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5 Essential Elements to Personalize Your Save-the-Dates

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A wedding stationery designer with a love of coordinating envelopes, watercolor envelope liners, wax seals and classic letterpress!

Designing timeless stationery in Findlay, Ohio for romantic couples.


In the realm of wedding planning, every detail counts, from the grandest gestures to the smallest tokens of love and anticipation. And one of the first glimpses your guests will have into your wedding day? Your save-the-dates! These preliminary announcements set the tone for your upcoming celebration. As an expert in custom wedding invitation and stationery design, I know personalizing your save-the-dates is not just a matter of etiquette but an opportunity to infuse your personality and love story into every piece of your wedding journey. In this blog post, we’ll explore 5 elements you need to personalize your save-the-dates ensuring that your announcement is as unique and special as your love story!

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Why You Should Do Save-the-Dates Before Wedding Invitations

First and foremost, let’s dive into the heart of the matter: the importance of sending these cards in the first place! Sending out save-the-dates before your wedding invitations serves a dual purpose. Firstly, it signals to your loved ones that a significant celebration is on the horizon, where their presence would add to the joy and splendor of the occasion. Secondly, more practically, it allows guests, especially those coming from out of town, ample time to plan their travel, take time off work, and save money for the trip. Now, let’s jump into what you need to include!

Feeling overwhelmed by the timeline for sending out your wedding stationery? Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered! I break down everything you need to know here, making it all clear and manageable for you!

1. The Names of the Nearlyweds (That’s You!)

The first and perhaps most important element to personalize your save-the-dates is to proudly display the names of the couple-to-be-wed. I ‘can only guess that that’s you! I’m guessing that’s you! Whether you opt for formal, full names or affectionate nicknames, the choice sets the stage for your wedding’s tone. It’s your first chance to express yourselves as a unit to your family and friends, inviting them into the celebration of your union. 

2. The Date and Location of the Wedding

Next, the when and where. Alongside the date, the location of your wedding invites your guests into the setting of your love story, whether it’s a beachfront vow exchange at sunset or a cozy, candlelit ceremony in a historic mansion. Together, the date and location provide a glimpse of the ambiance your guests can anticipate, setting their expectations and excitement.


3. Additional Details the Invitee Needs to Know

While the formal invitation will follow, your save-the-dates can serve as a teaser for what’s to come. Informing guests of additional festivities, such as a rehearsal dinner, welcome party, or maybe you’re opting for a whole wedding weekend! Doing this not only helps them plan better but also builds anticipation for the celebration. A note indicating that a formal invitation will follow reassures guests that more details are on the way, allowing them to mark their calendars with eager anticipation. 

Seeking assistance with your invitations? Dive into our guide on wedding invitation wording (with helpful examples!) here.

4. Any Wedding Website Info

Creating a wedding website is not just a trend, it’s a smart strategy for couples looking to streamline their communication with guests. By sharing your wedding website on your save-the-dates, you offer everyone a central hub for all the essential details. Your wedding website not only allows you to share your love story and engagement photos, but it also becomes a comprehensive resource for your guests. Throughout your engagement, this will significantly reduce the time you’ll spend answering individual questions!


5. Optional Details

Lastly, consider adding a personal touch with photos of yourselves. This can range from professional engagement photos to candid snapshots that capture your personalities and the essence of your relationship. Including images on your save-the-dates not only personalizes this prelude to your wedding but also serves as a keepsake that guests can cherish. Don’t be afraid to have fun with it!

Personalizing Your Save-The-Dates

As you personalize your save-the-dates, remember that each element is a brushstroke (or wax seal) in the larger picture of your wedding narrative. These preliminary announcements are more than just a date on the calendar; they are the opening chapter to the celebration of your love story. They set the tone for what’s to come and invite your loved ones to share in the joy and anticipation of your union. I might be biased but I believe that’s worth investing in.


Looking for help? I would be thrilled to accompany you on your wedding journey, all the way from Ohio! Whether you’re a wedding planner orchestrating a dream wedding for your clients or you’re in the midst of planning your own enchanting day, I’m here (and ready!) to help you bring those visions to life. All the details to kickstart our partnership are just a click away.