Save the Date Wording & Etiquette

February 8, 2023

Save the Dates are a great way to establish the mood for your wedding day. It’s understandable to feel the weight of making it just perfect. Allow us to be your guide in mastering Save the Date wording etiquette.

Include These in Your Save the Dates

When sending out Save the Dates, keep them simple! You want to give your guests enough time to plan and make arrangements to attend, so it’s best to send them out 8 to 12 months prior to your wedding. All that is necessary are the most essential details!

Be sure to include:

  • Your names
  • The wedding date
  • The location (city and state)
  • Wedding website
  • Invitation to Follow

Invitation to Follow

Ensure your Save the Date informs your guests that they should look out for your formal wedding invitation. Let them know that they can anticipate your invitation in the upcoming months with “Invitation to follow” at the bottom of your event details.

Don’t Include These in Your Save the Dates

Brides should remember that when it comes to providing guests with information, simplicity is key. It is especially important to refrain from sharing too many details if the wedding is happening far into the future, as some of the specifics may end up changing.

Don’t include:

  • Your venue
  • Hotels and accommodations
  • Ceremony and reception start times
  • Dress codes
  • RSVP requests
  • Registry information

A Note For Destination Weddings

Destination and multi-day weddings are often the exceptions to the rule. For destination weddings, be sure to book a hotel block, suggest clothing, and provide as much detail as possible for your guests in your Save the Dates.

How to Word Your Save the Dates

As you prepare your Save the Date wording, it’s a chance to be festive! Feel free to let your personalities shine through, as long as all the relevant details are included. Traditional couples might opt for classic and formal wording, while more casual types could use something minimalist and modern. Consider including a photo from your engagement photo shoot for a personal touch.

Save the Date Styles and Examples


For a more traditional Save the Date, opt for an elegant design with a calligraphy script.

Please save the date for the wedding of

Monica E. Geller


Chandler M. Bing

May 17, 2025

New York, NY

Invitation to follow


Minimal, modern, and clean. Postcards with a photo from your engagement photo shoot are perfect.

Save the Date

Monica + Chandler

May 17, 2025 | New York, NY

Invitation to follow


If you are planning a destination wedding, consider taking the opportunity to create a one-of-a-kind Save the Date. You can craft a postcard that is tailored to your unique style and provides enough space to include all the important details. Let your imagination run wild to ensure a special and memorable event for your guests.

Pack your bags and Save the Date! Monica + Chandler

are getting married May 17, 2025

in Maui, Hawaii Invitation to follow