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You’ve got a big event coming up in your life, and there is a long list of people that you hope will attend. How can you guarantee they’ll be there? Why, with save the date cards, of course. Many often overlook the need for these cards thinking that their wedding invitations will suffice in getting the people they want in attendance there. However, following that line of thinking can be the quickest way to end up celebrating your big event in front your parents and a couple of sympathetic banquet hall janitors.
Why are save the date cards so important? Consider the amount of time that goes into planning your event, as well as when you will be making crucial decisions along the way. You may know that you’re getting married or graduating from college up to a year in advance. However, a lot of decisions will still need to be made in the run-up to the big day, such as:
• Where will the event be held?
• What is the exact time that it will start?
• Where are you registered?
The answers to these questions will be included in your invitations, yet those may not be sent out until two-three months prior to the event itself. That may give guests little time to change around their schedules or make travel arrangements.
However, by sending save the date cards eight to nine months in advance, you simply are letting the important people in your life know that you have a big event on the horizon and that you want them to reserve that day on their calendar. The assumption after having received such a card is that the exact details will be forthcoming.
So now, the final question: should you create a photo save the date or a photoless save the date? The decision is entirely up to you. Keep in mind, however, that you’ll also likely be including a picture when you send out your actual invitation. Thus, if you’re looking to save money in your event-planning budget, no photo save the date cards will allow you to do so while still sending your message.