Once you’ve set your wedding date, it’s time to spread the big news to your guests! Save the date cards are the first step when inviting friends and family to your special day, so make sure you include these important details!
What to Include
It’s vital to have your guest list clearly planned out before you send save the date cards. Once a guest has received their card, they will expect an invitation to the full wedding. As such, you should start by thinking about the envelopes. Make it clear who you are inviting by writing their names on the front.
For instance, if you are having an adults-only wedding, write the names of the parents, not the family surname. Likewise, if children are invited, put their names on the envelope along with their guardians. If you are allowing plus-ones, add ‘and Guest’ after the recipient’s name.
Next, it’s time to plan the wording for the cards. It might seem silly to mention it, but don’t forget to include your names so people know who’s getting married! Add the wedding date; this will give guests time to plan ahead and clear their schedule for that day should they wish to attend.
Featured Design: ‘Elegant Lace Save the Date Card’
Write the location of your wedding as accurately as you can. At this stage, you might not have your venue booked yet. Even if you can’t add a full address, aim to include a county at the least. If you’re getting married abroad, make it clear where you’re going so guests can prepare for the trip.
Finish the card with the promise of a formal invitation to follow. If you have a wedding website, include the address so they can find more information.
Sending Your Save the Date Cards
It’s good etiquette to leave plenty of time for guests to book time off work or make arrangements for childcare. If your wedding falls during a busy holiday season, guests will appreciate advanced notice so they can avoid planning events that clash with the big day.
Send save the date stationery six to eight months before the wedding, or even sooner if you’re having a destination wedding. Guests will need extra warning if they’ll have to plan flights and arrange hotels abroad.
Featured Design: ‘Heart Travel Destination Save the Date Card’
Send out one card per household, remembering to clearly address the envelopes to those you wish to invite. Again, plan ahead – don’t invite someone who might get scratched off the guest list as you get closer to the day. You also don’t have to send save the date cards to evening reception-only guests.
Choosing Your Save the Date Cards
Some highly organised couples will already have their stationery design in mind; if you’re one of those people, you could match the design of your save the date cards to this design. Alternatively, choose something to match your theme or colour palette. Others haven’t set their stationery or theme choice in stone at this stage.
If that applies to you, save the dates are a great way to experiment with a theme you’re considering for the wedding. You can also choose something that represents you as a couple, or celebrate your relationship with a card featuring photographs of yourselves.
Featured Design: ‘Vintage Travel Destination Save the Date Magnet’
Order well in advance so you can check the stationery, leaving time for delays and corrections you may need to make. Many stationers offer a proof service which lets you check your order prior to printing. Double-check any proofs carefully and ask friends to examine it, too. That way, you can iron out any little errors that might have slipped in.