Some of our Hacienda Sarria couples like the idea of their wedding on a long weekend or a special holiday, while others choose a date that is meaningful to the couple.
No matter what your priority is, save the date cards are the best way to ensure your guests have enough notice to include your wedding in their calendars- but how do they work and whom should you invite?
To answer your questions, we’ve compiled 15 helpful etiquette tips that will guide you through announcing your wedding. We’ve also included a list of important dates for your reference so you can avoid popular vacation times or pick your favourite holiday.
Want more planning help? Chapter 2 of our Bridal Guide makes saving the date simple with some inspirational tips on designs and how to pick your day!
14 Save the Date Etiquette Essentials
- Send your save the date cards out 6-8 months before the wedding.
- Give out-of-town guests extra notice and help them arrange accommodations and transportation. (Hint: some couples reserve rooms at a near-by hotel for their guests, then leave it up to them to book or not.)
- Save the Date cards tend to be more informal than the official invitation; feel free to take advantage of this opportunity to be whimsical or show off your personality.
- Because save the date cards are more informal, the language used can be relaxed (Hint: on the invitation you would write out the date, whereas on the save the date cards it would be acceptable to use numbers.)
- The design of your cards should match the theme of your wedding.
- Consider who you are inviting; an “all or nothing” policy is usually best when deciding who to include (Hint: if you invite someone to your wedding shower, they should probably be invited to your wedding as well.)
In the end, it's your day to celebrate with the ones you love
- If you have decided not to include young children in your guest list, do not include their names on the save the date or invitation cards. (Hint: allowing them enough notice to find a sitter is always appreciated.)
- Guests typically receive their own invitations once they are 18 years of age or no longer living at home.
- Ensure that as many guests as possible receive a save the date card; all guests who receive a save the date card should also receive an invitation.
- The information on the cards is usually limited to the date and location of the wedding; extra information concerning accommodations or transportation might be included for out-of-town guests.
- Typically the cards say “formal invitation to follow” so guests are aware that they will still be receiving more details.
- The rules for offering a “plus one” vary: some couples offer it to all single guests over 18, while others only make it available to people in known relationships.
- All single members of your bridal party should be allowed a “plus one”.
- Last but not least, remember to keep track of your RSVPs!
For some first-hand advice on how to pick your wedding date, take a look at how our own Event Planner Ashley made her decision.
Canadian Holidays and Other Important Dates of 2014-2015
|Sunday||June 15||Father's Day||Observance|
|Thursday||June 19||Corpus Christi||Christian|
|Saturday||June 21||June Solstice||Season|
|Sunday||June 29||Ramadan begins||Muslim|
|Tuesday||July 1||Canada Day||National Holiday|
|Thursday||July 24||Laylat al-Qadr (Night of Destiny)||Muslim|
|Tuesday||July 29||Eid-al-Fitr (Fetival of Fast-Breaking)||Muslim|
|Monday||August 4||Civic/Provincial Day||Common Local Holidays|
|Tuesday||August 5||Tisha B'Ay||Jewish|
|Friday||August 15||Assumption of Mary||Christian|
|Monday||Sept. 1||Labour Day||National Holiday|
|Tuesday||Sept. 23||September Equinox||Season|
|Thursday||Sept. 25||Rosh Hashana||Jewish|
|Saturday||Oct. 4||Feast of St. Francis of Assisi||Christian|
|Saturday||Oct. 4||Yom Kippur||Jewish|
|Sunday||Oct. 5||Eid-al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice)||Muslim|
|Thursday||Oct. 9||First day of Sukkot||Jewish|
|Monday||Oct. 13||Thanksgiving Day||National Holiday|
|Wednesday||Oct. 15||Last day of Sukkot||Jewish|
|Thursday||Oct. 23||Diwali/Deepavali (Festival of Lights)||Observance|
|Saturday||Oct. 25||Muharram (Islamic New Year)||Muslim|
|Saturday||Nov.1||All Saints' Day||Observance|
|Sunday||Nov. 2||All Souls' Day||Christian|
|Sunday||Nov. 2||Daylight Saving Time ends||Clock change|
|Tuesday||Nov. 11||Remembrance Day||Common Local Holidays (except for Ontario & Québec)|
|Sunday||Nov. 30||First Sunday of Advent||Observance|
|Wednesday||Dec. 17||First Day of Hanukkah||Jewish|
|Sunday||Dec. 21||December Solstice||Season|
|Wednesday||Dec. 24||Last day of Hanukkah||Jewish|
|Wednesday||Dec. 24||Christmas Eve||Observance|
|Thursday||Dec. 25||Christmas||National Holiday, Christian|
|Friday||Dec. 26||Boxing Day||National Holiday|
|Wednesday||Dec. 31||New Year's Eve||Observance|
|Thursday||Jan. 1||New Year's Day||National Holiday|
|Saturday||Jan. 3||Prophet's Birthday||Muslim|
|Tuesday||Jan. 6||Epiphany||Observance, Christian|
|Wednesday||Jan. 7||Orthodox Christmas Day||Orthodox|
|Wednesday||Jan. 14||Orthodox New Year||Orthodox|
|Monday||Feb. 2||Groundhog Day||Observance|
|Wednesday||Feb. 4||Tu B'Shevat (Arbor Day)||Jewish|
|Saturday||Feb. 14||Valentine's Day||Observance|
|Monday||Feb. 16||Family Day||Common Local Holidays (AB, ON, SK)|
|Tuesday||Feb. 17||Shrove Tuesday||Christian|
|Wednesday||Feb. 18||Ash Wednesday||Christian|
|Thursday||Feb. 19||Chinese New Year||Observance|
|Sunday||March 1||St. David's Day||Observance|
|Sunday||March 8||Daylight Saving Time starts||Clock change|
|Monday||March 16||St. Patrick's Day||Observance (Local holiday in Newfoundland and Labrador)|
|Friday||March 20||March Equinox||Season|
|Sunday||March 29||Palm Sunday||Christian|
|Thursday||April 2||Holy Thursday||Christian|
|Friday||April 3||Good Friday||National Holiday, Christian|
|Saturday||April 4||Holy Saturday||Christian|
|Saturday||April 4||First day of Passover||Jewish|
|Sunday||April 5||Easter Sunday||Observance, Christian|
|Monday||April 6||Easter Monday||National Holiday, Christian|
|Thursday||April 9||Vimy Ridge Day||Observance|
|Friday||April 10||Orthodox Good Friday||Orthodox|
|Saturday||April 11||Last day of Passover||Jewish|
|Saturday||April 11||Orthodox Holy Saturday||Orthodox|
|Sunday||April 12||Orthodox Easter||Orthodox|
|Monday||April 13||Orthodox Easter Monday||Orthodox|
|Wednesday||April 15||Yom HaShoah||Jewish|
|Thursday||April 23||Yom HaAtzmaut||Jewish|
|Thursday||May 7||Lag B'Omer||Jewish|
|Sunday||May 10||Mother's Day||Observance|
|Thursday||May 14||Ascension Day||Christian|
|Saturday||May 16||Isra and Mi'raj||Muslim|
|Monday||May 18||Victoria Day||National Holiday (except Québec)|
|Thursday||June 4||Corpus Christi||Christian|
|Thursday||June 18||Ramadan begins||Muslim|
|Sunday||June 21||Father's Day||Observation|
|Sunday||June 21||June Solstice||Season|
|Wednesday||July 1||Canada Day||National Holiday|
|Monday||July 13||Laylat al-Qadr (Night of Destiny)||Muslim|
|Saturday||July 18||Eid-al-Fitr (Feast of Fast-Breaking)||Muslim|
|Sunday||July 26||Tisha B'Ay||Jewish|
|Monday||August 3||Civic/Provincial Day||Common Local Holidays|
|Monday||August 3||Assumption of Mary||Christian|
|Monday||Sept. 7||Labour Day||National Holiday|
|Monday||Sept. 14||Rosh Hashana||Jewish|
|Wednesday||Sept. 23||Yom Kippur||Jewish|
|Wednesday||Sept. 23||September Equinox||Season|
|Thursday||Sept. 24||Eid-al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice)||Muslim|
|Monday||Sept. 28||First day of Sukkot||Jewish|
|Sunday||Oct. 4||Feast of St. Francis of Assisi||Christian|
|Sunday||Oct. 4||Last day of Sukkot||Jewish|
|Monday||Oct. 12||Thanksgiving Day||National Holiday|
|Thursday||Oct. 15||Muharram (Islamic New Year)||Muslim|
|Sunday||Nov. 1||Daylight Saving Time ends||Clock change|
|Sunday||Nov. 1||All Saints' Day||Observance|
|Monday||Nov. 2||All Souls' Day||Christian|
|Wednesday||Nov. 11||Remembrance Day||Common Local Holidays (except Ontario & Québec)|
|Sunday||Nov. 29||First Sunday of Advent||Observance|
|Monday||Dec. 7||First day of Hanukkah||Jewish|
|Monday||Dec. 14||Last day of Hanukkah||Jewish|
|Tuesday||Dec. 22||December Solstice||Season|
|Thursday||Dec. 24||Prophet's Birthday||Muslim|
|Thursday||Dec. 24||Christmas Eve||Observance|
|Friday||Dec. 25||Christmas||National Holiday. Christian|
|Saturday||Dec. 26||Boxing Day||National Holiday|
|Thursday||Dec. 31||New Year's Eve||Observance