Save the Date Wording

The casual nature of save the date cards means you can word your save the dates just about any way you'd like. Formal, modern, funny, spartan—pick the style that best suits you and your wedding. Most couples use an engagement photo on the card with either their names and/or a phrase while others and others stick to a more formal/traditional look by only using wedding details and some artistic detail.

Wording your save the dates is fairly simple and not something to stress about—it's much simpler than choosing the wording for your wedding invitations. However, be sure to include these primary pieces of information:

  1. Your Names

    Some couples opt for the full names while others keep it casual and simply use first names.

  2. The Wedding Date
    It sounds obvious but be absolutely sure that your are saving the correct wedding date (and that you're not going to change it). You can express it numerically (06/10/2012) or as text: "June Tenth, Two Thousand Twelve" depending on the formality of your save the date.
  3. The Location
    Your save the date should not only relay the date to be reserved but also imply whether or not the recipient will have to travel. Since the wedding is still 6-12 months away you should describe the location in general terms Like "Hawaii" or "Las Vegas" (or you can omit it completely). Location is much more important for destination weddings than it is for traditional weddings in the states.
  4. A Nod to Future Details
    Remember, save the date cards are not invitations to a wedding. So don't include every detail of your wedding on the card. Most save the dates include the wording "Invitation to Follow" or "Formal Invitation to Follow" which implies that the actual wedding invitation (complete with the location, time, and invited guests) will come at a later date.
  5. Your Wedding Website
    This is a point of contention among wedding experts—some argue that including your wedding website's URL on your save the date is a faux pas while others contend that it is perfectly acceptable. We've seen both, and ultimately it's up to you—it's your wedding. It is a convenient way to let family and friends know about it but know that it's completely optional.

Here are more articles related to save the date wording that will help you properly address your cards, avoid any mistakes, and clearly communicate your wedding details to friends and family.

This collection of nine different save the date wording examples will give you several blueprints of how to phrase your own details. Examples include classic, formal, modern, minimalist, playful, and funny wording styles.
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