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The How-To Lounge: Save the Date Etiquette

You're engaged, and no doubt exploding with happiness, so what to do next? You got it, plan, plan, and plan!! As much as you want to shout your good news from the rooftops, sending your friends and family a save the date might be an easier way to spread the good word. After you choose the date and book the location, you're ready to have all your guests mark their calendars so they can join you on your special day. While there is no right or wrong way to send a save the date, I am here to offer some advice.


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  • Regardless of the size of your wedding, you want all your friends and family to attend, so sending a save the date will give all your guests ample time to mark their calendars
  • Make certain you will not be adjusting your guest list before sending out your save the date as every person who receives one will be expecting a wedding invitation to follow
  • Save the dates should be sent out 6-12 months prior to your wedding day, obviously the sooner the better

  • While many people like their save the dates to match their wedding invitations, that is by no means a rule set in stone
  • Save the dates are not meant to be formal, so use your imagination and show your personality. Save the dates typically state the name of the bride and groom, the date, time and location
  • Save the dates for a destination wedding should be much more informational. Since your guests will be traveling, it is best to include the following information: hotel and airline information including phone numbers and any special rates or packages if applicable, rental car companies, a schedule of events and the location of your wedding site

Sending the save the date is the first step to wedded bliss, so get excited! I hope these tips were helpful, and remember to stay tuned this week for everything engagement!

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