Modern Etiquette Guide For Wedding Save the Date Announcements

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                       Modern Etiquette Guide For Wedding Save the Date Announcements
                                                    By Grace W Chen

   Some might argue that etiquette standards have slipped in recent years because people lead busier
lives and manners are no longer universally observed as they once were. However, despite a break
with tradition, it is still important to be aware of the modern etiquette rules concerning save the date
announcements for your wedding. By following the appropriate etiquette, you can avoid alienating
potential guests and impress them instead.

Who Should Receive Save the Date Announcements?

 Modern etiquette guidelines insist that every person who you want to invite must receive a save the
date announcement. It is important to make an exhaustive list (both for you and your fiancé) of
potential guests before proceeding to order your save the date announcements. Consult your parents
for family or business acquaintances they might feel important to include on the preliminary list.

 Often, your first guest list will include a larger number than you or your budget would like, and you will
need to start eliminating names. Once you’ve trimmed the list to everyone’s satisfaction, then you can
begin the search for save the date announcements. Still order a small surplus, just in case someone is
overlooked or added back in at the last minute. You’ll also probably want to keep one for yourself as a

What Information Should be Included?

 Since save the date announcements aren’t invitations, you don’t need to go into great detail
concerning your wedding plans. Basically, they are a courtesy for busy guests who might not be
available to attend your wedding once receiving an invitation a month or two prior to the event.

 You don’t even need to feel pressured to settle on an exact ceremony and reception location, as long
as you know what city or town it will take place in (i.e. your hometown). Your save the date
announcement should highlight your names, wedding date and general location, followed by the
phrase “invitation to follow.” This has become proper wedding etiquette and has proved to be a popular
way of securing attendance.

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 Your save the date announcements should proceed your wedding by five to six months. This gives
enough notice to allow guests to hopefully mark your event on their calendars, yet not so far in
advance that they forget or so close to the invitation that the advanced notice becomes moot. The
exception to this rule is destination weddings, particularly those taking place outside the US.

 Since wedding invitations for destination weddings are typically mailed up to one year in advance,
your save the date announcements should be sent about eighteen months in advance. Because more
planning goes into destination weddings, you will most likely already have your wedding venue
scheduled, so feel free to include the specifics of location so guests can make travel arrangements.
Also, if you are planning to mail an information packet with your wedding invitations containing travel
and hotel information (such as a discounted rate for wedding guests), etiquette allows you to mention
that invitation and travel information to follow.

 Following these etiquette guidelines will help more guests attend your wedding and help make it a day
you’ll never forget.

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                                   Guidelines For Wedding Announcements
                                               By Hana Lee

Getting married is one of the most exciting things that a person can do. While the process of planning
and executing a wedding ceremony takes a lot of time and attention to detail, once it’s all over it is
obvious that all of the stress involved was well worth it. Once the wedding is done, however, there are
still a few details that should be looked after. Wedding announcements fall into this category.

Wedding announcements are intended to let people know that you are now married. The responsibility
for creating them typically falls upon the bride or her family and there are a number of ways of
completing wedding announcements.

Newspaper wedding announcements are quite common. If you choose to announce your wedding in
the local newspaper, you’ll want to contact the offices of the publication for information on how to do
this. Check the paper’s wedding page as well since many newspapers print their guidelines for
wedding announcements right there. Different publications will have different ways of going about this,
so it’s important to look into each one if you plan to submit wedding announcements to more than one
newspaper. Some papers charge a nominal fee to publish wedding announcements and some will do it
for free. Some will also print photographs with the announcement if you so desire. Again, check with
the individual publication to see what they will and won’t do.

The information to include in a newspaper wedding announcement will depend on how much you want
to print and how much the paper is willing to print. Some papers will ask that the bride fill out a simple
form, others will ask that the information simply be submitted. Some of the information that you will
want to consider including is the bride’s full name, the names of the bride’s parents and their place of
residence (the city or town, not their street address), the names of the bride’s grandparents (both sides
of the family), what school or college the bride attends or graduated from, the bride’s occupation, the
name of the groom and his place of residence, the names of the groom’s parents and their place of
residence, the occupations of the groom’s parents, names of the groom’s grandparents (again, on both
sides), where the groom attended school or college, the groom’s occupation, and details about the
wedding itself such as the date and location, the names of those in the wedding party and their
relationships (if any) to the bride or groom, where the couple has gone for their honeymoon, and any
other information you may deem pertinent or interesting.

Personal wedding announcements are also appropriate to send. These will typically be sent in the
names of the bride’s parents and will go to friends, relatives, and acquaintances who were not invited
to the wedding itself. It is customary to send these wedding announcements immediately following the
wedding date. If the wedding were held on, say, Saturday the first, the wedding announcements should
be in the mail on Monday the third.

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