Our Save the Date postcards turned out pretty well, and I have received many compliments. But if I could do them all over again, I would do a few things differently.
If you're wondering what info to put on save the dates, here are the three things I forgot, that we really should have included on our postcards:
1. Our return address
I guess postcards don't usually have a return address, and we didn't include them on ours. At first we were blissfully unaware that some of our postcards might not get delivered. This is becoming an issue as I find out that a few friends and relatives did not receive their postcards (and one woman who received a bridal shower invitation never received her save the date postcard prior to the shower invite, so she was really confused — yikes!).
2. “Formal invitation to follow”
As silly as this sounds, some people thought that this postcard was their actual invitation. I thought it was pretty clear that it was just a note to save the date, but apparently you can never spell things out TOO much.
3. The wedding location
I didn't think it was necessary to include this detail since there is TONS of location information available on our wedding website, but people are still confused. I think this might have something to do with the photo that we used of the two of us kissing in front of the Brooklyn Bridge. (My fiance and I live in New York, and we flew our photographer out here to shoot our engagement photos. However, the wedding is in Michigan.)
Whether they're a postcard or something other cute format, save the dates should always include:
- you and your fiancé's names
- the wedding date (or dates, if you're doing a multi-day or wedding weekend)
- location (including a town or city, if you know it)
- reminder for a formal invitation to follow.
- bonus: include a link to your wedding website, so folks can find more info