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FAQ's: Save the Date Etiquette

Do I have to send a Save the Date to everyone on my guest list?
No. Save the Dates are not necessary in all situations. They are especially useful for destination weddings or events taking place during busy holiday weekends so guests have ample time to make travel arrangements, etc. If you wish, you can send Save the Dates only to those guests that you know will be traveling or need advance notice.

When should save the dates be sent?
When asking guests to travel long distances, take time off work, or give up holiday weekends, the sooner you let them know the better. They should be sent no later than four months prior to the date of the event, and in many cases Save the Dates are sent an entire year in advance.

Do my Save the Dates have to match my invitations?
Absolutely not! There aren't many "rules" when it comes to sending Save the Dates since it's a fairly recent trend, and the design and wording is entirely up to you. Get creative and let your imagination run wild!

I'm having a destination wedding but don't know the details yet. How much information do I need to provide on my Save the Dates?

Give your guests as much help as possible. We recommend getting the following to them in your Save the Dates:

Name of the bride and groom
Date of the event

*Make sure to include a line at the bottom of your Save the Date that says "Invitation to follow" to assure your guests that more details will be coming soon

Some additional information that will get your guests excited and help them in their travel planning includes:

Hotels in the area
Local attractions
Airlines and Airport info
Car rental or transportation info
Your wedding website address

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