Save the Dates are something myself and my partner Basic Invites are huge advocates for. I’m so excited to be collaborating with them for today's blog post. There’s nothing better than finding a brand you love, and then having them ask you to work with them! So full disclosure, I was paid to write this blog post. That being said, I would never back a brand or product that I didn’t fully believe and trust in.
Here are 5 reasons you should send 'Save the Dates':
1. Share your engagement photography
Coming from me, as a professional photographer, duh! Show off that engagement photography you just had done!
Pro tip: Most wedding photographers include this as part of their wedding package, including me. I love this step because it helps me get to know and connect with you and your fiancé. You'll get comfortable in front of the camera and become familiar with how I direct my couples. This results in better, more comfortable photos on your wedding day. Don’t skip this step!
2. INTRODUCE YOUR WEDDING THEME
If you’re dead set on your wedding theme, this is a great time to introduce it to your guests! Each Save The Date from Basic Invite is part of a set and they have so many wedding Save the Date templates to choose from. They have over 900 wedding stationery sets which all include save the dates, wedding invitations, enclosure cards, wedding menus, wedding programs, and even matching thank you cards! They're fully customizable with almost unlimited color options and instant online previews. The cards can be exactly how you want them, down to the smallest detail!
If you're hesitant to commit to a particular theme this early, no worries! Basic Invite lets your play with unlimited colors, motifs and fonts to help you create a Save the Date that will get guests excited for the celebration. They also allow you to order a printed sample of your invitations so you can see the card's paper quality and how it will print before you have to place your final order.
3. GATHER ADDRESSES + FINALIZE YOUR GUEST LIST EARLY
The guest list may just be the hardest step of a wedding. Do you invite Uncle Bob who you haven't seen in 10 years? What about your childhood best friend's sister's nephew's mom?
Once you do decide on the final list, Basic invite makes collecting your guest's addresses easy. You can request your guests addresses via a social media link or email and Basic Invite will create your guest list for you. Then the envelopes will come with the recipients’ addresses printed directly on them. That includes both the guest addresses and your return address. Basic Invites also has over 40 different envelope colors so that you can make your invitation stand out before it's even opened.
As a bridesmaid of too many weddings to count, I can recall spreadsheets of addresses and hours spent at “Wedding Invitation Parties” neatly writing addresses on hundreds of invites. So you can trust me firsthand, this feature is worth it. And the best part is, it’s free!
4. GIVE YOUR GUESTS A HEADS UP
Let’s be real. Calendars and availability fills up quick. A Save The Date gives your guests the chance to know ahead of time the wedding date and location, which is especially helpful if travel is involved. It will also let them say “no” to other commitments such as work trips or personal events. They’ll be thankful you gave them a head’s up.
5. WITH PHYSICAL SAVE THE DATES, YOU DON’T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT YOUR GUESTS LOSING YOUR EMAIL OR FORGETTING YOUR DATE
Have you ever actually thought about what happens when you send your Save the Dates? They either:
- Get thrown away in the trash, only to be forgotten until the wedding invitation comes
- Go straight to the fridge, to be saved and cherished and serves as a reminder until the wedding invitation arrives
The fridge is the one place that gets used and looked at every single day. It also serves as a kind of community board for all the things going on in our lives. All my wedding invitations for the year, Christmas cards from previous years and small reminders live on my fridge.
The only problem with thin paper Save the Dates is that they often get bent, fall off, or there are no more strong magnets to hold them up. To make it easy to ensure that your Save the Dates make it to the fridge and stay there, Basic Invite offers beautiful Magnet Wedding Save the Dates and Postcard Save the Dates.
Basic Invite is such a great, beautiful stationery website! It has so many styles to choose from and for any occasion you can think of. I know I'll be using them in the future and I highly recommend it to any of my clients. If you're interested in learning more about Basic Invite, you can find them on their social media channels here: