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Save-The-Date Do's and Don'ts: What To Include

Shannon Arney - Monday, May 30, 2016
Save-The-Date Do's and Don'ts: What To Include

Save-the-dates are a super fun way to remind everyone of your impending nuptials.  It is the first glimpse your wedding guests will see of your wedding day so have fun with it!  Go simple or go elaborate - you can opt for a postcard with clear lettering or you can go big with glistening confetti popping out of your save-the-date envelope.  Whatever you chose we suggest you follow our guidelines on save-the-date do's and don'ts.

Save-The-Date Do's and Don'ts

The Do's:

DO INCLUDE: Name and Date - I know this one is a no-brainer, but I'm not willing to chance leaving it out!  Always include the who and when.  Make sure your wedding guests can't get it wrong; you and your fiance's name and wedding date should be the most prominent lettering on your save-the-date.

DO INCLUDE: City and State -  You should most certainly let your guests know where your wedding ceremony and reception will be held.  This gives them a opportunity to mentally prepare for what is to come.  However, this does not mean you should include finalized details concerning the wedding like venue location.  Simply include the city and state you will be holding your wedding in.

DO INCLUDE: Return Address - Sadly, some of your save-the-dates won't make it to their destination.  If this happens to you, you want to know which were undeliverable.  The best way to do this is to make sure that your return address is located on the save-the-date postcard or envelope.  If any should be returned to you, you will know which guest it didn't reach and be able to notify the individual by other means. 

DO INCLUDE: Wedding Website - The goal is to design a save-the-date that uses minimal text so it doesn't appear cluttered.  This means loading it up with major wedding details is a big NO, NO! Instead, include your wedding website URL so interested guests have more detailed information available to them should they want to know.

DO INCLUDE: "Formal Invitation to Follow" - Sometimes it is beneficial to include this phrase as a footnote in your save-the-date.  While we may sit here and think it is obvious that a formal invitation will be sent out, believe me when I say some won't realize this to be the case.  Adding these four little words can keep these baffled guests from blowing up your phone with calls or texts asking for details concerning your wedding day. 


The DON'Ts: 

DON'T INCLUDE: RSVP - Save-the-dates are not intended to be a type of early invitation.  They are simply there to give guests a heads up on your wedding date.  You may not see the harm in asking for early RSVP's at first, BUT it can become a huge problem when some check the YES box, but find out 6 months down the road they have an unavoidable engagement.

DON'T INCLUDE: Wedding Registry - Save-the-dates nor wedding invitations are places to include wedding registry info.  You should ONLY include this info on your wedding website.  All the more reason to get that website up and running and featured on your save-the-dates.

DON'T INCLUDE: Details - We touched on this already, but I want to reiterate that you should not bog down your save-the-dates with a bunch of wedding details like wedding venue info, ceremony start time, if there will be a cocktail hour, and so on.  Provide all the detailed logistics when sending your wedding invitations.  You never know what may change between sending out your save-the-dates since they do go out about 8 months prior to saying "I do".

Tell us what you think:

Did you send out save-the-dates to advertise your wedding day?  We would love to hear what worked for you or what seemed like a fatal mistake to include.  Show off those beautiful creations.  We want to see!

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