Last week I received save-the-dates from my two 2013 couples getting married in August =) Save-the-date cards are no longer just for couples having a destination wedding. Many couples use them to set the tone of their wedding and remind guests to do exactly that “save-the-date” or buy themselves more time so they can get everything organized for their wedding invitations.
When is the right time to send save-the-dates?
This is probably one of the most common things couples ask when they start planning their wedding. Although your wedding is unique to your situation, ideally they should be sent out 6-8 months before your wedding. 8 months is a good timeframe if you have a lot of guests traveling from abroad, or if your wedding date is around peak holiday times (like the summer or Christmas holidays). Giving as much notice as possible allows your guests to plan ahead and avoid conflicts in their calendars.
If you choose to send them any less than 6 months, it’s probably not worth sending save-the-dates, unless it’s by email, save your money and just send your invites a little earlier.
What should you include in your Save-the-date card?
- The city your wedding will be taking place
- Your names and the actual wedding date
- Your wedding website (if you have one, and which should have more information about your wedding for your guests)
- Indicate that a formal invitation will follow
Who should receive a Save-the-date?
Remember that this doesn’t serve as an engagement announcement to everyone you know. It should only be sent to those people you are planning on inviting to the wedding itself. Morale of the story – make sure you do your guest list first and know who you are inviting to your wedding!
Does it need to be a physical card?
Though I always love receiving snail mail, many couples opt for an email version these days. This is perfectly fine, as long as it suits you and your budget.
My advice – work with a designer for your save-the-dates, preferably the same one you want to use for your invitations. Don’t forget that these cards are the first hints of your wedding style and theme so you want them to look as great as your invites and carry the same style. There are many great ideas and options for Save-the-dates these days, check out Pinterest if you need some inspiration!
Have you sent your save-the-dates? When did you send yours and what did you do? Have you seen any great save-the-date ideas lately? Share below!