? Even if your affair will be close to home, with mostly local friends and family, save the date cards can help you achieve more positive RSVPs to your invitation by simply letting people know about it in advance. Our lives today are increasingly busy! Most people love to plan ahead.  If you plan to send your invitations out 6-10 weeks in advance (the norm), it is possible that some guests might already be booked.

©      Can’t keep the news to yourself? Of course you want to share your wonderful news with friends and loved ones! Save the date cards can double as engagement announcements, letting people know that you're engaged and have set the date for your wedding.

©      They're fun! There are no rules and no etiquette, so save the date cards can be unique and imaginative. You can send photo save the date cards and everyone can see the love and happiness on your faces. Cards can reflect your personality, time of year you are planning your affair, fun colors or just about anything you like. There are even scratch-off save the date cards and one of the most popular types (as mentioned above) the save the date magnets.

With all of these reasons to send a save the date card, is there any reason you shouldn't? Perhaps you are on a very tight budget and would prefer to spend your dollars elsewhere. Of course, this is a very optional expense, I don’t believe anyone will get mad or even expect to find a save the date card in their mailbox. It is just a nice and welcome surprise if they do receive one. If you want to guarantee that your guests will mark their calendars and save the date for your special day, nothing works as well as save the date cards!

Happy Monday!


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