SAVE THE DATE WORDING & ETIQUETTE

Save the Date Cards, oh my!  When creating your wording and etiquette, as in other things in life, sometimes it’s better to share than to re-create the mold.  I’d like to share the following article from Minted weddings:

Congratulations, you’re engaged! Once you’ve booked a wedding venue, it’s time to start thinking about save-the-dates. This little piece of wedding stationery serves as a heads-up so guests can mark their calendar and begin making travel plans (if necessary) to attend your celebration. The save the date also lets them know there will be a formal invitation on the way with all the wedding details; this means you can keep your save-the-date wording short, simple, and to the point.

 

WHEN TO SEND YOUR SAVE THE DATES

Mail your save the dates six to eight months before the wedding. This will give guests ample time to request days off from work and make travel plans, if needed. However, if the wedding falls on a holiday weekend or is a destination wedding, aim to send them nine months to a year in advance.

TYPES OF SAVE THE DATES

There are several kinds of save the dates to choose from to suit your style and budget. You can go the traditional route with a paper save-the-date card sent via snail mail; you could also opt for a more casual postcard-style save the date or a magnetic design that guests can stick on their refrigerator as a reminder. Also, these days electronic save the dates are becoming more and more popular because of their cost and convenience benefits.

WHO GETS A SAVE THE DATE?

Anyone you’re sure you’re going to invite to the wedding. If your guest list is not entirely finalized, refrain from sending save-the-date cards to guests on your B-list; once someone receives a save the date, you’re obligated to send them a wedding invitation, too.

WHAT TO INCLUDE ON YOUR SAVE THE DATE

  • Your names:  the bride’s name traditionally appears first; for same sex couples consider alphabetically
  • The Wedding Date:  Spell out the entire date if your prefer a formal tone
  • Wedding Location:  Just the city and state where the wedding will be held (you’ll share the venue details later on the actual invitation)
  • Invite to Follow:  This line let’s the guests know they should expect to receive a wedding invitation is the coming weeks
  • Wedding Website URL:  Nice to have but not necessary

 

WORDING YOUR SAVE THE DATES: EXAMPLES

Some couples include photo from the engagement shoot or a favorite quote or saying, if there’s room. Wording-wise, this is the time to be less formal, so feel free to get creative with your save-the-date text. Here are a few examples of how couples word their save the dates.

Add a short phrase or saying to help convey how excited you both are to embark on the next phase of your lives together.

CUTE & PLAYFUL

Jennifer + Charlie
Headed to forever
June 20, 2020
Denver

CUTE & PLAYFUL

Our biggest adventure
August 11, 2020
Lauren & Miles
San Francisco, CA

If you are still having trouble creating your Save the Date Cards or any other wedding pitfalls, feel free to contact Dream Event Services, we would be more than happy to assist you.

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