‘Save the date’ literally means ’save this day on your calendar and plan nothing on this date, so you won’t miss the event’.
Presenters, bloggers, and various public figures use this phrase when they announce the important dates.
Here’s an example from Vox’s newsletter.
As you can see, the subject of the message says ”Save the date for the Trump-Kim summit”.
The media invites readers to witness an important event, two world leaders meeting and announces the date.
I often see this expression in the emails of various educators when they announce their webinars or present the whole calendar for their upcoming events.
‘Save the date’ is also used on wedding announcement cards and it’s not the same as an official invitation to a wedding.
In the opposite, it’s a pre-invitation that officially informs your family and friends about your wedding. By sending them a ‘save the date’ card you’re sort of telling them that you’re going to invite them to the celebration.
According to etiquette, it needs to be sent 4-6 months before a wedding. The card usually includes the date itself and wedding location without details that you might not have by this time.
How you can say ‘save the date’ differently:
– Mark it on your calendar
– Circle it in red on the calendar
– It’s on my calendar for this month
See more examples of using this sentence on youngish.
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