Save the Dates are the first big piece of wedding stationery you will send to your guests, so it's understandable that you would have lots of questions about them! Scroll on to read the answers to the questions I receive most often regarding save the dates.
When should I send out my save the dates?
As soon as you have the venue and date locked down, you can send out your save the dates! We recommend anywhere from 4-8 months in advance of the wedding depending on the length of your engagement. If you are planning to have engagement photos as a part of your save the date design, be sure to book an engagement shoot with your photographer at least a month or two before you'd like to send out your save the dates.
What information should be included?
Save the dates typically include your first names, wedding date, location (city, state), and a link to your wedding website. You can also include a line that says "Formal Invitation to Follow" or "Invitation to Follow" to let your guests know to watch for your invitation!
How should save the dates be addressed?
In order to avoid confusion or assumed invitees, it's best to be as specific as possible when addressing your save the dates. Since save the dates are less formal, including titles (Mr. and Mrs., etc.) is not required, but recommended, as it provides clarity regarding who is invited. Including "and guest", "and family", or specific names on your save the date envelopes also allows your guests to make travel plans in advance. Having this infomation on your guest list at this stage will also save you time down the road!
If you are planning on having your envelopes addressed through Felderhoff & Co, be sure to format your guest list in a spreadsheet with the following columns:
- Name including titles as well as "and guest" or "and family" where applicable
- Address Line 1 street address and apartment or unit numbers
- Address Line 2 city, state, zipcode
You can also include an optional Name Line 2 if you would like to add kid's names on the second line right after their parents names. Lastly, be sure to avoid abbreviations or nicknames (spell out "Street" instead of using "St." ).
While these are the most commonly asked questions, I've received dozens of others. There is no such thing as a stupid question, so shoot me an email or comment below with anything else you'd like the answer to!