You’re probably wondering when to send save the date cards. This particular announcement will be your initial view into the world of wedding stationery, so here’s a few tips to get you prepared.
Do I have to send Save the Dates?
Nope. But they are recommended for a few reasons:
- Your friends and family will appreciate the heads-up
- You’re more likely to have first dibs on guests who know other couples getting married on the same day.
- They’re a great way to get everyone excited about your wedding – and to get your own creativity flowing early in the planning process
When to send Save the Dates for a local wedding
Ideally send out save the date cards 10-12 months prior to your wedding and the wedding invitations 3 months before your big day. Not only may some of your guest have to make travel arrangements and save money, but some will also need to get time off from their jobs, etc.
When to send Save the Dates for a destination wedding
If you have decided on a destination wedding or getting married on a major holiday, you should give guests extra notice by sending your save the dates out 12-14 months in advance. No one will complain about extra time to book flights and reserve a hotel room.
Who to send a Save the Date to
Anyone you’re sure will be invited. Do not mail save-the-date cards to guests on your B-list: Once they receive a save the date, you’re then obligated to send them a wedding invitation.
Sending electronic Save the Dates
One of the main reasons to send digital save the dates is time, convenience and budget. Traditional save the date cards require ordering, proofing, printing, postage and delivery, all of which can take weeks.