A save the date card should include the bride and groom's names, the wedding date and the location. The card should have "Formal invitation to follow" at the bottom so the recipient knows that more information is coming. Depending on the wedding, the card can be formal or informal.
The standard time frame for save the date cards is six to eight months before the wedding date. This gives recipients time to plan and make any necessary travel arrangements. Every card recipient should also receive a formal invitation.
Besides traditional cards, save the date cards are also available as postcards, photo cards and magnets. A photo of the couple is often used for save the date cards.
Since the save the date card is the first sign most people receive of the wedding, the card should match the style of the wedding. An informal card could have a poem or a funny quote. Informal cards also often have bright colors and creative fonts. For formal weddings, the save the date card should be traditional and to-the-point. Most importantly, the card style should suit the personality of the bride and groom.
If the couple has already planned their formal invitation and wedding theme, they can match their save the date card with both.