So you're getting hitched! Congratulations. Now comes all the fun stuff: the engagement party, dress shopping, wedding planning, gifts, the honeymoon and so much more. Save-the-date cards are your guests' first glimpse into what type of wedding celebration you are hosting. Whether you are planning an all-out black tie affair or a simple, low-key event, your save-the-date cards should complement your big day. These are sent both as a courtesy to your guests and as insurance that after all your careful planning, those who matter will show up to help make the most of your big day. If you choose not to send Save-the-Date announcements, plan on mailing your invitations eight weeks in advance of your wedding date.
At a loss for words? For some Save-the-Date tips and etiquette visit DearSugar! Also, the Winter issue of Martha Stewart Weddings has a super handy dandy how-to create Save-the-Date stickers guests can just stick onto their calendar, but stay tuned because YumSugar's going to show you how to do this Sugar style.
Dauphine Press styles can be coordinated with their invitations, announcements, programs, menus, maps and more. You can start playing around with pricing and styles and receive samples. The company website is detailed, well organized and easy to navigate - though pricing is a bit hard to determine.
To see two more styles of Save-The-Date stationery,
Fabulous Stationery is bright and colorful and sure to make your wedding date pop! Browse their Couples designs, pick a color scheme, and type in your text. These are from $35-55 a set.
Wedding Paper Divas is my favorite of the three. Accommodating many styles, these are also well priced at $1.30-$1.84 per card. These designs come in other colors, and you can carry the theme over into your invitations and thank yous.