Why Wedding Save the Dates Are a Great Way To Use Your Engagement Photos

May 26, 2021

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Why You Need Engagement Photos

When I’m talking to couples about booking their wedding photography collection, one of the biggest questions I get asked is, “why do we need engagement photos?” I’m a big believer in engagement photos—most of my wedding photography packages come with them—and today we’re going to talk about why.

The first reason I think engagement photos are important is they let you get comfortable in front of the camera. Before getting married, many people have never had professional photos taken. An engagement session lets you and your significant other get comfy in front of the camera. It also lets you see how your photographer works before the big day. In my experience, that makes having your photo taken on your wedding day a more relaxed process for you!

Beyond that, the other reason I think engagement photos are important is that you can use them to create incredible wedding save the dates to send to your guests!

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The Invitation Before the Invitation

Wedding invitations should be mailed 6-8 weeks before your wedding. Save the dates can be sent a year or more in advance. This allows guests to block the date on their calendar to ensure they won’t miss out! Wedding save the dates are especially important if you’re planning a wedding where many of your guests will be traveling from out of town. They’re even more important if your wedding is taking place on a holiday weekend.

Set the Tone for Your Wedding

All of Basic Invite’s stationery products are part of a set. You can get not only the cutest save the dates to send, you can get matching invites, menus, thank you cards, and more! This makes it so easy to give your wedding the cohesive look you’re craving!

And can we talk about color? With 180 different ink color options (that you can preview instantly online) and 40 different envelope color options, you can truly customize your wedding save the dates to fit the vibe of your wedding!

But there’s nothing like having the real thing in your hands. With that in mind Basic Invite allows you to order a printed sample to see the paper and printing quality before you place your final order. If you know me, you know what a tactile person I am and how much I love good paper. Let me tell you, Basic Invite delivers! I prefer their matte finishes to their glossy, but honestly, I prefer matte to glossy 95% of the time!

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They also have super cute wedding save the date magnets. And what’s not to love about these? I have a collection of save the date magnets on my fridge from my clients. They make me smile every time I walk by them, reminiscing about past weddings. And that just makes me get even more excited for their upcoming weddings!

Basic Invite also offers free, customizable wedding websites that you can use to share all the details of your big day with your guests! These days wedding details can be ever-evolving, so it’s great to have an easy-to-update wedding website where you can direct your friends and family that allows them to keep up with the latest on your plans.

And should you need to make an unforeseen change to your wedding date, take a deep breath, grab a glass of wine, and check out Basic Invite’s collection of Change the Date cards.

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