So, you’ve set the date, now it’s time to send out save the date cards!

Send out your save the date cards out as early as a year before your wedding, giving friends and family plenty of notice to get organised for your special day.

Remember, if you’re going to get married abroad, then you may need to inform your guests 18 months before, especially if they need to book flights and hotels.

Once the save the date cards have been posted / emailed, you can relax in the knowing that your nearest and dearest have your wedding date pencilled in their diaries and you can start thinking about your invitation designs.

Wedding Invitation Styles

As with most other things wedding related, there’s a massive range of styles and prices for save the date cards, invitations and other wedding stationery.

Email your invitations, or use social media to inform your guests. This will be the cheapest way of sending out the information, but it’s rather informal. Although, if you have a wedding website, you could wow your guests on there with regular updates and news about your wedding plans. Read our blog on the use of social media in your wedding for some top tips.

Buy ready made invitations from your local card shop or online. This is probably your second cheapest option. There’s loads of fabulous pre-made wedding invitation options now-a-days, you can easily find styles and colours that will match your theme.

Go and see your local printer, they should be able to source ready-made cards from manufacturers and they’ll print the insides with all your details and supply with envelopes ready for posting.

Hand make your own with shiny card and ribbon. Find your local craft suppliers and buy some blank cards with envelopes, decorate them with a personalised rubber stamp (you can source these very easily online) and finish with ribbon.

Commission a specialist illustrator or graphic designer to design a unique, bespoke invitation especially for you.

There’s lots of other ideas to consider, perhaps send out a small gift with your invitations, like a bespoke book mark, fridge magnet or a packet of sweets, or send a little parcel containing heart shaped biscuits. Do you need to include more information, like an itinerary, maps and RSVP cards?

Whatever you decide there’s something for you both at the right price! Download our wedding to-do list below to get the ball rolling!

If you would like any help designing your bespoke invitations, please get in touch with Sarah by emailing [email protected]