Top Tips: Save the Dates
Updated: Oct 31, 2020
Getting married in the next year? Now is a good time to send your save-the-dates! I've compiled a list of tips to get you started and hopefully make this easy for you!
- Put your save-the-dates in the mail 8-12 months prior to your wedding (more time is important if you are having a destination wedding!).
- Don’t send until you have your date & location set in stone.
- When you meet with your stationery designer to create your Save the Dates, it is a good idea to work backwards always keeping the overall aesthetic of your wedding in mind. Your wedding invitation suite design will tie everything together.
Who to Send to
- Only send to the people that will definitely be on your guest list. If you have people that you are on the fence about inviting, don’t send them a save-the-date.
- If you are allowing a guest to bring a plus-one or parents to bring their children, this is a good time to let them know by addressing the envelope as such.
- Save-the-dates don’t have to match your invitations, but they are the first glimpse of your wedding style. They give guests an idea of what is to come and set the tone for your celebration.
- Save-the-dates can be less formal than your invitations but my suggestion is to keep it simple.
- Design around an engagement photo, have fun with a theme, or just send out the most important information.
- Magnets and cards are always fun, but my recent favorite was coasters!
What to include
- Both of your names.
- Wedding date. If you will be hosting a weekend affair, including dates of other events is helpful for your guests to plan their travel.
- City and state
- “Formal Invitation to Follow” or something similar. This allows guests to know that this isn’t the actual invitation and more details are to come.
- Wedding website. If you have a wedding website, it's a good idea to include the URL.
-Wedding hashtag. If you have a hashtag and want people to tag all of the events leading up to the wedding, now is the time to spread the word.
TIP: Having your accommodations for guests confirmed before the save-the-dates go out is really helpful!
What not to include
- Registry information. You can have this on your wedding website and your friends and family can spread the word about where you are registered.
-ALL of the wedding details. This will all be included in your main invitation.
Since we are still in 2020...
During this unprecedented time for weddings, I would be remiss if I didn't include the "Re-Save the Date". Many people had sent save the dates for 2020 weddings and then opted to send a new card asking their guests to save a new date.
There are so many resources and ideas for Save the Dates. If you would like to explore the options and get started, I would love to meet with you; either in the studio or online.
Amy Hammond is the owner of Stone Hill Paperie, a custom invitation design studio in the quaint village of Skippack, Pennsylvania. Available by appointment to give you the attention you deserve for your important and unique event. Ready for some goosebumps?