Are Save The Date Cards Actually Necessary?
There are so many different things to think about as you plan the wedding, and one of them is save the date cards. They’re a great way to announce your wedding and create some real excitement among your guests. If you’re buried under your to-do list, though, you may be thinking about ignoring this important aspect. Don’t! Save the Dates are the single best way to help your guests plan in advance.
A Bit of History
While most couples send Save the Date cards now, it hasn’t always been that way. In fact, it’s only within the last few decades that they’ve become popular. These days, it seems almost everyone’s schedule is booked months in advance, and if you’re planning a wedding, you want to be sure all of the important guests in your life can be there. Save the Date cards can help you do just that.
Wondering what to say and when to send? Take a look:
• It’s customary to send your cards at least four months in advance. If you plan to have a destination wedding, go ahead and send those out six months in advance.
• On the card, you’ll want to include the date itself, but you’ll also want to include both of your names as well as the words “Invitation to Follow.” You should also include the location of the event.
• You can be as formal or as informal as you like with the wording. If your wedding is going to be a standard, very proper affair, then go with something a bit more formal. If you’re just having some friends to the wedding and you don’t want the traditional feel of a wedding, use terms like “tying the knot.”
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The Best Wording for Wedding Thank You Cards
The gifts are all unwrapped, the ceremony is over, and in front of you sits a pile of blank wedding thank you cards you know you have to complete some time. Sooner is always better, but what are you actually going to say on all of these cards? This equation may help you put it together.
Step 1: Start Personal
You’ll want to make sure you start with “Dear” then the person’s name. Something like “Dear Aunt Mildred,” is perfect. It should look, and feel, a bit like a formal letter, and you want the individual to know you’re actually addressing him or her personally from the start.
Step 2: Say Thank You
Starting with a mention of your gratitude is absolutely essential. Something like “Thank you for . . .” or “I wanted to thank you for. . .” is ideal in this situation. The entire point is to say “Thanks,” so do it immediately.
Step 3: Mention that Gift!
You’ll want to say something about the actual gift. Finishing that thank you sentence with a vague idea like ” . . .thank you for the gift you gave us.” makes you sound insincere. What’s more, though, is that the person may think you don’t actually know what he or she gave you, and that can create some real hard feelings. List the gift, and you can avoid that. “Thank you for the lovely blanket,” is sufficient. In the event it was a cash gift, it’s fine to say something like, “Thank you for your generous gift,” as long as you follow it up with a note that implies it was cash like, “It will go a long way toward helping us pay for a holiday together.”
Step 4: It Is Significant Because . . .
Don’t forget to mention why that gift is important to you. “We appreciate it because we didn’t have pots and pans yet, and this will help furnish the kitchen in our new flat,” is perfect.
Step 5: Wrap it Up
Thank you notes don’t have to be long. Once you’ve followed each of the above steps, you can thank the person again or say something like, “I can’t wait to see you next week.” From there, you can simply sign your names and move forward.