Tips for Writing Save-The-Date for Wedding Invitations

Sending the wedding invitations is the first step in the process of wedding planning. However, save-the-dates which are sent before a formal invitation set the tone of the wedding invitations. Save-the-dates (or STD in wedding speak), though are non-mandatory, are a great way to announce the wedding day and generate excitement among the guests. These cards are sent to potential wedding guests ahead of formal invitations with the purpose of virtually asking them to save the wedding date and create them bound to clear their schedules for that date. They are useful in case of a destination wedding for the out-of-town guests or a wedding around a holiday such that the guests can get ample of time to make travel arrangements. Here are a few general tips about save-the-dates.
Are they required or not?
With the more extended weddings (two or three-day celebrations) and destination weddings, save-the-dates have become necessities. Also, sending them is an expected courtesy during high travel times such as a vacation

weekend. Though save-the-dates are optional but it’s better to allow the guests enough time to make proper arrangements for the wedding. It should be kept in mind that the earlier guests and friends know the wedding, more likely they are to come.
Who ought to be the recipients?
The answer is just simple-anyone who really has to be invited on the big day. Even if the confirmation has been received by any of the guests, still sending them a save-the-date will be appreciated. It should be noted that after a save-the-date has been mailed to someone, there is no taking back their wedding invitations.
What should be included and excluded?
The foremost information that is needed to be included is the name of the couple, location, time and the wedding website. Additionally and optionally, nearest airports, hotel information and weeding weekend activities like other parties or events can be mentioned on a save-the-date. Keeping the wedding website frequently updated is helpful if any amendments occur after sending save-the-dates. Guests will get updated concerning the wedding schedule through the website. To give the invitees a quick glimpse of the wedding, save-the-date can be designed considering the theme of the wedding. Anyone receiving a save-the-date will also receive a formal invitation. So, it is proper etiquette to incorporate the notes like “Formal invitation to follow” to point that the wedding invitation will be sent soon. While all these factors are necessary to make a save-the-date complete, too much information can make it to resemble an invitation and confuse the guests who are not familiar with them.
How to mail them?
Save-the-dates should be mailed eight to nine months before the wedding date. If most of the guests are local and minority traveling, then the cards can be sent six months before. However, if the wedding is less than six months away, then sending save-the-date should be skipped and wedding invitations should be sent a little early. Postcards are a good option to do save-the-dates. However, there is no return address on a postcard. So, if they are mailed to a wrong address, the sender will be unaware of it. Therefore, if save-the-dates are sent too early, they may get tossed aside. If they are sent too late, they will be invitations themselves.
John Smith is an analyst in a well reputed wedding invitations manufacturing company. Throughout the profound experience of over 8 years, he has been involved in various wedding planning ventures. He want to share his experiences and knowledge on various wedding planning issues through his writings.

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