Save The Date Etiquette
Save the date etiquette is quickly becoming a modern addition
to wedding etiquette. Following a few simple rules will help you to
announce your wedding plans to family and friends.
Once you have the ring on your finger, the date set, the guest
list compiled and the
venue selected, it is time to pre-announce your wedding plans. A save
the date card will help your guests know that they are, indeed invited
to the wedding celebration.
The rules you need to follow with save the date etiquette are
quite simple and will help you be
timely and organized. The key to a good wedding is being
organized and allowing your guests enough time to plan.
timing of your save the date cards depends on a few things, these
include amount of time you have and where your wedding will be held.
If your wedding will be local, the rule of thumb is to send your save
the date cards out four
to six months in advance
. This will give your guests a
good amount of time to make the plans they need to attend.
A destination wedding requires more planning on behalf of the guests. Six to eight months
will allow your guests to plan time off work, budget travel expenses
and book travel and lodging.
all reality, if you are planning a wedding that is not too far in the
future, then you don't need to worry about the save the date cards.
Save the date etiquette is vital here. The most important thing to do
before sending out a save the date card is to finalize your guest list
The save the date card is a pre-announcement that lets your guests know
that they will be invited to the wedding.
Once you sent out a save the date card to a guest, you cannot un-invite them
If, by chance there is a wedding budget crisis, and you need to make
guest cuts, it is good to know this before you send out the cards. You
can trim a guest list easier when the guests are not yet pre-invited.
When you send out a save the date card, be sure to list if the person
invited can include a guest
There are a couple of ways this can be done. If you know the name of
the guest that will be invited, include them when addressing the card.
If not, it is acceptable to include "and guest". Also, if children are
to be included, list them on the card as well.
save the date card is not as formal as the wedding invitation itself.
You can be as creative as you want when you make your cards. There are
a few vital pieces of information to
on the save the date card.
- The date of the wedding
- The location of the wedding
- The wedding web-site you are using
- A formal wedding invitation will follow
A good save the date etiquette rule to follow is never include bridal registry
information on the save the date card
. There are places
for that later in the invitation process.
Types of Save The Dates
greatest thing about save the date cards is that they do not need to be
cards at all. There are many forms save the date announcements take.
- post cards
list is by not means comprehensive, however it shows you that you can
be creative and have some fun with your save the date announcement.
The key is to keep them
Remember who you are inviting and what you are inviting them to. A good
rule of thumb is to keep it within the theme and time of year of your
wedding. It does make it easier to use your colors, however this is not
Believe it or not, there is envelope etiquette with
save the date cards. It is appropriate for you to hand address or print
computer labels for them. Also, a good idea to follow is if you are
using a magnet as your save the date, list this on the envelope
the date etiquette is a wonderful precursor to good invitation
etiquette. Following these few simple rules will help you get your
wedding started off on the right foot.