Save the date cards set the tone for your entire wedding. Here are some great tips for getting them designed and printed.
Wedding planning is an entire industry into itself. From choosing dinner menus and floral arrangements to hiring photographers and entertainment there’s a seemingly unending list of things to get done.
It’s important to begin at the very beginning, but this is a step that many people stumble on — especially because they think it’s the wedding invitation. The truth is that the very first step comes before the invitation in the form of save the date cards. Here’s what you should know about designing what amounts to an invitation for your wedding invitation.
Save the Date Cards Set the Tone for your Entire Wedding
At this point you might be thinking that save the date cards are a needless expense, one that you don’t have the time or energy to fuss over since you’ve got so many other things to worry about. In fact, many couples planning a wedding choose to not bother with the save the date cards and instead simply send out wedding invitations.
The fact is, however, that save the date cards are an extremely useful tool on a number of different levels.
Save the date cards are important because they serve as the very first point of contact between you and your guests. As a result, they’re an opportunity to set the tone for your entire wedding before you even begin the rest of the planning process. From a design perspective, this is incredibly useful.
Etiquette suggests that your wedding guest list should be finalized prior to sending save-the-dates…Erin Cellitti, Brides.com
Additionally, they can help guests evaluate their ability to attend your wedding well in advance of when you send out your invitations, thus increasing the likelihood that they’ll be able to go.
Design Elements that Every Save the Date Card Needs
There’s lots of latitude you can take with the design elements of a save the date card when it comes to aesthetics. If you’ve got a specific theme for your wedding, the save the date card is the first place you can establish that. Choices of font, color, and other graphic design elements are up to you, though it is recommended that you follow through with your choices when it comes to the invitations you send later, of course!
That being said, you do need to ensure that your save the date cards have some important information no matter what aesthetic design you choose.
Unsurprisingly, this means actually including the date you’ve chosen for your wedding. Any other details that have been set, such as the time or the location, are also useful, but be sure these things are set in stone before sharing them with your prospective wedding guests.
A simple “time and place to follow” or something similar is often more than enough — the primary function of these cards is to raise awareness of the date you’ve chosen. The invitation will provide more detailed information later.
Other Details and Concerns
Simply deciding to send out save the date cards is an excellent step, as is settling on what information you’re including in those cards and even what design elements you’re incorporating. There are some other details you’ll need to consider, namely where you’re sourcing your save the date cards. You have a couple of options in this case, as you can either have them custom printed or rely on do-it-yourself kits that are available for purchase on the internet or at craft stores.
Each choice has distinct benefits and drawbacks. DIY kits tend to be less expensive but are often quite limited in their designs. Additionally, you’re responsible for printing and mailing these cards out personally — and the extra expenses associated with this can mean that an “inexpensive” option might not be so cheap after all.
Custom printing will cost more but offers a wider selection of designs to choose from, and many print houses offer full-service options that will design, print, and even mail your cards without you having to lift a finger. Your save the date cards will surely look more professional and elegant.
Turn to Las Vegas Color Graphics for Your Printing Needs
As the Las Vegas area’s premier community print shop for more than 40 years, Las Vegas Color Graphics knows exactly what it takes when it comes to designing, printing, and even mailing out large batches of high-quality materials.
Whether it’s save the date cards, wedding invitations, thank you cards, or anything else, our graphic designers will sit down with you and help you bring your dreams to life. Meanwhile, our 24-hour print capabilities will get your materials printed quickly and our fulfillment services will even get them in the mail for you, all at a price you can afford.