Save the date wording – what to write and how to write it

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So, you’re getting married? Congratulations! Now it’s time to get organized – and one of the first steps is to let your invitees know when you and your partner are tying the knot. However, there are a few things to consider when putting together your save the date cards.

Whether you’re having an intimate backyard celebration or elaborate destination wedding, read on for our tips on what to include on your save the dates – along with some wording examples you can use.

Save the date etiquette

Save the dates are the first piece of wedding stationery that you’ll send out, usually around 6-8 months before the big day. If most of your guests are local, you don’t need to give as much notice. But if you’re expecting a lot of people to travel, or hosting a destination wedding, send your save the dates on the earlier side.

Proper etiquette also dictates that you should always include the note “Invitation to follow” to make sure people know that more details will be on their way soon.

Information you need to include

Your save the dates are not official invites, so you only need to include the information that people will need in advance – this should be fairly minimal. You should include:

  1. Your date. It might seem obvious, but include the full date – for example, Friday, September 16, 2023 or 10/16/2023.
  2. The venue location. Include the name of the venue, if you already have one booked, or just note the city or town where festivities will take place.
  3. Your wedding website. Want to include details that won’t fit on your save the date? Direct invitees to your wedding website for more information.

Things you don’t need to include: dress code, timelines of the day or registry information. Save these details for the official invitation when you send it, and don’t forget to add them to your website.

Now that you know what to include on your save the date, here are a few more things to think about before you start writing your message.

  • Firstly, how many dates do your invitees need to save? Is it a full day, an evening or a whole weekend?
  • Secondly, think about how you address your save the dates. If you know a guest well, do you know who they’ll bring as a plus one? If so, it’s polite to address the save the date to both people by name. If you’re not sure, then make it clear if a plus one is included or not.
  • Lastly, consider whether you need RSVPs. Usually this isn’t needed for save the dates, but if you’re on a tight budget or have a venue with limited capacity, then you could include a note like “We’d love to have you but if you know now that you won’t be able to come, please let us know.” This way, you’ll know ahead of time and won’t need to worry about RSVPs coming in late.

Once you have the information you need, it’s time to get personal with your save the date message! Depending on what kind of wedding you’re planning, you could make it traditional or informal, simple or funny. Here, get inspired with tips for writing every kind of save the date – and find some save the date wording examples, too.

Destination weddings

If you’re planning a destination wedding, it’s wise to include a little extra information on your save the date – maybe the name of the nearest airport, how to get to the destination or some hotel info. This gives people a chance to organize themselves and book any flights or hotels in advance. Destination weddings also allow you the opportunity to add some excitement for travel, for example “Come fly with us!”

Save the Weekend!

July 23-25, 2022

Emma and Alex

are getting married

Costa del Sol, Spain

Please see further wedding details at


Love is in the air…

or it will be when we travel to Tahiti for our

Destination Wedding


Save the Date

Love, Sam and Jo

Invite to follow soon!

Fly with us…

as we journey to Italy for our

Destination Wedding


Laura Sterne and Michael Stone

Formal invitation to follow!

VistaPrint Tip

Want to include travel details but don’t want your save the date to look cluttered? Print all that information on a separate enclosure card.

Intimate wedding settings

For an intimate setting, you may want to add an RSVP to your save the date to help with your planning. A smaller group of people also means that you can be more informal with your wording, too. For example, a simple “Save our date” sounds a little more personal than “Save the date for the wedding of…”

We’re tying the knot!

Save Our Date


Jenna and William

Ann Arbor, Michigan

(in Jenna’s parents’ backyard!)

Invite will follow soon

See more details at


Rescheduled weddings

If your wedding was postponed, then you’ll likely be sending a new save the date to the same set of people. Make it clear that this is a new save the date so it’s not confused with an older one. You can simply add “New date” or “Rescheduled.” If you’re in good humor about the rescheduling, then you can inject some of that humor into your wording, for example “save the date – again!” or “This time we mean it.”

Let’s try this one more time…

Save the Date (Again!)

September 3, 2022

James and William

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Invite will follow soon

See more details at


Informal weddings

If your wedding is more low-key in style, then funny or unique save the date wording could be a great option to set the tone for the event. “Yes, we finally did it…” or “There will be wine!” will bring a smile and help guests get excited for the upcoming wedding day.

He asked and she said “Yes!”

Zoey and Josh


Taos, New Mexico

Invitation to follow

A match made in heaven

Suzanne and John are

getting hitched

Save the Date


Orlando, Florida

Formal invite to follow

Food, drinks, music. Need we say more?

Save the Date

Samie and Joey


Margate Beach Front

Invite to follow soon


Save Our Date!

Tina and Samantha are

Getting Married (Finally!)


Boston, Massachusetts

Formal Invite to Come!

Formal save the date wording examples

If you’re having a formal or more traditional wedding, keep your save the date wording clean and classic.

Save the Date

for the wedding of

Jane Elizabeth Smith


John Paul Jones

Saturday, the twelfth of June

Two thousand and twenty-two

Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Formal invitation to follow

Catherine O’Connor


William Donovan

Will be married

14 June, 2022

Brooklyn, New York

Formal invitation to follow

The Eleventh of November


Please save the date

for the wedding of

Suzanne Lees and Maria Waterstone

Formal invitation to follow

More save the date wording examples

Save the Date

Joe and Andrew

are getting married!

4 September, 2022

Oakland, California

Formal invitation to follow

A date to remember

Willow Lorn and Reese Robinson

are getting married

25 August, 2022

Our house, Portland

Save the Date

Invitation to follow

Mark your calendars

We’re getting married!

Save the date for

Robin and Sam


Orlando, Florida

Invitation arriving soon

Please see further wedding details at


Please save the date

to celebrate the wedding of

Sarah Cartwright


Anna Barnes

20 August, 2022

Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Formal invitation to follow