Save the Date Cards

Helping your guests plan ahead for your special day

Let your busy guests know when you’re getting married so they can keep the date free to celebrate with you! Save the Date cards are a short and sweet note that let your guests know what date you and your honey will be getting married. The cards are usually sent out at least six months before the big day - your wedding invitations are sent a few months later. Save the Date cards aren’t a necessity, but they’re very helpful for guests who are coming from out of town and need to make hotel arrangements or guests who have very busy social calendars.

When to use

Save the Date cards are also helpful if your wedding:

  • Takes place around the holidays
  • Will be held in an exotic or foreign locale
  • Happens during busy tourist seasons when accommodations are booked up early

If you’re planning a destination wedding, it’s a good idea to send your Save the Date cards up to a year in advance so guests can plan for vacation time, passports and other travel arrangements.

Save the Date style

Your Save the Date cards can range from postcards and note card designs to magnets, puzzles, notebooks and other customizable items. Your options are endless! Save the Date cards are much less formal than wedding invitations, so have some fun with your design.

Information to include

Be sure to include the date and location of your wedding. Since Save the Date cards are a newer trend and some of your guests may confuse them with the wedding invitation, be sure to include a line that explains the formal invitation will come later.

Save the Date wording

Not sure how to word your cards? The word choices below will give you some ideas of how to ask your guests to save your wedding date.

Kelly and Mark are getting married!
We hope you can celebrate with us on August 25, 2007.
Invitations to follow.

Please save the date!
Kelly Anderson and Mark Richards are getting married on August 25, 2007 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Invitations and details coming soon!

Come share our special day!
Kelly Anderson and Mark Richards hope you can attend their August 25, 2007 wedding in Myrtle Beach.
Invitations and details to follow.

August 25, 2007
Kelly Anderson and Mark Richards are excited to announce their upcoming wedding!
Please save the date to celebrate with us.
Formal invitations to follow.

Save the Date cards are a new addition to modern etiquette and a great way to keep busy guests in the loop. If you think your guests would appreciate a heads-up about your wedding, Save the Date cards are an excellent way to do just that!

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