January 12, 2011

The Skinny on Save The Dates

Design by Penelope Georges Deveau

Although some wedding planning situations benefit from Save The Dates, we want to remind all our newly engaged couples that they are not a social requirement, nor are they expected by your guests.  Although many generations managed without this fashionable trend, Save The Dates are currently popular as another way to stylize your wedding.  But are they worth the time, cost and paper consumption? In many cases, we don’t think so. Especially if the expenditure means cutting the budget on something that will enhance guests enjoyment of the actual wedding day, and most definitely not  if you’re planning an eco-chic wedding.

A wedding invitation sent out 2-3 months in advance provides sufficient notice for most guests.  Your close friends and family will already know about your wedding plans through natural conversation and networking, and those who want to be at your wedding will rearrange prior plans. Period.

So when are Save The Dates helpful?  If your wedding is a year or more away and most of your guests are scattered around the country then an advance announcement of your wedding plans could be worth the investment. E-mail notices get the job done efficiently and save money and trees. One of the top sustainable wedding trends of 2011 reported by Recycled Bride is paperless wedding communication.  Sending your own E-mail notices to contacts is free and takes seconds, but companies like Glo offer custom styled interactive online versions.

If you want a printed Save The Date delivered via surface mail, then we think a post card is the next best thing. We love this one for Tari and Ruben’s October 1 Cedarwood wedding, featuring the historic house, our barn and white farm fence designed by Penelope Georges Deveau of Shadowboxer Ink.  Our local stationery partner, Designs in Paper, offers optional Save The Dates as part of their wedding stationary suites – a classic way to bring a sense of continuity to your wedding.

(Designs in Paper offers local consultations by appointment. Call Donette Buxton at 615-403-7268 or email donette@designsinpaper.com.)

Linda & the Cedarwood Event Team

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  1. Erika says:

    Wow! Thanks Linda (and the team)! I just now realized how silly Save the Date’s are, and also how much stress it keeps me from dealing with by opting out of conventional save the dates. I think a cute email will do the trick for our intimate wedding in September. So here’s to: A) Saving money, B) Saving trees, and C) Saving time and energy so that I can devote it to something more important for our fabulous event. HUGE sigh of relief! 🙂

  2. Edie says:

    Linda, you’ve convinced me! I will be skipping the Save the Dates as well. Thanks for always keeping the environment a concern as you do your (fabulous) job! See you soon.

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