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You’ve set the date. Congrats! Now – what’s the first thing you should do (after you tell your Mom and your bestie, of course)? Send save the date cards to make sure guests get your wedding date on their calendars before anyone else’s.

Every wedding – no matter how small, big, formal or casual – should have a save the date card announcing it. First, because everybody is so busy these days, and they need to make plans for special celebrations way ahead of time. Second, because it’ll get guests excited about your big day!

Save the date cards are especially important to send when you’re planning a destination wedding. Letting guests know the date and the details well ahead of the wedding will give them plenty of time to get time off work, make travel plans and to get reservations for hotel rooms, etc.

What do you share on the save the date cards? As much as you can without making them too overwhelming. Here are the musts:

  • your names
  • the wedding date
  • the wedding location
  • a mention that a formal invitation will follow

Options to include on your save the date wording:

  • a fun line of welcome wording if it’s not included in the save the date design
  • an engagement shot on a photo save the date
  • your (or your Mom’s or the host’s) phone number or email if anyone has questions
  • a link to your wedding website for more information*

*Yes, your wedding website. Yes, you need one. And you need one up and ready when you send those save the date cards. It will be the information hub for all your wedding details. It will be especially helpful to post tips for destination weddings, like suggestions for flights and accommodation reservations.

Now – get ready to hear how excited guests are to get their invitations!