Save the Date Invitations: 12 Wording Samples + 5 Etiquette Tips

wedding save date sample designYou’re finally engaged, the both of you have set a date and maybe even booked a venue! What’s next? Definitely time to think about designing save the dates!

A save the date card is a perfect way to announce your wedding date and location to your guests before all the other specifics are known.

Save the date cards are particularly great if you plan to invite guests from out of town, or even overseas. This will give them lots of time to plan their travels before your big day is near.

Since save the date cards are less formal than wedding invitations, you can be creative in terms of your word choice, and let your personality as a couple shine through. If you prefer, you can opt for funny wording or just keep it formal. For most couples, knowing what to include in their save the date card is tedious.

Here are some tips on what to include, who to invite, and when to send save the date cards.

What Information to Include in Your Save the Date Cards: Keep It Simple!

Your save the date cards should match the wedding invitations as well as your overall theme of the wedding. Since these cards are not your typical wedding invitation cards, you only need to include:

  • Names -Be sure to include your first names. You may also add in both your middle and last names to be less casual.
  • Date of the wedding-The main reason you are sending a save the date card is to announce your wedding date. Your guests will be better informed on what day to reserve for your special day.
  • Location – Your card should include just the town or city that you intend to host your wedding. This is just a heads-up, so no need for specific location details or addresses!
  • Wedding website (optional) If you have a wedding website, you can include this as a URL in your save the date cards to invite your guests to check it out. This is a good option as it allows you to keep people up to date through the whole wedding process, as well as providing a way to communicate details like directions or an RSVP option. You also can choose to add a website address later with your actual wedding invitations.
  • “Formal Invitation to follow” – You can add a small section at the bottom that indicates more details to follow or simply invitation to follow.

When Should You Send Save the Date Cards?

There are no strict rules that apply to how long before your wedding to send out save the dates. Nonetheless, it is important to look at the circumstances surrounding your wedding. If you are planning a destination wedding, sending the cards 9-12 months in advance would be ideal. In most cases, save the date cards are sent 5 months prior to the event.

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Save the Dates Wording Etiquette

shutterfly save date 2 photosWho you address the cards or postcards to is important. Be clear on exactly who’s invited by how you address the cards.

Example: If children are invited, address the save the dates to “The Irving Family.” If not, address them to , “Elizabeth & Kyrie Irving.”

Be careful you aren’t unclear or overly wordy, as save the dates should be brief.

The type of wording you choose should befit the style of the wedding. For a formal wedding, you need to use a formal save the date card with classic font. This sets the tone of the event.

For a casual wedding and relaxed save the date card, you can opt for bold colors, funny wording and a creative design. A handwritten font would be an option for the text on a casual wedding. Also, a little humor goes a long way. Don’t risk overdoing it, being wacky, or having some guests miss the joke.

Just like on wedding invitations themselves, it’s a mistake to include details about a gift registry information, attire, venue, RSVP, or food in save the dates. Save that information for when you send out the actual wedding invitations, and when you do, refer to our top 3 wedding invitation mistakes to avoid!

Save the Date Etiquette: Is it OK to Send an Electronic Invitation

As far as etiquette goes, I think emailed save the dates are an etiquette mistake. Face it, emails aren’t exciting. Digital or electronic save the dates are fine as long as it’s just a backup to your printed save the date. Emails come and go, and you can’t hold them in your hand. They are also prone to being deleted, lost, or buried under a thousand other emails.

If you do send out an email save the date, I recommend using the same design and theme as your printed invitations for consistency. Otherwise, you’re confusing your message!

Show people that your commitment to each other is real with something they can hold on to. Relatives will surely want to keep your wedding save the dates forever, and you might even want to frame one. You can’t do that with an email!

Samples of Save the Date Wording

How you word your save the date is important! Sometimes it helps to look at a few examples of how other people have worded their save the dates, so here are a few designs from Wedding Paper Divas with sample wording options:

sample save date cards wording

The Best is Yet to Come
Save our date!
Audrey & Jack
Little Rock, Arkansas
(*This ties in to their wedding song of the same name)

sample save date postcards wording

Save the Date
Lucy and Tyler • April 7, 2018 • Austin, Texas

sample save dates wording

Becca & Will’s
In San Diego, California

sample save dates invite wording destination

Jacklyn & Marcus
are getting hitched!
Aug 27, 2017 • Irvine, California
Invitation to follow

sample save date design with calendar

Save the date
for our wedding
09.17.17 • Bronx, New York

simple save date design mixbook

We are excited to announce
On Saturday 15th September, 2017
Lyla and Kyle
Are getting married!

Please save the date
We hope that you will be able to share in
Our special day
(Bride’s Parents Names)
Formal invitation to follow

Save the date!
Allan bought the ring
Faith said “Yes”
There’s going to be a wedding
We hope you will be our guest
Thursday 15th April 2017

Please save the date
It’s been a long wait
We wanted to be sure
And it’s been worth the wait

Sunday 16th August 2017
Gaylord, Michigan
Invitation and details to follow
Ian and Sandra

Sam and Samantha
Are tying the knot!
Wednesday 12th October 2016
Honolulu, Hawaii
Invitation to follow

(destination save the date)
Save the date
Saturday, 4th July
For the wedding of
Annie and Aaron James

We look forward to sharing this
Awesome day with you!
Special rates have been arranged at the Grand Hyatt
Please mention the James Wedding
Best rates when making reservations
Invitation to follow


Save the Date Cards: Set the Tone for Your Wedding

Save the date cards are an awesome way to inform your guests of your wedding date and general location prior to sending out the actual wedding invitations.

The ultimate goal is to get friends and family excited about your big day and pencil you in on their calendars. In fact, many simple or minimalist save the dates have few words except the couple’s name, date, and location. Try to keep it short and sweet!

Save the date cards, postcards, or magnets should set the tone for your wedding, so choose a design that’s an extension of you as a couple!

Our favorite designs are from Wedding Paper Divas, but you can also find custom-printed professional-quality save the dates at other stores like Shutterfly, Mixbook, and Snapfish.

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