The Differences Between Save the Dates & Wedding Invitations

You're engaged! Congratulations! Let the wedding planning begin! Once you've chosen a location and a date, how do you announce to everyone your upcoming wedding? Today's blog from your favorite bridal boutique in the Palm Beaches discusses the differences between "Save the Dates" and "Wedding Invitations."

Save the Dates

A "Save the Date" is a pre-invitation that officially announces your wedding date, and lets your guests know what date to "save" on the calendar. In other words, "don't plan anything else for this day because it's my special day and I want you to be there!" As a general rule, its best to send your save the dates out around 6-8 months prior to the ceremony. If you're planning a destination wedding or something on a holiday weekend, you might want to bump that time frame up to around a year. This gives people plenty of time to ask off work and make their travel plans. Giving people plenty of notice for when your wedding will take place will increase the chance that those guests will be able to attend your big event. At this point, you may not have all the specifics of your wedding planned out, and that's okay. The save the date does not need to be super detailed. Typically, a save the date card just includes the couple's names, the date of the wedding, the location (if it's been determined) and a message that a formal invitation will follow. If you have a wedding website, you'll want to add that too.

Bonus Tip: Be sure only to send Save the Date cards to those you are sure you want on the guest list. Once it's in the mail, there's no taking it back. You can always add more people later when you send the formal invitations, but you can't uninvite someone that received a save the date.

Wedding Invitations

Your wedding invitation will provide more detailed information about the event. The actual wedding invitations should be sent out 6-8 weeks prior to the ceremony. It will include the time, the actual name and address of the venue, the name and address of the reception location (if different), info about food, info about attire, etc. All the details that one would need to know about attending your wedding will be included on the invitation, or with the invitation. You will want to include an RSVP card with the invitation so that you can get a head count of who is planning to attend your special day. Adding a self-addressed envelope for them to return it in is also a plus.

Once you've got the save the dates and wedding invitations squared away, it's time to find the wedding gown of your dreams! Book an appointment at the best bridal salon in South Florida by calling 561-793-4633. At Bridal Couture of the Palm Beaches, we offer a wide variety of bridal gowns and would love the opportunity to help you find one to fit your needs and desires for your special day!

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