"Story time. I've had a shutterfly account for a couple years now. And during those years, I've moved a couple times as well. So I have a few addresses on account. I just recently ordered my most important thing from Shutterfly (so far) - my save the dates for my wedding! Everything seemed great, and I ordered them, excited to recieve them. The day of delivery came so I checked my package tracking info and I made a grim discovery... My Save the Dates got sent to my OLD address! I thought I had sent them to my current address, but no. I totally missed it. So I started freaking out. I called the Shutterfly Customer Service line and talked to the sweetest lady with the thickest southern accent I had ever heard. She was super nice and understanding, seeing to how important these were to me. She offered to send me a new shipment of my order free of charge, AND she even upgraded my shipping to faster shipping, as free of charge, because she understood how important these were to me. I received them a week later. I am SO grateful for her hospitality and willingness to help me. I've used Shutterfly before and never had a problem and everything has always been great but this was the first time I had to call customer service, and I had a great experience. Thank you so much Shutterfly!!"
"My save the dates came out wonderfully and were received so quickly! It was amazing!"
"I obviously used this format for our wedding save the dates. I was concerned the pictures were going to turn out blurry because the preview made it kind of look that but they turned out perfect and we couldn't be happier! We've received many compliments on how they turned out!"
"They look amazing and very neat. I couldn't ask for a better card"
"My save the dates came out absolutely gorgeous and I can't rave more about how amazing they are."
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.