Planning Tip Tuesday: Save-The-Date

You’re officially engaged and have chosen your dream venue and date, so what’s next!? If you are planning a destination wedding, you will want to send a save-the-date to all of your guests so they can mark their calendars and appropriately plan for travel. When to send? What to include? We are listing the etiquette below:

 Photo by Dana Cubbage Weddings

Photo by Dana Cubbage Weddings

When to send save-the-dates?

With destination weddings, we recommend sending these 9-11 months out so guests have ample time to request off work and plan. The save-the-date also let’s guests know that a formal invitation will follow, so you can keep these short and to the point.

Types of save-the-dates

This is the time to be less form so you can have fun with this, it doesn’t have to match exactly to your invitation or wedding design! You can opt to go the traditional paper route and use an engagement photo, or the more casual option is a post card or magnetic design. If you don’t want to use a picture, you can also do a map of Charleston or a sketch of your venue as a preview for what guests can expect.

Who to Invite?

Only send these to the guests on your ‘A’ list because the guests who receive a save-the-date should automatically receive an invitation

What to Include

Bride + Groom names, wedding date, location (keep this more general with just city and state), wedding website URL, and ‘formal invitation to follow’

Check out Minted.com for all your save-the-date needs!