A Guide to Save the Dates

 

You've both said "yes", you've booked the venue and you've booked the date.

Whilst not mandatory, a lot of couples opt to send a save the date to their nearest and dearest, providing a sneak peek at the style of your wedding day, whilst providing function by allowing guests to plan their attendance well in advance.

Our 40+ designs are available in different save the date options, perfect for making the best first impression. 

 

SAVE THE DATE OPTIONS

Our save the dates are all printed in an A6 size, making them nice and compact, and cost-effective to send to your guests in the post.

Options are:

  • Traditional save the date card
  • Save the date card using white ink
  • Vellum save the date - available on it's own, or with a coloured cardstock backing to contrast with either white or black ink

 

Cardstock colours available are as per our invitation options.

For white, you can opt for either “Modern Matt” or “Luxe White”. Both have the same 350gsm weight.

If you’re looking for something more colourful then you can opt for one of our “Luxe Colours”; a selection of 28 coloured cardstocks. With our white ink printer we can print on darker colours for a unique finish.

If you choose the vellum option with card backing, some of the colours can have either black or white ink printing on the vellum, some black only, and some white only.

Designs that include watercolour artwork can only be printed on pale colours and are not available to be printed on vellum. 

Colour can be customised depending on design and cardstock - please ask us at the time of proofing regarding colour choices/changes and we will be able to advise you accordingly.  

 

ENVELOPES

A white or rustic kraft envelope included in the cost of the card itself. These are high-quality envelopes. 

However with the envelope being the first thing your guests see, you do have the option of upgrading the envelopes to one of our luxury handmade coloured options which may better match or compliment the colouring of your wedding day. 

The colours available are the same as our cardstock and paper selection, shown here, making it easy to colour coordinate elements together.

 

White and kraft envelopes are diamond-flapped and are traditionally gummed ready for use. Our handmade coloured envelopes are straight-flapped and require the use of a wax seal, envelope sticker or self-adhesive tape pen to seal. 

 

ENVELOPE ADDRESSING

Envelope addressing is an elegant finish and will save you a ton of time in addressing each of the envelopes individually. If you opt for a luxury handmade envelope we can also add a traditional return address to the flap on the reverse. 

And as we can print in white ink, there isn’t a colour envelope that we can’t address for you. We also don’t use mail merge, so each envelope is personalised “by hand” to ensure the layout is perfect for every guest.

 

ACCESSORIES (WAX SEALS, ENVELOPE STICKERS, TAPE PEN)

If you want to add a touch of luxury to your save the dates then you could add a self-adhesive wax seal.

Our wax seals are made entirely in-house and are available in an array of colours, with the choice of our standard house design selection or a personalised monogram. 

 

Envelope stickers can also be added as a cost-effective final touch for your envelopes to further blend in with your theme.

If you opt for handmade envelopes with no wax seal or sticker, we’d also recommend a tape pen as these are not provided pre-gummed.

 

EVENING SAVE THE DATES

We're seeing more and more couples order "Save the Evening" cards. We'll cover for this variation at no extra charge. So if your total is 100 and you have 60 for the day and 40 for the evening, simply order 100 and we'll cover the variation in proofing with you.

 

 

HOW TO PLACE YOUR ORDER

We built this website with transparency in mind. All of the items and options described in this guide can be chosen by selecting the appropriate option(s) from the dropdown menu(s) on the product page. 

When you do this, the pricing for your order automatically updates so you can see the impact your choices are having upon the total, allowing you to control your budget by selecting appropriately. 

Content for save the dates is typically very straightforward, so as part of the order process we ask you to include:

  • Names of couple as you'd like them presented
  • Wedding date
  • Location (where you can be as specific or as general as you wish)

In most scenarios this is as much as a save the date card needs, with further detail being reserved for the invitations that follow.

 

TIMESCALES

As no two orders are the same and we operate a first-come, first-served system, timescales can be variable as there are a number of factors to consider. 

One is the complexity / size of the order and / or the number of handmade components (wax seals, coloured envelopes) included with your order. 

However the delivery of your order is broken up into the following sections:

Materials // Proofing // Production

When an order is placed we place the materials required for your order on our weekly stock ordering cycle; this typically takes a week to reach us from our supplier. 

With save the dates we will follow up with the basic design within three business days. There are two subsequent revision rounds, with each round taking up to three business days to be sent back to you. Therefore if we receive responses immediately and all three rounds are used, this part of the process will take up to nine business days but this naturally doesn’t include the time it takes for us to receive responses from couples. 

When we have approval to proceed we request a formal sign-off via our website; this then allows us to move forward to production which can take up to 14 days for us to dispatch.

With save the dates in particular these timescales are very much maximums; the reality is we're often quicker with a save the date order.

Save the date orders are typically shipped using Royal Mail Tracked 48.

 

ASSEMBLY

 

We provide the option of adding a self-adhesive tape pen to your order as you’ll need an adhesive option to secure luxury handmade coloured envelopes (if not opting for wax seals or envelope stickers), as these are provided with a straight flap which isn’t gummed.

     

    Any questions?

    We realise there's a lot of choice and that sometimes we've not managed to cater for everyone. So if you want to check whether something you want to do is achievable, or simply have questions about how best to put your order together, please don't hesitate to contact us.