Do I really need to send out save-the-dates?
It is not mandatory but most couples choose to send out save the dates to notify friends and family of your wedding date. Keep in mind you do not have to send a physical card, it can be an online announcement.
When should we send out save-the-dates?
Sooner the better. Usually around six to eight months. If you are having more of a destination wedding, your guests will always appreciate more notice.
What goes on a save-the-date?
Less is more here. It should include four things:
- Your names
- Your wedding date
- The location of your wedding (city and state at least!)
- Your wedding website address if you have one
Who gets a save-the-date?
These should be sent to those you are planning to invite to your wedding.
Does it need to match our invitations?
Up to you! It does not have to but couples do try to incorporate some similarity between their save-the-dates and invitations.
Tips on save-the-dates
Postcards are incredibly common since postage is less. However, whatever you decide, be sure to test what you a mailing first to yourself before mailing them all out. If you have a registry started you can also include that on your save-the-dates or wedding website for any engagement parties or showers that will happen before your wedding. If you know whether someone will have a plus one be sure to include that when you address the save-the-date. And don’t be afraid to get creative, check out all these fun save-the-date!
FYI Wedding Invitations should be sent out six to eight weeks before your wedding date. More on wedding invitations soon!