Save the Date Wording & Addressing

    Sending save the dates to your potential wedding guests will provide the information they need to determine whether or not they can attend. In addition, these cards are easy to create, allowing you to send them out as soon as you confirm the date and location of your big day. While save the date wording is fairly straightforward, there is simple etiquette to follow as you write them and address your envelopes.

    Keep it short.

    Your save the dates should be to-the-point cards that answer the who, where, and when of your wedding (we already know the why!) If you have a wedding website, include the link for those that would like to dive into the specifics ASAP.


    Consider what actions you want the save-the-date to prompt.

    When guests receive your card, the actions you likely want them to take include confirming they’re available on your wedding date, inserting your wedding info into their calendar, and beginning to consider what they need to do to prep for the celebration. So, make sure the information on your cards will be a catalyst for these activities.


    Let recipients know an invitation will follow.

    Ensure guests don’t confuse the save-the-date for your official invite by making a note at the bottom of the card that the invitation will follow.


    Optional extras.

    Beyond the wedding website, you can add other extras such as an engagement photo, poem, favorite quote or other features that expresses your personality. However, resist the temptation to add too much, as this can clutter the card.


    Traditional Examples

    Please save the date

    to celebrate the marriage of

    George Miller and Kelly Brown

    September 20, 2019

    Austin, Texas

    Formal invitation will follow


    Save the Date

    Brady Jones and Lizzy Wilson

    request your presence at their wedding

    on Saturday, June Twenty-Sixth

    Two Thousand Nineteen

    At the Plaza Hotel in New York, New York

    Formal invitation to come



    Informal Examples

    Save the date because…

    Holly Smith and Connor Williams

    are getting married in San Francisco!

    May 25, 2019

    Formal invitation to follow


    Save the Date!

    Yvonne and Neal are getting hitched

    in Miami, Florida

    May 25, 2019

    Invitation to follow



    Modern Examples

    It’s finally happening!

    Josh and Kyle are taking the plunge.

    Save the date: 9.18.18

    San Diego, California

    Keep an eye out for your formal invitation



    Dan proposed…

    Elizabeth said yes!

    Join us on November 30, 2018

    as we tie the knot

    in Portland, Oregon

    Invitation to follow



    Address Examples


    Formal Wording:

    Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Lewis

    555 Cedar Avenue

    Buda, TX 78734


    Informal Wording:

    Sam and Cathy Lewis

    555 Cedar Avenue

    Buda, TX 78734

    More Save-the-Date Tips:

    Essential Etiquette for Online Save-the-Dates

    11 Save-the-Date Ideas You’ll Want to Order Now

    Your Wedding Guest Communication Guide: Save-the-dates and More

    Save-the-Date Etiquette


    Bailey Gaddis is a travel writer and author of Feng Shui Mommy: Creating Balance and Harmony for Blissful Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Motherhood. In addition, she works as a childbirth preparation educator and birth doula who supports mothers-to-be and new mothers. She is also a regular contributor to media outlets including Disney’s Babble, Working Mother, Pregnancy & Newborn, Huffington Post, Cosmopolitan, Redbook, and Woman’s Day. In addition to her childbirth-prep work, she volunteers for families in need of postpartum support. She lives in Ojai, California.

    You can find Bailey on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!



    Bailey Gaddis

    Bailey Gaddis is a travel writer at and author of Feng Shui Mommy: Creating Balance and Harmony for Blissful Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Motherhood. She is also a regular contributor to media outlets including Huffington Post, Flight Network, TRVL, Disney’s Babble, Working Mother, Pregnancy & Newborn, Cosmopolitan, Redbook, Woman’s Day, and others. She lives in Ojai, California with her husband and son. You can find Bailey on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube!




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