The Save the Date is often the first piece that goes out that begins to tell the story of your wedding. It will represent everything to follow by dictating the style and mood of your wedding. It’s kind of a big deal.I have heard a variety of questions around Save the Dates: “Do I have to send them?”, “When do they need to go out?” “What should be on it?”, so let’s tackle it.
Do you have to send them?- Technically no but it’s advised that you should. You want people to be able to prepare for your wedding. It will stop the endless question “Have you picked a date?”. But in reality, if you are having a destination wedding or the majority of your guests are from out of town, then yes you should be sending a Save the Date so people can work your wedding into their schedules.
When should they go out?- Like I mentioned, if you are having a destination wedding, or most of your guests are from out of town, then you should be sending a Save the Date. You want to be courteous and give your guests plenty of time to save, request time off from work and make any additional arrangements required. You should be sending at least 12 months before your big day. If you are getting married in your home town with basically all your guests being local, you can get away with sending your Save the Date 8 to 9 months in advance.
What should they say?- A Save the Date says a lot more than just what your wedding day is. It is setting the theme, style, and formality of your wedding. It should match the rest of the stationary you plan on using, match the theme and style of your wedding and will indicate if you are having a black tie or causal wedding. The obvious should be on every Save the Date: your names, the date and location (if only city) of your wedding. If you can include venue information or wedding website (if using one), then include those as well.
I hope this helps you when you are creating your Save the Dates. If you need help planning your wedding, contact me, I’d love to help.