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What's the difference between save the date cards and invitations?

June 16, 2020

Save the Date cards and wedding invitations are two of the most important pieces of wedding stationery (in our opinion anyway!). One is designed to give your guests the heads up with plenty of time to go, and the other is designed to make sure your guests have all the information they could need to be able to attend your wedding.

Save the Date Cards

Generally speaking, save the date cards will be the first wedding stationery item that your guests receive in the run up to your wedding day. We recommend that these are sent at least 6 months in advance; however of course different time frames work for different couples. Save the date cards are designed to simply give your guests the date of your planned wedding, and perhaps the location too, to give your guests time to arrange childcare, time off work, or if you're getting married abroad, flights and accommodation.

Wedding Invites

We firmly believe that wedding invitations are the most important wedding stationery product. In addition to the date, wedding invitations will give your guests the time, locations, RSVP information and anything else you need to give them - it's essentially all the details you've ironed out since sending out your save the date cards! This is the best place to give your guests whatever information they might require to attend your wedding.

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The short answer...

Save the date cards are usually sent very early on in planning - when the only details might be a place and a date. Wedding invitations are sent much closer to the date and will include all the details such as ceremony times and RSVP information.

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