Laura Leigh of Alpine Creative Group


Courtesy of Alpine Creative Group

A save-the-date card is the first glimpse of your wedding that your guests will see. It will let them know where and when the wedding will be and can also inform them of travel and hotel accommodations you have arranged for them. Your save-the-date card, just like your wedding invitation, can be as elaborate or as simple as you want it to be. We asked Laura Leigh, co-owner of Alpine Creative Group for her advice on selecting and sending a save-the-date card. Here's what she had to say: —Anne Chertoff

How soon after you announce your engagement should you send a save-the-date card?

Out of courtesy to your guests six to eight months prior is a good time to send out save-the-date cards. It allows guests to take into consideration the wedding date while making their vacation/travel plans as well as what kind of wedding it will be; destination, weekend extravaganza or simply themed. The save-the-date card reflects the kind of wedding it is going to be.

Who should receive a save-the-date card if you're having a destination wedding or if you're getting married in your hometown?

Irrespective of the location or type of wedding all guests should receive a save-the-date card. It is common courtesy...

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