You’ve said “Yes!” to your wedding venue and maybe even your dress, now it’s time to let your guests know they’re invited to the wedding of the century….yours! So, what’s the best way to get the word out? You’ll want to send them what’s called a “Save the Date.” But when? And how? Thankfully, we’ve got you covered! Read on, below, for advice on when to send your Save the Dates and more, as well as new Save the Date designs from Zola, one of our favorite wedding planning tools out there. Not only does Zola have one of the best selections of customizable and affordable wedding invites, but with Zola you can create a matching free wedding website, amazing wedding registry, and take advantage of their super helpful wedding planning tools, such as their Guest List manager and Wedding Checklist.
What’s a Save the Date?
A Save the Date is a pre-invitation that acts as an official announcement for your wedding date and location. It’s a great way to let guests know that they will not only be invited to the wedding, but will give them enough time to make plans to attend (especially if you’re having a destination wedding). Typically sent in a postcard-style format, your Save the Dates can also match your wedding destination, venue, theme, or decor. Looking for chic and affordable Save the Date designs? Zola has hundreds of options with free shipping and guest addressing—all starting at just 0.99/each.
So, when should you actually send your Save the Dates?
Traditional etiquette says you should send your Save the Dates four to six months before your wedding date, but we say the sooner you can send them out, the better! Sending your Save the Dates eight months before your wedding would not be unheard of, and if you’re having a destination wedding, up to 12 months would give guests enough time to plan. The more notice you’re able to give guests, the higher chance you’ll have of them attending your wedding!
Editor’s Tip: Design your Save the Date to reflect your wedding theme and destination!
Who should you send your Save the Dates to?
You should only send your Save the Dates to those friends and family members that you want to invite to the wedding. Before you send your Save the Dates you’ll want to finalize your guest list and make sure that everybody you want to invite gets one, even if you’re already verbally invited them. One of the best ways to get your guests’ mailing addresses is by using Zola’s free Guest List Manager, which helps you collect guests’ addresses, track RSVPs get meal preferences, and more.
What info should you include on your Save the Dates?
Your Save the Dates should include your names (full or first names only), wedding date (or dates if it’s a weekend-long wedding), location, as well as “invitation to follow” wording. We also suggest creating your wedding website so you can include the url on your Save the Dates for guests to visit for more information. Your wedding website can include your love story (how you two met), a wedding FAQ (such as dress code), event and hotel information, as well as your wedding registry. Zola offers gorgeous (and free) wedding websites that allow you easily incorporate your Zola wedding registry all in one place. That means it’s easier for guests to not only find out the pertinent info for your wedding, but to buy your wedding gift without even leaving your website! Plus, you can match your free Zola wedding website to your Save the Dates and invites to create a beautiful, cohesive wedding theme.
Editor’s Tip: Zola’s Save the Dates feature a postcard format that let you include your design on the front, and important information on the back. Plus, postcard stamps cost just $0.35/each, so you’ll save money!
How should you address your Save the Dates?
You’ll want to address your Save the Dates as you would your wedding invitations, being sure to include only the names of the guests that are invited. For instance, if you’re only inviting your friends and not their children, their Save the Date would be addressed to “Mr. and Mrs. Jones” and not “The Jones Family.” Plus, don’t forget! Zola offers free guest addressing AND shipping.
Your Save the Dates are the first formal communication you’ll have with guests about your wedding, so have fun with them! Ready to start yours?
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