You’ve picked out your wedding location and set the date…now you just need to let guests know the big news! Save the Dates are a great way to not only show off your engagement photos, but to give guests plenty of time to make travel arrangements if necessary. (See our tips on when to send your save the dates here). But what other information should you include on your Save the Dates?
Thankfully Zola makes it easy to create your Save the Dates online. Read on to see what information to include, then head to Zola to shop hundreds of their unique and affordable designs, starting at $0.99 each. You’ll get free shipping AND free guest addressing when you order your Save the Dates, not to mention a free personalized sample.
Editor’s Tip: Make sure to only send a Save the Date to guests who are invited to the wedding!
Find the Perfect Design
Your STD is the perfect way to set the tone for the wedding. Whether you’re getting married at a destination wedding venue or something closer to home, look for a design that inspires the both of you. (Need help? Check out our guide to the best save the date cards for every type of wedding venue). You can also filter your design choices with Zola by color, orientation [IE: landscape or portrait] as well as by special features such as custom photo designs, foil, or even the option for a magnet version. And since Zola has matching wedding invitations as well, you can even use the same design later on!
Once you find a design you love, you can personalize your Save the Date on Zola even more. Your options include:
Type: Choose the type of Save the Date you want, such as paper or magnet.
Size: Select between Petite, Classic, and Postcard size.
Paper Type: If you’ve opted for a paper Save the Date (vs. magnet) you can choose between smooth, eggshell, natural, double or triple thick, and more. Zola is one of the few places to offer such a wide selection of paper online, which means you’ll have a high-quality yet affordable Save the Date or invite no matter which type you choose. If you’ve selected a magnet Save the Date, you can select whether you want a semi-gloss or matte finish.
Silhouette: Feeling square? Or maybe rounded? Either option works great!
Want to see your Save the Date in person before you buy? With Zola you can order a free, customized sample. Simply enter the code FREESAMPLE on the ‘Review’ page to get your personalized design mailed to you.
Add the Important Details
Once the design is exactly how you want it, it’s time to customize your STD by adding your personal details. Zola’s intuitive builder makes it easy to create your Save the Date online. Starting with the front of the card, you can add text (select a formal or casual tone depending on the type of wedding you plan on having) and upload a personal photo (if you’ve chosen a photo design). Zola also offers design tips for your Save the Dates, and you can always contact them if you have any other questions along the way!
The details you’ll want to make sure your Save the Date has are:
- Both of your names (first names or full names are fine)
- Your wedding date
- The city and state of your wedding location
- A note that a real invitation will follow (‘Formal Invitation to Follow’)
- Your wedding website and password (more on that below)
For the back of the card, you’ll want to include your return address as well as the guest address. Guest addressing is completely free with Zola, and you can also use their incredibly awesome Guest List Manager tool that will help you not only gather guest addresses, but track online RSVPs and meal choices.
Your STD is a great place to include your wedding website url, which guests can use to stay up to date on the latest information for your wedding. Zola has matching wedding websites for every invitation design, making it easy to create a cohesive wedding theme and palette. Guests will also appreciate being able to shop your Zola wedding registry on your wedding website without every having to leave, and can even RSVP on there, too. Your Zola wedding website is password protected to make sure your information stays private, so be sure to include your password on the STD as well.
What Not to Include
While you’ll want to make sure you have all the information above included on your Save the Date, one thing to avoid is putting your wedding registry info directly on there as well. Save that for your wedding website! Other info you don’t have to worry about including would be:
- Your venue name
- The time of your wedding
- Wedding dress code
- Whether or not kids are invited (instead, you can include this on your wedding website if you’re having an adults-only wedding)
That’s it! Hopefully this guide will help you easily create your Save the Date. 🙂
*You will receive $100 to spend on Zola when you set up your wedding registry on Zola, and receive $500 in Zola gifts.
All products featured on Woman Getting Married are independently selected by our editors. However, we may earn affiliate revenue on this article and commission when you buy something. Learn more.