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Decisions, decisions, decisions…Who knew planning a big event in your life could be so hard? From figuring out how to address and send save the date cards, choosing a dress, venue, and more. Ultimately, your greatest care should be getting to your big day and enjoying the wedding of your dreams. Yet in order for that to happen, all of the preliminary steps that you’re preoccupied with right now are a necessity. And they all start with your save the date cards.
Your save the date simply serve as a placeholder for your event invitations. Sent out well in advance, their purpose is to make sure that the important people in your life mark your big day on their calendars. While not a formal invitation, they should still convey how important this event is to you, as well as how much you hope that they’ll be there. Including a photo with your save the date helps send this message.
Working with What You’ve Got
So which picture should you choose? That will depend entirely on where you are in the planning process. Here are just a few suggestions depending on what you have available to you:
• If you’ve already taken engagement photos… The answer here is simple: include your favorite shot from this photo set.
• If you don’t have engagement photos… Here it gets a little more tricky. You can choose to include an impromptu picture of the two of you, or just ask a friend or family member to snap a quick formal shot in your living room or backyard.
• If you don’t have any photos together… If one of you just happens to be really camera shy, don’t worry; you still have options. Consider including a picture of the chapel, or a graphic depicting a wedding cake. Or, if you want to get really creative, use baby pictures of both you and your fiancé(e).
Don’t forget that save the dates are just the first step in guaranteeing your guests’ attendance. The important details of the day will be included in your wedding invitations. If your event has a particular theme, keep it in mind when crafting both your flat save the date cards and your invitations and try to ensure that both the photos, fonts, and messages sent match it. If, on the other hand, it doesn’t, feel free to be as free and crazy with them as you want.