Congratulations, you’ve got engaged and set the date – before you move on to the joy of wedding planning, make sure your guest list know to reserve the special day with ‘save the date’ wedding cards. Here are a few tips to get you started:

What should you say?

Your save the date cards should include your names, the date of your wedding and the venue. By including these details, guests know when to book time off and can start making travel plans.

When should you send them?

Generally speaking, the earlier the better, but you should send your save the dates at least six to eight months before the wedding to give plenty of notice to your guests.

If you’re having a destination wedding, be sensitive to the fact that your guests may need extra planning and saving time. In these cases, aiming for a year ahead of your date is reasonable.

Who should receive one?

Once you’ve sent someone a save the date, you can’t really take it back. Therefore, you should make sure your guest list is finalised before sending them out. If you’re still undecided, only send save the dates to those you are certain you want to attend. You can always invite extras with a formal invitation later.

Beyond these basic rules, there are endless creative possibilities to make your save the dates unique and beautiful. They can be designed to be traditional and formal or quirky and fun – it’s your wedding, so let your personality shine through.