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Save the Date Etiquette

Save the date cards are a perfect way to ensure your guests have your special day marked on their calendars. Just remember that there are rules that should be followed to show courtesy towards your guests.


Save the dates are not necessities but they have become increasingly more popular with destination weddings, three-day wedding weekends and weddings around holidays. Even though they are not something that is necessary for all weddings, they do offer a nice courtesy to guests, especially those that must travel. They also increase the chances of your guests being able to attend and share in your wedding day.


The general rule of thumb is to send out the save the dates at least six months in advance. If you are having a destination wedding, then it is recommended that you send them as soon as you have all of the necessary information gathered. Giving more time will ensure that your out-of-town guests or guests attending a destination wedding are able to arrange travel, hotel and time off from work.


You want to make sure that you include all of the right information on your save the dates. Be sure to note your names, date of the wedding and the city or town with the state of where the wedding will be held. You should also include your venue if you have already selected it. Having the location and time of day included can help guests who will need to make hotel reservations and travel plans. Some couples also like to include information on airlines, car rentals and hotels.


Be sure to make it clear that a wedding invitation is to follow, by indicating it at the bottom of the card. This also means that you will need to send this to all guests you plan to invite to the wedding, so have your guest list in place beforehand.


Now all you have to do is pick what type of save the date you would like to use. Advantage Bridal has everything from personalized mints and save the date cookies, to pens and save the date magnets.