Updated: May 11, 2020
In the wedding and event planning industry, we are asked a myriad of questions to help our clients prepare for their big day. Below, we have some of the most frequently asked questions about Save the Date announcements and Wedding Invitations.
SAVE THE DATE ANNOUNCEMENTS Q: What information should be included on the Save the Date Announcements? A: When mailing Save the Date Announcements to your wedding guests, be certain to include the following: the names of both people to be married, the wedding date (or dates, if having a wedding weekend), the location (town, city and state), and a notice indicating a formal invitation will follow.
Some couples like sharing through this process via a wedding website, however, this is optional.
Q: When are Save the Date Announcements placed in the mail? A: If you are planning for a destination wedding, it is customary to mail the announcements eight (8) to twelve (12) months in advance. For a local wedding, mail out your Save the Dates six (6) months in advance. Follow up with the formal invitations approximately eight (8) weeks before the wedding.
Q: What do you place on the ‘M’ line of an RSVP? A: When you sign your name(s) on the line, use the ‘M’ as the first letter of your title. For example, an RSVP will read “Ms. Janet Green and Mr. James Lowe.” A married couple will write “Mr. and Mrs. James Lowe.”
Q: What is hand-canceling? A: While most mail is sorted through a machine that cancels each stamp, hand-canceling, or having a postal official mark each stamp, is the best way you can ensure your wedding envelopes are handled delicately. This process lowers the risk of your beautiful invitations being blemished in any way before they leave the post office.
Q: What are some standard practices when addressing wedding invitations? A: Here are some helpful tips when addressing your outer envelopes:
- Do not abbreviate except for Mr., Mrs., Ms. or Dr. - Do not use symbols. - Spell out the word “and.” - Do not use initials. - Use figures only when writing house numbers and zip codes. - Write out words such as “Street,” “Boulevard,” “Avenue,” etc.