"Save the Date" Wording Etiquette

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"Save the Date" Wording Etiquette
"Save the Date" cards are becoming more common. (NA/AbleStock.com/Getty Images)

Wedding planning is a time-consuming and sometimes trying event in any bride- or groom-to-be's life. But "Save the Date" cards can be a chance to have fun and be creative. Before starting your "Save the Date" cards you must have your date and location set and a basic guest list, including your most important guests. "Save the Date" cards are not meant to be formal, which means wording can be more relaxed than on the invitation.

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Basic Wording for "Save the Date" Cards

The most basic information that should appear on the "Save the Date" card is the first name of the bride and the groom, the date of the ceremony and the city and state in which it will be held. If you have booked a location, that too should be included. Unless the location is set in stone, do not include it in the "Save the Date" card. It's also appropriate to include a simple line such as "Formal Invitation to Follow." If you happen to have a wedding website, include the address on the card.

Getting Creative with Extra Wording

Some "Save the Date" cards include a short poem or quotation. This is not necessary, but it will make your card more memorable, and it's an opportunity to express the personality of the couple. Keeping your extra wording short is the key.

Consider the Audience

While this correspondence is a chance to have fun and show off your fun side, take into consideration the people who will be recieving these cards. If the bride or groom has a very serious or traditional family, a humorous "Save the Date" card may be ill-received. Family members may feel as though the couple is not taking the marriage seriously. The key is to relate the information needed without causing offence.

When to Send the Cards

Typically "Save the Date" cards should be sent six months in advance to allow invited guests to put the date in their schedules. If your wedding is going to be a destination wedding or you have many out-of-town guests, the cards should be sent nine to 12 months in advance to allow people to make travel and hotel arrangements. If your wedding will happen near a major holiday, it's best to send "Save the Date" cards 12 months in advance.

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