Hitch loves save the dates! (We especially love the casual photos of the loving couple that we get to see !) We design magnets, postcards, cute cards and more. We want people to put your very special date on their calendar! We know some rules differ from region to region and us South Dakotans like to have our own set of rules for everything. So, here are some Save the Date tips:

Timing: Try to send your Save the Dates five to six months ahead of time. A destination wedding may consider even six to nine months or a year (to help your guests start saving and planning!)

Sample Wording:
Save the Date
Saturday, May 23, 2015
for the wedding of
Margaret Claire Huntington and Chad David Olinger

Formal invitation to follow
More details at www.maggieandchad.com

Some regions encourage listing the host and hostess names, but we think that’s better saved for the invitation. Some also think that putting the location of the wedding on the save the date is necessary, but I’d rather list your wedding website, so guests can read your stories, see the location, book a hotel room and leave you a message, all from one website.

Engagement pictures: Schedule your engagement photo session with a photographer you love and trust that you both feel comfortable around — and with plenty of time for photo editing — in time to send out your save the dates. Use these fun snapshots of your relationship for your wedding website, your Facebook page, Pinterest board profile pic, save the dates and more.

Hitch can recommend some great photographers in the Brookings area if you’d like!

 Styles: If you send a postcard Save the Date, remember it can’t be larger than 4.25″ x 6″ and you must save 4″ on the back side for the recipient’s address and stamp. Postcards can be 2-sided and has lots of room for multiple photos, a calendar of your wedding date, etc. If you want a larger postcard, say 5″ x 7″, talk to your post office about how much that will be to mail. Guaranteed, it will be more than a standard postcard rate stamp! If you want a magnet save the date, they come with silver lined envelopes and must be mailed with a $0.49 cent stamp (or whatever the rate is at the time). Magnets come in some really cute sizes as well! And if adding an embellishment really appeals to you, you will have to tuck your save the date into a cute envelopes. Maybe you add a tied piece of twine around your card with the wording “We are tying the knot!” or maybe you want to add some sparkle crystals. If you have anything that’s physically attached to the postcard, it should be sent in an envelope.

Contact us to get started!

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