Ruby Wedding Invitation - Modern Pink Magenta Floral Vellum Design with a Wax Seal

You’ve set a date for your wedding. It’s an exciting milestone. Now that you have your date, you can start telling your loved ones to save the date. 

With the exciting moment of securing a date in the diary for your big day comes the question of whether you need to send save-the-date cards or formal wedding invitations? Or maybe you need to send both?

As with every wedding decision, you have the final say on what goes. After all, it’s your big day!

To work out if save-the-dates, formal invitations, or both should be part of your wedding stationery, we’ve put together this article. Keep reading to learn the difference between save-the-dates vs wedding invitations, when you might want to send them, and what belongs in each.

 

Save-The-Dates vs Wedding Invitations

Ruby Wedding Invitation - Modern Pink Magenta Floral Vellum Design with a Wax Seal

Ruby Wedding Invitation – Modern Pink Magenta Floral Vellum Design with a Wax Seal

 

While they might seem very similar, save-the-dates and wedding invitations both serve different purposes. The biggest difference between the two is how much information they offer your guests.

A save-the-date acts as an official announcement of your chosen wedding date. It’s a gentle nudge for guests to (quite literally) save the date in their diary so they don’t make any other plans. The save-the-date might include the location if you’ve locked down your wedding venue. If not, you can save the grand reveal for the formal wedding invitation.

The wedding invitation, on the other hand, is where you can reveal more details about your big day. Your wedding invitations will remind people of the date and location, including the exact venue. They will also share any extra details you wish to share such as the order of service, the dress code, and wedding website. Plus, wedding invitations typically come with additional cards such as RSVP cards to make it easy for guests to tell you anything you need to know.

In short, save-the-dates are the prequel to a wedding invitation. They remind people to keep the date free, letting them know they have been invited to celebrate your wedding invite. Then, the formal wedding invitations will follow in due course to give them all the details about your big day.

 

Save-The-Dates

Phoebe Save The Date - Vellum Modern Pink Floral Design With Eyelet

Phoebe Save The Date – Vellum Modern Pink Floral Design With Eyelet

 

Our Phoebe Vellum save the date is perfect for fresh spring or summer weddings

 

What To Say On Your Save-The-Dates

Save The Date Wedding Stationery - Citrus Lemon & Green Design

Save The Date Wedding Stationery – Citrus Lemon & Green Design

 

Your save-the-dates will contain minimal information compared to your formal invitations. While they may be of few words, they still hold great importance to your big day.

There are two must-have pieces of information you should include on your save-the-date. This is the name of the couple getting married and the date.

We know it sounds obvious but missing your names off your wedding stationery can be an easy mistake to make. Thankfully, our save-the-date designs and order process will help keep such mishaps at bay.

When naming the couple to be married (which is you and your spouse-to-be), you can opt to share just your first names, first and last names, or your soon-to-be shared surname as newlyweds. Whatever you choose, make sure your recipients will know it’s for you.

As for your wedding date, make sure this is nice and clear on your save-the-date. Our calendar save-the-date designs are a lovely way to show the date… and serve as a nice reminder for guests to pop the date in their diary.

If you know your wedding venue or location, you may want to add this to your save-the-date too. Other than that, no other information is needed at this stage.

 

When To Send Your Save-The-Date

Nature Inspired Save The Date Design

Nature Inspired Save The Date Design

 

Save-the-dates are traditionally sent by mail. While there’s no exact rule for when you should send save-the-dates to your wedding guests, it’s always best to send them as soon as possible. The earlier you send your save-the-dates, the earlier your wedding guests can keep the date free.

We recommend sending out save-the-dates as soon as you’ve locked down your wedding date. Ideally, this will be between six to twelve months before the big day. That way you can make sure your guests have plenty of time to book the day off and start making any arrangements they might need to… from choosing their wedding outfit to sorting travel or arranging childcare (if it’s a child-free wedding).

 

Wedding Invitations

Sophia Wedding Invitation - Vellum Wrap, Foil Lettering Invitation with a Wax Seal & Belly Band

Sophia Wedding Invitation – Vellum Wrap, Foil Lettering Invitation with a Wax Seal & Belly Band

 

The Sophia foil invitations with vellum and a wax seal add a touch of luxury to your wedding

 

What To Say On Your Wedding Invitations

Beautiful Blush Pink Floral Wedding Invitation Design

Beautiful Blush Pink Floral Wedding Invitation Design

After you’ve locked down the date and wedding arrangements are firmly underway, you can start making plans to send out formal invitations.

Your wedding invitations will contain lots more information than the save-the-dates — this is the exciting part where you get to reveal the more intricate details of your special day.

At the very least, your wedding invitations should tell people the time, date, and address — along with your names, of course!

Remind people of your chosen date for the wedding and let them know the venue it will be held at. If your wedding will be held at more than one location, your wedding invite is a good chance to tell people where they will need to be and at what times. Not all weddings start at the same time so make sure you also let people know the start time for your ceremony. Including an order of service can be especially helpful here.

Your wedding invitation offers a chance to share the finer details of your day. When sending out your wedding invitations, you may want to include a note about the preferred attire for wedding guests, whether children are allowed, or if the guest is invited to the full day or the evening party only.

You can also include slip cards for wedding guests to get back to you with their RSVP, accommodation options for overnight guests, or a note on gifts.

 

When To Send Your Wedding Invitations

Jasmine floral vellum sage green wedding invitation

Jasmine floral vellum sage green wedding invitation

How soon you send your wedding invitations will depend on how organised you are. The earlier you send wedding invites to your guests, the earlier they can make arrangements for the big day.

How soon you send your wedding invitations can depend on several factors such as whether you sent out save-the-dates, if you are getting married during peak wedding season, and the size of your guest list.

Sending your wedding invites out three to six months before your special day gives them plenty of time to RSVP. This can also take some stress out of wedding planning by giving you time to collect guest information, make table arrangements, and share food choices with your caterers.

Every wedding is different so do what feels right for you. But keep in mind that 3-6 months is a good time to be sending out your formal invites.

 

Remember…

Putting together the perfect wedding stationery is part of the excitement building up to your special day. When deciding on what save-the-dates and wedding invites to send out, remember to think about how your chosen stationery ties in with your wedding theme.

Match your wedding stationery to your planned wedding theme to give guests a taste of what you expect on the big day. From lace and ivory invites for traditional weddings to rustic invites to suit barn weddings, have fun matching your stationery to your wedding theme.