Monday, November 9, 2015

Text Your Save The Dates

Usually, you should send your save the dates out as soon as you pick a date. The sooner you can book your friends, the better. If you're looking for a hard date, shoot for six months for a wedding at home, about a year for a destination wedding (or if the majority of your guests are traveling).

But what if you don't have time to send out save the date cards. What if you're going from engagement to walking down the aisle in under six months?

My solution: Text your save the dates.

If you're short on time and can't mail save the dates, text your save the dates. Get all the details at

I'm totally serious here. I came up with this idea and completely fell in love with it.

If your wedding planning time is short, it's not exactly feasible to send out save the date cards. Why? Well, there's the time factor. You just don't have time to design and order save the date cards, wait for them to ship and arrive at your door, then address and send them out. Then, there's the cost. With a short planning time, that means you also only have a short window of time to save to pay for your actual wedding. There are more important things to spend money on than stamps for your save the date cards.

Texting your save the date cards is completely free (I mean, standard text rates apply, of course, but everyone I know has unlimited texting so that's a moot point).

If you're short on time and can't mail save the dates, text your save the dates. Get all the details at
Photo by Derick & Christy Photography; Edit by yours truly
How do you do it?

  • Find a nice photo of you (or, in my case, one with character. This was us at our friends' wedding in September, and the photo was taken by our wedding photographers. Truth is, yes, those are our dancing faces. We dance around the apartment all the time and apparently, we look just like that. Although probably not with the matching pointer fingers up in the air. Or maybe with them. I'm too busy dancing to notice). 
  • Edit it using a site like (That's what I used to edit the one for this post). Be sure to add the important info, like your date and wedding location.
  • Save it and email the image to yourself.
  • Open your email from your phone and save the image.
  • Text it out to your guest list.

For someone like your Great Aunt Edna who doesn't have a cell phone, you can just give her a call on her house phone. I'm sure she'd love to hear from you.

Then, hurry and start designing your wedding invitations. You'll need to send those out soon.

BRIDAL BABBLE: Would you text your save the dates to save time?


  1. Great time and money saver!! I love this idea!! To be honest text and eail are so common these days that a wedding save the date via mail sounds trivial!

  2. I'm mostly old-fashioned when it comes to invitations. I still want to send save the dates & invitations by mail. Also, I think people may like the option of keeping them (maybe in a scrapbook). I do appreciate that text save the dates save money. I would consider using evites for a bachelorette party.