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What Should We Include on Our Save the Date?

May 13, 2017

If you are having a destination wedding where guests are expected to travel and take time from work it is a good idea to send Save the Date invitations so that they can mark the date in their calendar and can start planning their trip. 

 

Indeed, your destination wedding may be a 3-day event so it’s always a good idea to give your guests enough notice of your intention.  Your guests will have their own schedules, work and family commitments and the more notice they have to manage these the better.

 

It is also a lovely way to start getting everyone excited about your big day and looking forward to the celebration.

 

Here are our top tips on creating your Save the Date:

 

1. When should we send our Save the Dates?

 

If you are having your wedding at home 6-8 months notice is sufficient.  In the case of a destination wedding 8-10 months is more appropriate.  Flights will be available within this timeframe and this will allow your guests to avail of lower airfares.

 

2. Who should receive your Save the Date?

 

Save the dates should be sent to everyone you intend to invite, this includes both of your parents, siblings, bridesmaids, groomsmen etc.  While close family members won’t need reminding of your special day sending them a Save the Date will certainly bring the excitement level up a notch between you all.

 

Save the Dates should be sent to only those you wish to have at your wedding.  It is important to also be specific, do you intend to invite your friends children, your cousins plus one?  Do you intend to allow single guests to bring a plus one?  Our advise is to be clear about this from the outset and address the Save the Date to only those you wish to be at your wedding.

 

 

3. What details should we include on our Save the Date?

  • Bride and Groom’s name

  • Wedding Date

  • Location – no need to include the venue name at this stage keep an air of mystery about it and just include the City

  • Wedding website (if you choose to have one)

  • A personal message if you wish

  • Formal invitation to follow

  • Return address

 

4. Registry details, should we share at this stage?

 

The general rule of thumb is that your Save the Date should not include your registry details, it is really just a simple and fun note that you two have set a date and would love the company of your guest to celebrate.

 

 

5. Is an RSVP necessary?

 

While this might seem like a good idea to help you plan better your numbers an RSVP is not necessary with your Save the Date.  Your Save the Date puts your guests on notice that they will be receiving a formal information and you are giving them enough time to decide what their response will be when you send out your invitation.

 

 

6. Include a return address

 

Once you send out your Save the Dates it is important to know that they ended up in the hands of who you intended.  This will help you manage numbers and responses as they come in.  If you do not have a return address on your Save the Date and your guest has moved home how will you know?

 

 

 

7. Matchy –matchy?

 

Given that your wedding may be 10 months away it is not necessary for your Save the Date to match your wedding invite as you may change your style or theme in this time period.  Save the Dates are relatively informal so let your personal style and humour come across.  The Save the Date can act as the dress rehearsal for your actual invite, so play with fonts and colours you wouldn’t normally choose and see what you think of them.

 

So there you have it our top tips for creating your Save the Date.

 

We would love to hear from you, so please feel free to drop us an email to ann@annsmythweddings.com if you have any questions.

 

Speak soon

 

Ann

 

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