wedding save the date rules

Save the date announcements serve as a pre wedding invitation and allow your guests to make sure they keep their calendar clear for your big day! Though they sound simple and straightforward there are some wedding save the date rules and etiquette that should be followed.

Wedding Save The Date RulesImage by Rayna McGinnis Photography. Find out more ways to use succulents in your wedding here

First of all – if your engagement is really short, you may want to skip the save the dates altogether and go straight to the formal wedding invitations however if you’re engagement is a typical length and especially if you’re having a destination wedding or a multi-day event save the dates are really important!

Generally, you want to send the save the dates between 6 to 8 months before the wedding and don’t send them to early! Sending them too early means some people might set it aside and forget about it, and it gives you two the time needed to really refine and define your guest list. Once you send the save the date, you can’t take it back. A formal wedding invitation should follow.

Wedding Save The Date RulesShot by elovephotos. See more from this cranberry themed wedding here

While on the topic of guest list, make sure that you are really clear about who is invited when you send your save the dates. If it’s a no kids wedding, be sure to include that so friends and family with kids have plenty of time to find childcare.

When it comes to deciding on paper or electronic save the dates, we vote for both! Why? Paper save the dates serve as a keepsake especially for older generations, and paper save the date announcements won’t end up in an email spam folder. So why not send both?

Wedding Save The Date RulesVia Andre Sonnekus Photography. See more from this Steampunk wedding here.

One thing you definitely shouldn’t do with your save the date is include your registry. It’s considered bad taste! Save your registry for your wedding website or for an insert in your formal invitations.

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