Once we had decided on our final color palette: emerald green, black, white and gold, we began moving forward with our save the date designs. Rebecca Rose Creative did an incredible job with the design and we had a hard time making a final decision. In the end, we decided to go with the vertical design above, outlined in red. While we liked the simplicity of the other horizontal designs, we really wanted to use an image from our engagement session to make it more personal. We also wanted to keep the wording as simple as possible; our date, names, location and website.
Exactly when should I send my save the dates?
As a photographer, I get this question asked quite often from my clients who want to use an engagement picture on their save the date. The proper etiquette is anywhere from four to six months. I would suggest sending them six months in advance if it is on or around a holiday weekend or if you are planning a destination wedding or a wedding that you know a lot of your guests will have to arrangement their travel plans far in advance. Be sure to communicate and plan accordingly with your photographer, if you are interested in using an image for your save the date!
To incorporate some other design aspects, we chose to use a fun black and white zig-zag envelop liner and an emerald green envelop. Becca and her team printed all of the address labels as stickers, so they were easily constructed and we were able to save costs, instead of using a calligrapher.