What To Include – When designing save the date cards, keep in mind that the only information that should be included are the date and the location. Travel and area information can also be included. This can be directions from the local airport, recommended resorts or hotels, useful phone numbers, and information on any group booking plans that have been made available. If you are using an online wedding planner, website, or some other online service, you may include that link as an additional courtesy to your guests. At the bottom, be sure to include the words.
On the other hand, if you are not sure whether a particular person or couple will be invited to the wedding, don’t send them a save-the-date card. And there is really no reason, and it’s a waste of your precious money, to buy and send these notices when all of your guests live relatively nearby or the wedding will not occur during a busy time of the year.
What Not To Include – Save the date cards should not be used to provide detailed information about the event itself. This is not the time or place to discuss the rehearsal dinner, the reception, or the ceremony. It is inappropriate to include registry information as well. Guests who are interested in registry information can contact you themselves, or they can wait until the actual wedding invitations are sent out. Response requests are also not included. These notices are merely a courtesy ’heads up’ to your long distance guests and others who may require, for personal, professional, or medical reasons, some advance notice.
To save yourself time with licking the envelopes, you might consider stickers. You can purchase round stickers with your last initial or a rose or heart. These can be found at the stationery store or where you are purchasing your invitations. Another option is to purchase glue sticks to seal the envelopes.
Timing Is Everything – Wedding invitations are generally mailed out six to eight weeks prior to the event, but save the date cards should be sent out four to six months ahead of time. This way, guests will be able to shop around for transportation, schedule a convenient flight, reserve a hotel room, and make other necessary arrangements. Major events are exciting social gatherings that everyone will want to attend, both family and friends from near and far. Sending them out well enough in advance makes it far more likely that all of your guests will be able to attend.