Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Save the Date!

How can you possibly choose, out of 365 days in a year, the perfect one for your wedding? Well, we can narrow it down to Saturdays, so 52 possible choices. But now - do you strive for a date that is convenient for your family, or the date that allows you to have your wedding at the location of your choice? Do you have the wedding in the summer or fall? Do you check with your friends first to make sure none of them already have plans that day or weddings of their own? Surely you’ve seen the latest wedding film, Bride Wars emphasizing the importance of not having your wedding on the same day as your best friend’s!


If you’re flexible, it’s more than likely you will select an open date after whatever length of engagement you believe is right – whether that’s 6 months or 18 months. However, if you’ve been imagining that beautiful summer wedding on the beach since you were 8 years old, there is no reason to give up this dream! If you are really indifferent, it may be best to ask around to your bridesmaids and family and see what dates they don’t have available. This way you can ensure that your date becomes their priority.

Once you and your fiancĂ© have decided on the date, it is imperative you send out your “Save the Date” cards (or refrigerator magnets – a recent favorite that can be purchased right here at Gracious Bridal).

If you don’t send these out early enough, you risk attendance at your ceremony and reception being low. Although that can be a good thing if you are inviting more people than you have room for, you likely still want your closest family and friends to reserve that date for you. Some “Save the Date” cards arrive more than a year in advance (which is acceptable if you want your guests to have time to save up for a destination wedding or if your wedding is on a holiday weekend), but it is generally customary to give at least 4-6 months notice to invitees. This will allow for proper planning, gift purchasing and the time it will take to process RSVPs once the real invitations are sent out.

While planning a wedding can be stressful, setting a date is one of the biggest accomplishments. Once you have a date, the wedding begins to fall into place. What may seem like a big hurdle now, will likely be one of the toughest decisions you make. If you have any qualms or questions about dates or are interested in more ideas for “Save the Date” cards, please feel free to ask!

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