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What you should do
Since this will be your first written contact with most of your guests, it’s important that they make a good first impression. Make sure that you spell each guest’s name correctly. If you are unsure about spelling of someone’s name, look it up or contact someone reliable.
In your save-the-date, include date, time, and place of ceremony along with any other information that your guests will need.
Here is a sample of how your notice might read:
"Please save date of Saturday, June 25, 2005, 2 PM, for wedding of Karen Hinkley and Brian Nelson in Minneapolis, MN. Invitation and directions to follow."
Always follow up with expected wedding invitation, which should be mailed about six weeks before your wedding date.
A nice touch that can truly be helpful to your guests is to list your web site address—assuming you will be updating it with more details.
What you should not do
Keep in mind purpose of these cards. Don’t include unnecessary or inappropriate information such as directions, rehearsal dinner location and time, or registry information. (Incidentally, if you do list your name with a bridal registry, only place that information can be included is in a shower invitation. Generally, good etiquette demands that you rely upon friends and relatives to circulate such details by word of mouth and only if asked.)
Since you are not trying to elicit a response, do not include a reply card. And last but not least, you should not e-mail your save-the-date information. Of course, there is always an exception to every rule, but try not to break this one.
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