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The first thing to decide on once you get engaged is the date. It’s hard to pick a venue or schedule a photographer if you don’t know which date you plan to wed. You aren’t just going off your own schedule, you have to make sure all of your vendors are available. You have to choose a wedding date then you can move on to make and order your save the dates. Keep reading to learn how to choose the perfect wedding date and see how easy it is to order save the date cards.
How To Pick A Wedding Date
The most common way to pick a date is make it at least one year out. Then decide on which season you want. Keep in mind if you want a beach wedding, you will need to make it in a cooler month when it’s not too hot and not too cold. If you want an outdoors wedding, don’t pick a date in the rainy season.
Once you have the season decided, take a look at the holidays in that season. Unless you want your wedding to fall on a holiday, I would suggest making it at least a week out from any holiday so that if you do it in a destination location it won’t be too busy. For instance, good luck finding vendors and hotels in New Orleans during Mardi Gras, it just doesn’t make sense.
Next you want to decide on if you are going to have your wedding on a weekend day or during the week. It will be cheaper during the week but all your guests might not be able to come since most are off work on weekends. A Saturday wedding is most common but if you want to save a bit more money, choose a Friday or Sunday.
If you love odd or even numbers, pay attention to which numbers fall on which dates. This might sound weird but I loooove even numbers and did not want to have my wedding date be an odd day. In contrast, my best friend loves the odd numbers and got married on 1-7-17.
Whatever date you choose, it will be a special date for years to come. Don’t overthink it too much. Once you have the date figured out, you can ask your main vendors if they are available that date or if it’s a busy time of year for them. Also ask your photographer (if you really want a certain one) and the venue you have your eye on.
Choosing Save The Date Cards
Creating save the date cards are a very fun part of getting engaged. It all starts to become real! The two main parts you need to focus on for save the dates are the color scheme and the fonts.
I teamed up with Basic Invite to create my save the date cards and I am in love with how they turned out! The process of designing them and ordering them was so easy. Basic Invite has tons and tons of layouts already designed and all you have to do is put your info in, which you can customize in real time so you can see what it will look like.
I fell in love with a few different themes and they are; Hawaii Palm Leaves, The Shining Bright, The Tiny Seashell, and Tropical Flamingo. You can customize the colors, fonts, and even add your own photos. However, I really wanted something unique and very “us” so I decided to design my own and use their upload your own feature.
Read my engagement story here.
Basic Invite has a few different options for save the dates. You can get a postcards, photo cards, magnets, foil, real wood, and clear ones! You can even get custom wedding coasters. I went with the magnets since I thought most people will put it on their fridges anyways and it’s more unique. Plus, they are heavier and won’t get ruined or ripped easily.
Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows you the ability to order a printed sample of your actual invitation so you can see exactly how it will print as well as the paper quality before placing a final order.
All of Basic Invite‘s save the dates come with free white envelopes. For an uncharge, you can get colored envelopes, choosing between over 40 colors. You can also get guest and return addresses printed on them for no charge! This really makes doing save the dates easy! Plus, you can get matching save the dates to wedding invitations and enclosure cards, wedding menus, wedding programs and even matching thank you cards. There are over 900 sets! It’s really a one stop shop.
Don’t get too caught up in picking save the date cards. You have so much more to worry about and do than worry over tiny details. When in doubt, just go simple! After all, a wedding should be about your love for your partner and entering a new chapter together. It should not be about how perfect you can make one day and how all of your guests will perceive you. Don’t forget about the love.