Save the date cards allow wedding guests to plan ahead

The busy spring and summer wedding season is quickly approaching.

And, although official wedding invitations typically aren't sent until about eight weeks before the big day, sending save the date cards now is a great way to alert guests to the details of your celebration.

In addition to letting guests know that they're included on your guest list, this pre-wedding mailing will help out-of-towners and others make travel and lodging arrangements.

Besides including general information about your wedding location, date and time, the save the date card may also include details on lodging arrangements and an address to visit your wedding website so they can stay updated on plans and other developments before the big day.

Many styles of save the date cards are available. The variety allows couples to choose one that truly reflects their personalities as well as sets the tone for the wedding celebrations. Choosing a color or logo that will be repeated in your wedding décor or fashion is an ideal way to do this. You may also choose to include a picture of you and your fiancé on the card.

Remember that these cards will be the first impression your friends and family members will get about your wedding so it's important to leave a lasting one!