Save the Date notices can be simple cards, postcards or even an email. They give guests a 'heads up' about your wedding date so they can make appropriate arrangements to attend (ie booking vacation time off of work, making flight reservations). I HIGHLY recommend them for destination weddings – in fact, the Save the Dates are more important, I think, than the invitations since people need as much advance notice as possible. Ideally, you should send them out as soon as you've made your wedding arrangements.
Only people who are invited to the wedding and will be receiving a formal invitation (sent 6 – 8 weeks before the event) should be sent a Save the Date.
So what exactly does one say on them?
Wording is usually kept to a minimum – short, sweet and to the point. Something like…
Please save the date of
Saturday, June 12, 2009
(if a more formal card – Saturday, the twelfth of June, two thousand and nine)
for the wedding of
(if a formal card, their full names – Barbara Mary Smith, Robert Arthur John Dinano III)
Invitations to follow (this is optional)
Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Smith (hosts – if bride and groom are hosting, this line is not needed)
If you are having a destination wedding, you will want to include the information on the hotel or travel agent so the guests can begin to make arrangements. If you have a wedding website, you may include the address as well.
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