The Hard Hat Bride: Save the Date!

December 15th, 2010
By Maggie

It’s now time to alert the [printing] presses and your guests to save the date! While hometown weddings don’t require Save the Dates, its almost always vital for destination weddings, weddings around holidays, or weddings that require most of the guests to travel and book a hotel. 

There are four key essentials to a save the date: 1. Your FULL names 2. The DATE  (obviously) 3. The city and state 4. “Formal Invitation to Follow” (believe me, without this your mom will start to receive a slew of phone calls from guests asking for particulars). 

Send your Save the Date at least six months ahead of time to allow your guests adequate time to schedule and book travel/hotels. Be mindful of upcoming holidays- if you are having a June wedding don’t send your Save the Date during the height of Christmas card season. 

This is the first official element of your wedding style. Be sure to select a Save the Date that blends well with your Inspiration Board and will remain consistent with all your future wedding details. Don’t get stuck with a motif or crazy colors that you don’t want at your wedding- leave those types of designs to bridal shower invitations or other events you may have.

As I have previously mentioned, Tim and I love mixing old world traditions with modern day inspiration. We opted for the New Calligraphy series from Eco-Friendly Bella Figura. The calligraphy is slanted letterpress on thick, 2-ply cotton paper in moss ink with moss ink edge painting. The moss ink and calligraphy was carried throughout our wedding details.

For some more inspiration, take a look at these unique Save the Dates:


How cute is this handkerchief Save the Date for a rustic barn wedding?  


Perfect vintage Save the Date for a destination wedding without having to channel the Beach Boys.  



This accordion timeline is a sleek example of how to get personal without TMI 

And finally, a beautiful December Save the Date 

Need some more stationery inspiration? Spend some time over at Oh So Beautiful Paper.

Photo Credits: Bella Figura, Lucky Luxe, Ceci New York, Mr. Boddington’s Studio, Cheree Berry Paper     


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