Save the dates (also called STDs or Save the Date cards) are cards sent to potential wedding guests ahead of formal invitations. Their purpose is literally to ask guests to "save the wedding date" and not book another event on that date.
Save the dates are usually sent out six months to a year before the wedding. They are especially important for a destination wedding, a wedding with a large number of out-of-town guests, or a wedding around a holiday. Save the Dates provide guests sufficient time to make travel arrangements, and may even include information about the nearest airports and hotel blocks.
It is proper etiquette that anyone receiving a Save The Date will also receive a formal invitation.
The following information should be included on Save the Date cards:
- First and Last Names of couple
- Wedding date
- Hotel information
- Wedding website
- Nearest airports
- Additional wedding weekend activities, such as other parties or brunches
- A card containing stickers for guests to put on their calendar indicating your wedding date
- Boarding pass tickets or passports for destination weddings
- Electronic save the date
- Mini calendar with wedding date circled
- Photo strip with the couple holding different signs in each of the four pictures (e.g. Save, The, Date, March 17, 2007)
- Message in a bottle for destination weddings
- A bookmark of pictures of the two of you
- A memorabilia of your destination, a shell/starfish/miniature something as a teaser for what's to come at your destination wedding
- DIY luggage tags of the destination wedding
- Your STD information on a mini-CD
- Include your wedding website on your Save the date. Guests can continue to stay updated with your plans and travel information this way.
- Save the dates do not need to include much more than Who, What, Where, and When. Sending out too much information will resemble an invitation, and may confuse guests who are not familiar with "Save the Dates."
- Be sure of your guest list when sending out Save the dates. Under no circumstances can you send a Save the date to a person and then not send them an invitation.
- Give guests a taste of "what's to come" by designing your STD to match the mood, season, or theme of your wedding. For example, if you're having a beach wedding, you could incorporate starfish or shells into your STD design.
- Doing Save the dates is a great way to get your mailing list organized prior to the invitations.
- Postcards are a great way to do Save the dates because you can save on postage. However, one downside to this approach is that there is no return address on a postcard, and so if you get a guest's mailing address wrong on it, you won't know unless they are watching for it in their mailbox. You can write a return address on a post card or use a label in the top left corner.
Weddingbees' Save the Dates
- Saving the Environment and the Date San Francisco Style by Miss Peep Toe
- Hey! We're Getting Married! by Miss Powder Puff
- Adventures in Embossing by Miss Snapdragon
- Save The Date: How To by Miss Fondue
- Save the Date by Mrs. Ballet Flat
- Oh, Oh, Oh, It’s Magic… by Mrs. Meatball
- Passport Save the Dates by Mrs. Sushi
- STD: The Good Kind by Miss Blush
- We Just Can’t Wait, Please Save the Date! by Mrs. Champagne
- Will You… Save the Date? by Mrs. Dumpling
- The Cheapest Save the Dates Ever! by Miss Fondue
- The Poms’ Save the Dates by Mrs. Pomegranate
- For The Love Of All Things Paper, Will You Please Save The Date? by Mrs. Cupcake
- Save Our Date! by Mrs. Sundae
- No Backing Out Now... by Mrs. Canary
- Wedding Procrastinator Extraordinaire by Mrs. Chickadee
- DIY Save The Dates by Mrs. Chickadee
- STD's For Everyone111oneone by Mrs. Bubblegum
- Please Save The Date by Mrs. Jasmine
- Electronic Save-The-Dates For Dummies by Mrs. Daffodil
- Spread The Emails... by Mrs. Flamingo
- Save The Dates by Mrs. Gardenia
- Saving The Date Lego Style by Mrs. Toucan
- Sneak Peek by Mrs. Magnolia
- Save The Date (For Printing Envelopes) by Mrs. Petunia
- Save-The-Dates by Mrs. Peony
- DIY Project Even I Can Tackle! by Mrs. Gummi Bear
- Paper, Papier, Papery, Papel... by Mrs. Jelly Beans
- STD's Via Email? by Mrs. Eggplant
- Save The Dates by Mrs. Corn
- Some STD's Are Good... by Mrs. Emerald
- Save The Date Cards and Magnets by Mrs. Snow Pea
- Our Save The Dates by Mrs. Violet
- Leafy Save The Dates by Mrs. Kiwi
- Something For The Fridge by Mrs. Lemon
- Gocco Invites And STD's by Guest
- Vista Print Save The Date by Mrs. Hibiscus
- E-Save-The-Dates by Mrs. Lime
- Attention, All You Creative Little Bees! by Miss Strawberry
- Save The Dates Are Mailed by Miss Plum
- Save The Dates by Miss Raspberry
- The Dates are Saved, Man* by Miss Sweet Tea
- Save the Date! by Miss Lemonade
- Save the Date: Putting it All Together by Miss Lemonade
- Magnetic STDs by Miss Pinot Noir
- It’s Going To Happen, Really by Miss Avocado
- My First DIY Attempt, I’m Still Alive. by Miss Martini