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1) Your Wedding Date
This one might be a big obvious, but in terms of essentials, this is top of the list. The entire reason Save The Dates exist is because our lives continue to get busier earlier and for an important event such as this, you want to ensure you're giving your loved ones enough time to block off their schedules for celebration.
2) Your Full Names (At least first and last)
This also seems a bit obvious, but in reality it's often a simple item that gets overlooked. Somewhere on your Save the Dates should be both of your full names. You may think that everyone who receives this first official piece of wedding mail will know exactly who you are, and if you're having a wedding guest list of 20 people, that might be true. However for the average sized wedding, there will be at least a small section of people on your guest list that you're not on a first name basis with. Or perhaps you are, but they are not the ones who open the mail in their household. Save their partner the head-scratching experience of wondering "who are Kelly and Brian??" and include your last names for context. The return address label on the envelope totally counts, in my opinion!
3) Your Wedding location (either venue or city and state)
We're trying to give people the bare minimum of essential information to make schedule and travel decisions. So the location of your wedding can be an important factor to any of your guests who have to travel. Listing the city and state is perfectly acceptable if you're still nailing down venue details or prefer a simple design without overly needed text.
4) Wedding Website
What use to be a "nice to have" add on in years past, has now become an essential tool for guest communication for your wedding. Every couple should have a basic wedding website and that is what should be listed on the Save The Date. "Invitation to Follow" is nice and formal and can be included if that suites your style, but the ability to communicate the amount of information you need to is hindered by the amount of space available on an invitation details card. Many guests also need hotel and travel information long before you're ready to mail out invitations. See this handy post here for all the essentials to have on your wedding website.
5) A touch of design to set the tone for your day!
This last one is less of an essential and more a fun element to kick off your wedding design in a fun way. Your Save The Dates will be the first tangible thing guests receive for your wedding day celebration. Start to set the tone and look with this piece and have some fun! Err on the side of neutral colors if you're not sure what overall design your wedding will take one.
A Bonus Essential - How you address the envelope matters. All of those guests who receive a save the date must receive an invitation later in your planning. Be mindful of who is included on the envelope such as guests, significant others and kids because all of those same individuals need to be listed on the invite.