How to Word Your Save-the-Dates

You may not have much room for words on your wedding save-the-date. Here's how to keep it simple.
Purple, white, and gold save-the-date
Photo by Tim Willoughby

Your wedding save-the-date wording doesn't have to be anything exceptionally formal. Something like "Save the Date: [bride's and groom's names] are tying the knot on [your wedding date] in [the city where you'll marry]" is sufficient. This way, guests know what to expect, and they'll get in touch with you if they have questions. Some people include a short poem or a favorite quote if there's room. This is the time to be less formal, so feel free to get creative. Just make sure that everyone who gets this card will definitely be on your final wedding guest list: Once you tell someone to save your wedding date, there's no turning back. Be sure to include "Formal invitation to follow" at the bottom of your save-the-date card and guests will know there's more to come. Here are a few examples of how people announce their wedding:

  • Formal Notice
    Jack and Jill
    are getting married on
    July 5, 2015
    San Francisco, California
    Formal invitation to follow
  • Fun & Flirty
    He proposed ... she said "Yes!"
    Jack + Jill
    will tie the knot
    July 5, 2015
    Chicago, Illinois
    Formal invitation to follow
  • Totally Carefree
    We're taking the plunge!
    Hope you'll be there to celebrate our flight.
    Jack & Jill
    say "I Do"
    July 5, 2015
    Nantucket Island
    Formal invitation to follow

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