Is your teen graduating high school this spring? You might want to get the word out early with graduation save the dates. Graduation save the dates are sent out much earlier than formal graduation announcements so that family and friends can pencil in a date for your teen’s graduation on their calendars as soon as possible.
Here’s why graduation save the dates are quickly becoming a vital component of your graduation stationery:
1.) As a Courtesy to Out of Town Guests
Family and friends from out of state will need plenty of time to plan their trip if they will be attending your teen’s graduation ceremony and party. Since the ideal time to purchase plane tickets at an affordable price is at least 2 months out, that’s a great target date for sending out graduation save the date cards.
If you can get the date out to friends and relatives even sooner, that’s even better. Everyone appreciates some additional time to plan for flights and lodging.
2.) To Stake Your Claim on a Graduation Party Date
Unfortunately, graduation parties can be a source of contention among parents of teens in the same graduating class. Just think about it. Hundreds of kids from a single high school will all be graduating in a single weekend. Nearly all of them will have graduation parties either immediately following the ceremony or over the next two days after the ceremony.
The sooner you stake your claim on a time and date of your teen’s graduation party, the better. That way, if anyone thinks you are trying to compete with their teen’s party, you can point out that your planning took place well in advance and was not decided to spite them. After all, you never want to be accused of stealing another graduate’s spotlight.
3.) To Share an Awesome Photo of Your Grad
Senior portraits are some of the highest quality photos your teen may ever have taken (not to mention they can be super expensive!) Get the most out of those amazing portraits by using one of the photos in your teen’s graduation save the dates.
Close family and friends will be happy to have a beautiful photo of your teen as a keepsake and you’ll get to share more of your teen’s portraits.
4.) To Kickstart Your Own Planning
When it comes to your son or daughter’s graduation, it’s best not to wait until the last minute to plan the festivities surrounding it. After all, your child only graduates from high school once. The very process of creating and sending a graduation save the date will force you to start thinking about how you want to honor your teen at this important milestone.
While planning out your save the dates, you can start planning other important details. These details might include booking a graduation party venue and/or caterer; deciding on graduation party decorations; budgeting for senior year expenses like class rings, yearbooks, and a cap and gown; and talking with your teen about what he or she envisions for her graduation celebration.
5.) They’re Surprisingly Affordable & Easy
Fully customizable graduation save the dates don’t have to cost an arm and a leg. Basic flat card designs from PurpleTrail start at only $1.09 per card for a standard 4”x6” card. Better yet, there’s no extra charge for customizing your graduation save the dates with your own photos, text, background colors, and embellishments.
If the idea of sending save the dates sounds stressful, you can take advantage of PurpleTrail’s convenient mailing service. Simply upload the addresses of your recipients, and PurpleTrail will do all the stamping, stuffing and sending on your behalf for a modest fee. Easy as pie!
Last but not least, graduation save the dates are a fun way to bond with your senior before they head off on their own. You can choose a graduation save the date design and personalize it together for a card that’s uniquely yours.