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Save the Date Wording Examples & Etiquette

by Bailey Gaddis

Sending Save the Dates is an important step in wedding planning that provides your potential wedding guests with 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 to your guest list as soon as you confirm the date and location of your big day. While the wording for these cards is fairly straightforward, there is simple Save the Date etiquette to follow as you write them.

Save the Date wording etiquette

Keep it short. Your Save the Dates should be simple, 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 Dates 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 prompt these activities.

For a destination wedding, this card can also point guests in the direction of the information they need to get a head start on travel plans.

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 official invitation will follow. 

Send them at the right time. It’s ideal to send save-the-dates about six months before the wedding. For a destination wedding you want to get the cards out 10 – 12 months in advance, as people need plenty of time to plan for time off and book travel and accommodations.

Select a design that reflects the style of your wedding. As the Save the Date will be the first piece of correspondence about your wedding, be sure it emulates the general style you think you’ll opt for on the big day.

Only send to people you’re sure you want at your wedding. Save the Dates should be sent only to those you’re sure you want at your wedding. Even though these aren’t the official invites, they deliver the message that the recipients are invited.   

Proofread. Before you order or email your Save the Date cards, read over the information multiple times, and have one or two other people proofread, to help ensure nothing is misspelled, and all the information is there. When handwriting save the dates, create a template to use as a guide, and be sure all the info on that template is correct.

Consider online Save the Dates. Make the sending of Save the Dates as easy as possible by sending  digital cards. Sites like Joy allow you to send online Save the Dates for free, and provide an assortment of unique designs to choose from.

Optional extras. If you’re not into creating DIY cards, but still want to make your cards more unique, you can add extras like an engagement photo, poem, favorite quote, or other feature that expresses your personality. However, resist the temptation to add too much, as this can clutter the card.

To make the creation of your Save the Date as simple as possible, here are some wording ideas to get you started. 

Save the Date template

While most Save the Date cards provide the following information, there’s quite a bit of wiggle room with how traditional or casual you get with the wording.

Invitation to save the date

Your names (for traditional cards it’s customary to include your full names)

Date of the wedding

Location of the wedding

Wedding website link

Note that a formal invite will follow

Traditional wording examples  

example Save the Date with traditional wording
Get this Save the Date design from Joy

Please save the date

to celebrate the marriage of

George Miller and Kelly Brown

September 20, 2022

Austin, Texas

https://withjoy.com/GeorgeandKelly

Formal invitation will follow

Jamie Morrow and Samantha Cohen

Will be married

June 8, 2021

Park City, Utah

Formal invitation to follow

Save the Date

Brady Jones and Lizzy Wilson

request your presence at their wedding

on Saturday, June Twenty-Sixth

Two Thousand Twenty-One

At the Plaza Hotel in New York, New York

Formal invitation to come

Please save the date

To celebrate the union of

Jason Hernandez 

and 

Mark Smith

October 10, 2021

New York, New York

Formal invitation to follow

Save the Date

the tenth of April

two thousand twenty-one

Avery Garcia

and 

David Moore

San Francisco, CA

https://withjoy.com/AveryandDavid

Formal invitation to follow

Casual wording examples

example Save the Date with casual wording
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Save the date because…

Holly Smith and Connor Williams

are getting married in San Francisco!

May 25, 2021

https://withjoy.com/HollyandConnor

Formal invitation to follow

Save the Date!

Yvonne and Neal are getting hitched

in Miami, Florida

May 25, 2021

Invitation to follow

It’s finally happening!

Josh and Kyle are taking the plunge.

Save the date: 9.18.21

San Diego, California

Keep an eye out for your formal invitation

Dan proposed…

Elizabeth said yes!

Join us on November 30, 2021

as we tie the knot

in Portland, Oregon

Invitation to follow

Please save the date!

Jessica and Hillary are tying the knot

On January 20, 2021

in Portland, Oregon

https://withjoy.com/JessicaandHillary

Look out for your formal invite

Destination wedding Save the Date template

As save the date cards for a destination wedding will be the jumping off point for travel planning, it’s wise to let guests know where they can find key travel information. 

Tip: Amp us guests’ excitement by selecting a card design that conveys the essence of your destination. 

Invitation to save “the date,” or for many destination weddings, “the dates”

Your names

Date, or date range for the festivities

Location (you don’t have to include the venue at this point)

Wedding website link (you can make a note that this is where travel details can be found)

Note that a formal invite will follow

Destination wedding wording examples

example Save the Date with destination wedding wording
Get this Save the Date design from Joy

Save the Date for Merriment on the Beach

Robert & James

Are getting hitched!

March 15, 2021

Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa

Maui, Hawaii 

Get all the travel deets at https://withjoy.com/RobertandJames

Keep an eye out for the formal invite

Alicia & Megan’s Adventure Begins

May 24-26, 2021

Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Go here for the travel details: https://withjoy.com/AliciaandMegan

Formal invite to follow

Please join us in Colorado

For the wedding of Sarah and Liam

December 4-6, 2021

Keystone Ski Resort

Travel information at https://withjoy.com/SarahandLiam

Invite to follow

Save the Dates & Book Your Flight!

Cassie and Eric

June 25-28, 2021

Paris, France

More information at https://withjoy.com/CassieandEric

Invitation to follow

Pack your bags…

Because Jeremy and Sophia are walking down the aisle!

August 10, 2021

Jamaica 

Travel details: https://withjoy.com/JeremyandSophia

Invite to come

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