Hi Little Miss Engaged! You’ve set a date! You’ve booked the venue! What’s next? Save the dates, of course!

One of the first save the date decisions you’ll have to make? Selecting what wording to use. Not an expert on the ins and outs of wedding stationery etiquette? Don’t fret, that’s where we come in.

12 Save the Date Wording Options for Weddings

We are first and foremost lovers of love, oglers of beauty, and sippers of good coffee, but we are also sticklers for punctuation, stalwarts for manners and the wordsmiths of the wedding set. We have over six years of experience as etiquette aficionados and top-notch designers in the wedding stationery industry and we are here to help.

We believe in knowing the rules and when to break them and we’re convinced that good manners never go out of style, kind of like a great LBD. Ready for a quick primer on save the dates and all the best examples of what to include, what not to include, and how to make your save the dates perfectly you? We've created the perfect guide above with plaintext versions at the end of this post for easy copying and pasting. Read on!

DO INCLUDE

Save the dates are a way to let your guests know you will be getting married and to give them a little lead time to keep your wedding date free on their calendars. This is a place to share the basics, not every detail of your day. So what should absolutely be included? Save the dates MUST have:

  • your and your fiancé’s names (of course!)
  • the wedding date
  • the city and state where you will be tying the knot
  • a notation letting guests know that a formal invitation will follow

We also recommend you include your wedding website url here, if you have one! Your wedding website can convey a lot of information to your guests during the months leading up to your wedding, which is especially useful to guests that might be traveling to attend. The wedding website address should never, ever, ever be printed on your wedding invite, so this is the best place to share it.

DON'T INCLUDE

Save the dates are meant to convey the essential information about your upcoming nuptials.  This means that unless you are planning a destination wedding, save the nitty gritty for your invitation suite. Here is what you should not include on your save the dates:

  • your venue name
  • the ceremony or reception time
  • registry information

Your registry information should appear in one place, and one place only: your wedding website. Never on your save the date, never on your wedding invitation. One of the biggest wording faux pas you can make is to add this information to the stationery you mail to your guests. And trust us, this isn’t one of those rules meant to be broken.

HOW TO WORD YOUR SAVE THE DATES

Now that you have a general idea of what information should be included on your save the date and what shouldn’t, it’s time to browse different ways of presenting those details and infusing a little personality into your wording!

We included our favorite four wording variations in the infographic above, but we’ve also listed the full set of 12 as plaintext versions here to make for easy copying and pasting.

FORMAL WORDING No. 1

Please save the date
for the wedding of
{Bride’s Name}
to
{Groom’s Name}
September 26, 2020
San Francisco, California
Formal invitation to follow

FORMAL WORDING No. 2

Please save the date of
Saturday, the ninth of September
two thousand twenty
for the wedding of

{Bride’s Name}
and
{Groom’s Name}
San Francisco, California
Formal invitation to follow

FORMAL WORDING No. 3

Please save the date
of 
September 26, 2020
{Bride’s Name}
and
{Groom’s Name}
are getting married
in San Francisco, California
Formal invitation to follow

FORMAL WORDING No. 4

Please save the date
to celebrate the marriage uniting
{Bride’s Name}
and
{Groom’s Name}
September 26, 2020
San Francisco, California
Formal invitation to follow

FORMAL WORDING No. 5

Kindly save the date
of September 26, 2020
{Bride’s Name}

and
{Groom’s Name}
will be united in Holy Matrimony
in San Francisco, California
Formal invitation to follow

FORMAL WORDING No. 6

Please save the date
for the marriage celebration of
{Bride’s Name}

and
{Groom’s Name}
September 26, 2020
San Francisco, California
Formal invitation to follow

CASUAL WORDING No. 1

Please save the date
to share in the joy of
{Bride’s Name}

and
{Groom’s Name}
at their marriage
on September 26, 2020
in San Francisco, California
Invitation to follow

CASUAL WORDING No. 2

Please save the date!
9.26.2020
{Bride’s Name}
and
{Groom’s Name}
are tying the knot!
San Francisco, California
Invitation to follow

CASUAL WORDING No. 3

Please save the date
for the marriage celebration of
{Bride’s Name}
and
{Groom’s Name}
on September 26, 2020
in San Francisco, California
Invitation to follow

CASUAL WORDING No. 4

{Groom’s Name} proposed!
{Bride's Name} said yes!
Join us on September 26, 2020
as we say "I do!"
San Francisco, California
Invitation to follow

CASUAL WORDING No. 5

Beautiful Bride. Handsome Groom.
Drinks, bites and bad dance moves.
You in or what?
{Bride's Name + Groom's Name}
September 26, 2020
San Francisco, California
Invitation to follow

CASUAL WORDING No. 6

Save this date!
September 26, 2020
{Bride's Name}
and
{Groom's Name}
are getting hitched!
San Francisco, California
Invitation to follow



WHEN TO SEND YOUR SAVE THE DATES 

Your save the dates are perfectly worded and look lovely, now when to send them?

Typically, you should mail save the dates between six and eight months prior to your wedding. Having a destination affair? We recommend allowing a little extra time for your guests to make travel plans and budget for extra expenses, so 8-12 months is a better range.

COMMENTS & QUESTIONS

We hope this guide makes wording your save the date easy, quick and fun! Have other questions we didn't touch on? Let us know in the comments and we will be happy to assist you!

xox, A​

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