Destination weddings have become very popular in recent years, and for a very good reason! They allow you to get married in a beautiful place far from home and they're an incredible experience for all of your guests.
Save the dates are an essential part of any celebration, but they're especially important for destination weddings! They not only give your guests information about the big day, but also give them time to plan and budget for the trip.
What should you include in your save the date? Keep reading to learn everything you need to know!
Things You Can't Forget in Your Destination Wedding "Save the Date"
The wedding date: Well, this is what it's all about— telling your guests the exact date they should set aside to come to your wedding.
The location: This is especially important for destination weddings, as it will allow your guests to start planning the trip. You should include not only the name of the city, but also the venue or hotel where it'll take place, which'll further help with trip planning.
Your website: Nowadays, a wedding website is a must. Not only is it a good way to keep your guests up to date on all the details of your event, but you can also include information that'll help them with their accommodation, flights, transportation, activities at the destination, etc. On the website, you must also include the dress code, ceremony and reception times, and any other information that is a must-know when it comes to your big day.
A note about children: If you plan to have a wedding without children, it's important that you include a note about it in your "save the date." This way, your guests can make the necessary preparations in advance and avoid last-minute surprises.
The RSVP deadline: Some of the details of your wedding require an idea of how many guests you'll have, so it's important to include the RSVP deadline. By knowing the number of people that'll attend, you'll be able to budget more efficiently, get a better idea of what sort of venue you can get, and request the right catering service, among many other things. So don't forget to include the deadline date to confirm their attendance!
Tips for a Flawless Save the Date Design
Keep it simple: When it comes to your save the date, less is more. Use a simple layout that includes all the necessary information without being too overwhelming. At the end of the day, you want your guests to be excited about your wedding, not confused!
Incorporate your wedding theme: If you have a wedding theme in mind, be sure to incorporate it into your save the date. This is a great way to get your guests even more excited about your big day.
Use high-quality images: Since the save the date will be one of the first things your guests see about your wedding, it's important that you keep in mind the visual you're trying to go for. Don't use cell phone photos or any photos with poor quality. Only use high-quality images and graphics.
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When Should You Send Your Save the Dates for Your Destination Wedding?
Destination wedding save the dates should be sent well in advance, as your guests need to plan their trip.
Depending on where your wedding's going to be, your guests may need to:
- Buy plane tickets (if they're international, this is even more important)
- Renew their passport
- Find and book accommodation
- Rent a car
- Request time off from work
- Find someone to take care of their children
The best thing you can do is send the save the date of your destination wedding with lots of time to spare; 9 months would be ideal, but if this isn't possible, then at least 6 months in advance should be good.
The idea is to give as much time to prepare as possible so that hopefully none of your friends or family miss your wedding because they didn't have sufficient time to make all the necessary preparations for their trip.
Keep what we've said in mind when you send your save the dates so that the guests that you want so much to be with you on your big day can be there.
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