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Your Guide To the Save-The-Date

Save the Date, Stationary, Wedding Invitations
Photo: Ama by Aisha

Now that you’ve said “yes,” it’s time to let those important to you know. One of the first very first tasks in the wedding planning process will be to settle on a date for your pending nuptials. It can take some time but once the date is set, be sure to send out those save-the-dates. These pre-invites give the time, date and location of your wedding, and inform guests that they will indeed be invited to the celebration. Below is a simple guide to help you with proper etiquette to ensure your guests do, indeed, save the date!

1. Are save-the-dates necessary?

As your first formal announcement of your big day, your save-the-dates can increase guests’ chances of attending. If having everyone you love there to celebrate your wedding is important to you, or if you are planning a destination wedding, then YES, save-the-dates are necessary.

2. When is the proper time to send save-the-dates?

You will need to send out your save-the-dates six to eight months prior to your wedding. This is so you can provide family and friends ample time to make plans to attend, especially if you’re planning a destination wedding.

3. Whom should they be sent to?

Send save-the-dates only to those you will be inviting to the wedding, even if you’ve already verbally communicated the date. Make sure you have your wedding guest list drafted before you send save-the-dates.

Save the date, Wedding Stationary, Invitations
Photo: Morgan Brooks Productions
4. What information should be included on them?

You will need to include essential information such as the time, date and location of your wedding, as well as your wedding website (if applicable) so guests can stay informed.

5. Email or traditional mail?

With our increasingly tech-savvy world, it’s become acceptable to send save-the-dates through email. Sending your save-the-dates via email will be a cheaper and faster option for notifying your guests. However, keep in mind that emails can get filtered through spam folders or end up going to email addresses that aren’t checked regularly. There’s also a chance that some guests may not have email accounts. Physical save-the-dates are more likely to be pinned or tacked somewhere to serve as a friendly reminder to guests. These little notecards will also give guests a glimpse of the tone and feel of your wedding. We love snail-mail save-the-dates, followed by an email to your guest list with a link to your wedding website. Done and…DONE!

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Must-Attend Houston Wedding Open House 4/19

Houston Galleria River Oaks Wedding Venue Doubletree Hilton Ballroom
Venue: Doubletree by Hilton Houston Greenway Plaza | Photo: Thomas Ross Photography

The Doubletree by Hilton Houston Greenway Plaza is having a wedding open house this Thursday, April 19, from 6-8 p.m., and if you go for the incredible food alone, well, just…GO. Need a few more good reasons to grab your fiancé, your friends, a special family member or two, and head to this top Houston wedding venue this Thursday? Yeah, we got you: Click here to read the rest of this post »

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Cakes By Gina On 2018 Wedding Cake Trends

Top Houston Wedding Cake Baker Cakes By Gina Hand Painted
Cake: Cakes By Gina | Photo: Civic Photos

We’re super excited to have top Houston wedding cake artist Gina Gutierrez, of Cakes By Gina, on the blog today! Our Q&A with famed Houston baker and wedding cake designer Gutierrez is packed with wedding cake design secrets, groom’s cake ideas and 2018 wedding cake trends. Read on for full, mouthwatering scoop. Click here to read the rest of this post »

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WIN A $5,000 Texas Renaissance Festival Wedding

Texas Renaissance Festival Wedding Contest 2018
Venue: Texas Renaissance Festival Rose Garden Wedding Chapel

If a fragrant English rose garden, a cascading lace train and the sound of heralding trumpets figure into your wedding fantasies, well, honey, a Texas Renaissance Festival wedding just may be your dream come true! And this month you can enter to participate in the Texas Renaissance Festival’s 2018 Amazing Wedding Race, for your chance to WIN a $5,000 wedding at one of the world’s most extraordinary renaissance-theme venues.  Click here to read the rest of this post »

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