Save the date cards aren’t just for couples marrying abroad. A lot of couples use them to buy themselves more time so they can organise the rest of the information needed for their wedding invitations. But how long before your wedding should you send save the date cards, and what information do you need to include?

When Should You Send Save the Date Cards?

Many people plan their holidays and spending budgets up to a year in advance, so it’s important to let your guests know the date of your wedding as early as possible. I recommend you send save the date cards out 6 to 12 months in advance of the wedding date for couples marrying abroad or at peak holiday times like July and August. It’s also very important to do this if you have a lot of guests travelling from abroad.

Millie Save the Date

Giving as much notice as possible allows guests to plan ahead and avoid clashes in their calendars. This is ultimately why it’s so important to send save the date cards, particularly for those in circles of friends and family with busy schedules.

What Information Should You Include on Save the Date Cards?

The information you include on your save the date doesn’t have to be too detailed. The important details are…

  • Your Names
  • Wedding Date
  • Venue/Location

Fade Save the Date

Although you don’t have to confirm the ceremony and reception venue, I recommend giving your guests an idea of the geographic location you are planning. You could also include an email or telephone number so guests can contact you if they have any questions.

Finally, you should also mention ‘invitation to follow’, and if you are setting up a wedding website with all the details, include the website URL as well.

Guest post by Jeremy Corner of Ivy Ellen

Images of ‘Millie’ and ‘Fade’ Save the Dates from Ivy Ellen