the wedding stationery timeline: save the dates

The ring is on your finger, the date is set, what is the next step? Sending out save the dates. These type of announcements set the tone for the big day to come. It’s important that the aesthetic of the save the date reflects that of the wedding. Whether it be a beautiful photograph or simple yet enticing typography on the page, a save the date speaks volumes! We sat down with our consultants at our Bella Figura Manhattan store to get their expert opinion on all things save the date related:

Q: When should a couple send out their save the dates?

A: They should consider sending out their save the dates six to twelve months prior to their wedding. Twelve months for destination weddings and for the majority of guests traveling from out of town so that everyone gets a more than fair heads-up! 

save the date
save the date

Q: When should a couple place their save the date order?

A: Think about placing a save the date order a month and a half before the desired mail date. Keep in mind — calligraphy, custom artwork, beveling, and engraving print methods add time to the turnaround that is important to factor in. It’s always better to order sooner rather than later to avoid any added stressors as well. We want this to be an enjoyable, seamless experience for everyone involved!

save the date

Q: What kind of save the dates typically come through the shop?

 A: We are seeing a lot of typography based save the dates as well as hand-drawn venue motifs. We are seeing fewer save the dates featuring photos than we used to, but remember, it’s completely up to you and your desired aesthetic. Trends come and go!

Q: What should a couple keep in mind when they are dreaming up their vision for save the dates? 

A:  As mentioned, save the dates are the first impression your guests will see of your wedding. You want it to set the tone whether it be formal, elegant, fun, or casual. It is the prologue of a beautiful story that will be written.

Q: Any helpful hints/tricks you would like to share for couples creating save the dates? 

A: When sending out save the dates, a helpful trick would be to make sure the website has room blocks listed, travel and registry information. In additional start getting guest addresses early as that seems to be the hardest part of the process!

Stay tuned for the continuation of this series as we will move onto the timeline of the invitation suite next!