Anatomy of an Invitation Suite

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Anatomy of a Save the Date



REQUEST LANGUAGE - These are the lines requesting that guests reserve your wedding date in their calendars. There are many different ways to word this part of the card, with varying degrees of formality. Alternate options include: Save the date! Alexandra and Nicolas are tying the knot // Mark your calendars! Alexandra and Nicolas are getting hitched! // Please save the date to celebrate the marriage of Alexandra Widmann and Nicolas Rinde.

NAMES - The save the date cards are not as formal as the invitation and there is more flexibility in the names used. It is appropriate to use first, middle and last names for the most traditional weddings and to use just first and last or simply first names for more casual, playful affairs.

THE LOCATION - Typically, just the city and state (spelled out in full) where the ceremony will take place are included on the save the date. If the reception will be held in a different city, it is still most appropriate to list the ceremony city and state only.

INVITATION TO FOLOW - For the sake of clarity, it is often important to indicate that an invitation will follow the save the date card, which will reinforce that guests should expect additional details at a later date.

WEBSITE - The save the date card is also an excellent place to share your wedding website address, if you have one. This is a good idea for several reasons. First, it will provide your guests with a way to access accommodation details, without having to clutter the printed save the date card. Second, sharing your wedding website on the main invitation is a bit of an etiquette faux-pas and so the save the date is a nice alternative. Third, it gives your guests a place to become better acquainted with your wedding and to build some exctement for the big day!

WHEN TO SEND - The timeframe for mailing your save the dates will vary based on the location of your event, where your guests are from and the formality of your wedding. Typically, six to eight months prior to the wedding is the standard recommended window for sending save the dates. However, destination weddings and weddings with a significant number of out-of-town guests will necessitate mailing a little earlier. If you have a B List, it is also advisable to send the save the dates closer to eight months, rather than six.