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Save the Date Etiquette

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Minted.com

Minted.com

Save the dates became popular in the early 2000’s and have become a very common part of wedding stationery.  They are a way to let your guests know when and where your impending nuptials will take place.  Save the dates help guests plan for your day, especially if travel will be involved, and it makes the possibility of them having plans on your wedding day much less likely.

As a general rule, you can start sending save the dates six months before your wedding or up to a year in advance for a destination wedding.  The key is not to send them too early because people may toss them aside or your wedding day details may change.  Always be sure your plans are set in stone and that you only send save the dates to guests you would never think of not having at your wedding – bridal party, family and very close friends.  You also want to be sure not to send them too late because you don’t want save the dates to overshadow your actual invitations.

Save the dates should include the basic information for your wedding day – your names (duh!), the date with year included and the location, feel free to be as specific (Saint Stephen’s Catholic Church, Columbus, Ohio) or as general (Cleveland, Ohio) as you would like.  If you have room and feel that save the dates might confuse your guests, you also have the option to include the phrase “Formal Invitation to Follow”.

I recently entered a few seasonal save the date designs in the current Minted Design ChallengeMinted is an online store that offers unique stationery from different independent brands and designers, if you haven’t heard of it you absolutely must check it out – which is being judged by Style Me Pretty’s Abby Larson.  Here are a few of the gorgeous save the dates that Minted currently sells:

nostalgia save the date cards by emily ranneby

nostalgia save the date cards by emily ranneby

spanish lace save the date cards by annie clark

spanish lace save the date cards by annie clark

charmed save the date cards by oscar+emma design

charmed save the date cards by oscar+emma design

midnight vineyard save the date cards by . design ...

midnight vineyard save the date cards by . design ...

nyc transit save the date cards by . design lotus

nyc transit save the date cards by . design lotus

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3 Comments

  1. Chatterberries

    8/17/09

    Beautiful designs! Thanks for sharing, this are great ideas. Your blog is really nice, I’ll check it out often.

  2. Amanda

    Amanda

    8/17/09

    Thanks so much :)

  3. Melissa Kay

    Melissa Kay

    9/2/09

    Those are great!

    I’ve noticed, too, that save-the-dates generally will increase your ‘yes’ RSVPs; so if the general rule of thumb is to expect 20% of your guest list to RSVP they can’t attend, you can expect that percentage to be less when sending out the save the date cards. It gives people more time to plan and they will.
    .-= Melissa´s last blog ..RSVP Mysteries solved! =-.