November 15, 2022


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How To Create Save the Dates

You have photographed your romantic engagement session with New Jersey Wedding Photographer, Michelle Behre and now it’s time to notify your guests of your date. If you have guests coming in from out of town and traveling or if hosting on a holiday weekend, you definitely want to have those guests aware of your wedding date to providing plenty of advance notice about the upcoming nuptials.

New Jersey Wedding Photographer, Michelle Behre provides step-by-step instructions and deadlines on how to plan, create, and approach your wedding Save the Date cards in a few, easy steps.

Schedule the Engagement Photography Session

Schedule your engagement session at your desired session locations with New Jersey Wedding Photographer and communicate your needs for your Save the Dates and the deadlines desired. Remember, it’s going to take some time for your photos to be delivered and for your Save the Dates to be printed. So you want to keep all of these deadlines in mind while you’re planning your session date and when you need to send your cards out to your guests. Upon booking your engagement session with Michelle, notify her and the team of your desired engagement session date so you can get those back in time.

Here are a few tips from Wedding Photographers, Michelle Behre Photography on designing your Wedding Save the Dates:

Choose Favorites

When choosing a few images for your Save the Date, think about an image that truly represents you, your love story and your wedding day. When photographing your engagement session, we incorporate your elevated, sophisticated, classic and timeless wedding vibe into your session so you can introduce that to your guests in your Save the Date. After your romantic and timeless engagement session with NJ Engagement Photographers, Michelle will choose a select series of images and deliver those one week from your engagement session as sneak peeks. Think of your engagement photos and Save the Date as your own personal cover image.

The remainder of your session will be delivered approximately 4-6 weeks during the off-season (winter months of January-March) and 6-8 weeks during the height of the season.

Provide Guests Notice

Once your session date is booked, begin taking a look at Save the Date card designs, layouts and how they meet the vibe of your wedding. In the layout of the card, enter all of your wedding day details and have the card organized and ready to go so then you can drag and drop your photos when they are delivered.

PRO TIP: Remember, you’ll also want to order your POSTAGE as well. So at the time of booking your session, get your postage all set, as well as your list. Create your master guest list that you will be using and stay organized to stay on top of your shipment deadline.

Create that shipment deadline and stick to it. We recommend anywhere from a minimum of 6-8 months for local weddings. For guests traveling for a destination wedding, we recommend 8-12 months to providing guests with ample notification. Remember, your guests are traveling and have other events. So the more time you give them to place your date on their calendars, the better!

Create Your Guest List

To keep it as simple as possible (and accessible as possible). We recommend creating a document of your guest list to stay organized (and up to date with details). Minted and the other wedding Save the Date platforms create an address book ‘address assistant’ spreadsheet for you. (For our wedding, I found the Minted platform the most user-friendly and most cost effective).

We recommend to create your guest list as your photos are in the process of being edited. Once your images are edited, your save the date is chosen and created, then all you have to do is simply upload your guest addresses direct to their site for your cards to be shipped direct to guests. Easy peasy!

Create your Save the Date

We have shared your online gallery. You have chosen your favorite ‘select’ images. You have your guest list final. Now it’s time to move images over to the Minted design platform and get that Save the Date designed, printed, and sent to notify all guests of your date! Yay! Cue the bubbly!

We cannot wait to see our final ‘select’ images printed in your beautiful Save the Date card when we photograph your day of details!

Until then, love and light,

xoxo, Michelle

Sample Designs


Michelle Behre is based in Northern New Jersey Wedding Photographer and specializes in romantic, timeless, and sophisticated weddings. Her fine art photography style is the perfect blend of editorial, photojournalistic, and documentary photography. Michelle Behre Photography captures beautiful moments as they unfold including the excitement as the champagne pours to the emotive ceremony moments. Are you engaged and planning your wedding? Congratulations, lovie! We accept a limited amount of weddings per year. We cannot wait to learn all about your day, love story and what you planned! Inquire to learn about our New Jersey Wedding Photography services and availability today!

We can assist you with your Save the Date cards to photographing your romantic engagement session and wedding! Inquire with Michelle for availability and details, today!

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