The Plain Dealer & Cleveland.com "Long Before You ..."
The following article was composed by staff writer, Fran Henry regarding save-the-date cards.
Long Before You Get The Invitation, The Save-The-Date Card Arrives
...That's why Cleveland wedding planner Lucy Jackson is all over save-the-date cards.
"I always suggest them," she said. "It's a nice gesture to let friends and family set aside a date. Sending invitations six to eight weeks in advance isn't enough if people have to put in for vacation time at work."
Even a year or more in advance makes sense sometimes, she said. That's how much notice Jackson's client Kenya Jackson, a dental assistant, is giving guests for her July 25, 2009, wedding.
"My first marriage, we just went downtown to city hall," Jackson said. "I'm really excited about this one." She has already gone to a food tasting to plan her wedding dinner, and in spring, she'll post save-the-date cards designed by Laeh LeVert of LT Squared, a Cleveland invitation and graphics company.
At very least, early notice is courteous, said Catherine Holloway, of Lyndhurst-based Etiquette Consulting Service. "Everything with manners is done out of kindness and consideration," she said. "That's why save-the-dates are so lovely."
Even e-mailed save-the-dates pass her muster. "That's what's so great about 2007. As long as you follow the rules of etiquette, you can be informal. What's the real purpose of save-the-dates? They say, You mean a lot to me and I want to make sure you can make it.' "
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