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Save The Date Cards

When you are planning a wedding far in advance or expecting out-of-town guests, the save the date cards are an excellent idea. These cards are sent to the prospective wedding guests to make sure their attendance for the wedding day, or in other words, these cards announce to them the upcoming event to guarantee they will keep the day free.

Save the date cards are generally sent with at least 4 to 6 months prior to the wedding day, but it may require up to 12 months in advance or a little longer if yours will be a destination wedding. Wedding Ceremonies held near a holiday or at seasonal tourist venues require 9 to 12 months prior notice.

As you may see, save the date cards are required when guests need to travel to your wedding and sometimes they will need to book accommodations, transportation, or make any other arrangements prior, during and/or after the wedding celebration, in which case it is helpful to provide your guests with additional details such as hotels, car rental, etc.

Save the date invitations may vary from formal cards that resemble wedding invitations to informal postcards, brochures or fridge magnets that you can personalize according to your wedding theme or your personal taste. There are also enclosures that you can include with your card, such as your engagement photo, or the information on flights, and other facilities in the surroundings.

Keep on hand you wedding guests list and check to see whom you will send save the date cards making sure those persons also receive a wedding invitation, common mistakes some brides make in the belief that sending a save the date card substitutes the wedding invitation.

Once you have the list and decided the style, your save the date card must include this information:

  • Bride and Groom names
  • Date of the wedding
  • City, Town and state of where the wedding will take place, including country if abroad.
  • The express mention of "Invitation to follow", "Invitation will follow", or "Invitation and details to follow", placed at the bottom of the card so your guest may know this is a save the date card and not the wedding invitation.


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