Wedding Save the Date Cards

In many cases, one of the first wedding planning tasks is sending out save the date cards. The purpose of save the date cards is to allow guests ample time to make the necessary travel arrangements to attend your wedding.

The Basics

Save the date cards aren't required in every case, but are strongly recommended if you're having a destination wedding or planning to get married over a holiday weekend. Keep in mind that many people require advance notice to be able to take time off work and save for wedding-related expenses.

Save the date cards should be sent six months before the wedding. If you wait too long to send out the cards, the benefit becomes minimal compared to the time and expense involved. Save the date cards don't have to be sent to everyone. Only close friends and family that you really want to be present for your big day should receive a save the date.

Your save the date cards should include your names, the date of the wedding, the location, and the address of your wedding website. Do not include registry information or requests for RSVPs.

To avoid confusion, make sure your wedding save the date cards are clearly addressed. Write the names of every intended guest on the envelope, including the children. If you're planning a destination wedding and not inviting children to the ceremony, keep in mind that arranging for childcare on behalf of your guests is considered courteous.

DIY Save the Date Cards

Printable save the date cards are a budget-friendly way to start the process of planning your wedding. The Printable Wedding has several printable save the date cards to choose from, with both vintage and contemporary designs. Many of the options also have coordinating wedding invitations, programs, and/or thank you cards to allow you to effortlessly create a cohesive look for your wedding stationery.

To use one of the templates, simply click on the teal "Personalize Now" button on the upper right hand side of the page. Add the necessary details, save, and download a PDF file for printing. Print on heavyweight cardstock using the highest possible quality settings your printer will allow.

Most designs are intended to print on 8 ½" x 11" cardstock, four to a sheet. If you don't already have one, consider investing in a paper trimmer to make it easier to trim the cards down to the desired size.

Creative Save the Date ideas

Save the date cards don't need to be fancy, but some couples like to get creative and turn the cards into a souvenir.

  • Add a funny photo, such as a picture of the two of you "jumping for joy" at the prospect of getting hitched or making silly faces while holding up a sign with the date of your wedding.
  • Turn the card into a magnet that can be clearly posted on the recipient's refrigerator.
  • Include a personalized pencil with your names, the wedding date, and the phrase "Pencil Us In."
  • Include a calendar for the month of your wedding, with a small heart drawn around the date.
  • Have one of your engagement photos turned into a tiny sticker. Include stickers with each card so guests have an easy way to mark their calendars.
  • Add a small amount of confetti in the envelope for a whimsical touch.
  • Turn your save the date card into a bookmark, complete with a pretty tassel made from embroidery floss.
  • If you're having a destination wedding, send out postcards featuring a scenic photo from the location to get guests in the mood for fun.

Adding a Personal Touch to Your Wedding

Making your own customized save the date cards can be a lovely way to add a personal touch to your wedding. Printable save the date cards are easy to create, and provide a great "trial run" to help you prepare for the task of creating your wedding invitations.

Written by: The Printable Wedding Team