What if your favorite aunt unknowingly booked a cruise to Acapulco on your wedding week and couldn’t come?! This is why it is important to send out a notification of your wedding day 9-12 months ahead of time.

Save-the-date invites are informal ways of letting people know you’re getting married, so just have fun with them. Include both your names, followed by your wedding date and city. It should not contain too many details. Work along the line of the tone of your wedding, and your wedding colors. Your save-the-date invites should also reflect the personalities of you and your partner.

Last spring I did a quick save the date for my clients Marjorie & David who are getting married in August. The venue is a charming chapel in a woodsy area.

An impressive, sprawling tree shades the courtyard garden where the reception will be. I played off this setting and the tree by creating an old-school carving of their initials a tree with accents in the teal color that accents the venue.

This was done in Photoshop of course, no real trees were harmed!