Wording for Save-the-Date Invitations

by Shelby Winchell

Save-the-date cards or invitations are announcements of the actual wedding day for those who are engaged and want to share the news about their upcoming nuptials. If you receive one in the mail, it's an indicator that you're going to be invited to a wedding. Wedding etiquette says couples don't have to send a save-the-date just because you're getting married, but these cards do help your guests plan for your big day. Certain wording for these cards is appropriate.

What to Include

Writing something like "Save the Date" with the bride and groom's names along with the wedding date and location (city and state) is sufficient wording for a save-the-date card. Send them out four to six weeks in advance so guests can take time off work if they need to, start planning and making arrangements. If you are planning a destination wedding like in Hawaii, you may consider sending the save-the-dates out a year in advance.

Less Formal

Save-the-date cards are written in a way that's less formal than a wedding invitation. They're basically an informal way of letting your guests know you're getting married and they're invited. You don't want your guests to be confused and think the save-the-date card is the wedding invitation, so write "Formal invitation to follow" at the bottom of the card.

Poems, Quotes and Pictures

There's really no right or wrong way to create a save-the-date, so you can add a poem or a quote. You can even add a picture to the card. Use your creativity. If something is written in a way that means a lot to the couple, include it in the save-the-date. If there's going to be a theme for your wedding, include it in the save-the-date. For example, if you're planning a country wedding, consider writing "Dust off your boots and save the date." Theknot.com recommends writing, "He proposed and she said "Yes!" or "We're taking the plunge!" on your save-the-date cards.

Optional Wording

If there's enough space on the save-the-date, provide guests with additional information about the big day. This can be especially helpful for your out-of-town guests. If you've created a wedding website, include the web address on the save-the-date card. You can help guests plan by including airfare, hotel and car rental information. If you've registered somewhere and want to share that information with your guests, include it on the save-the-date.