Many couples decide to send out save the dates to their guests prior to their wedding invitations as a way of announcing the date of their wedding and other basic information. It also lets guests know that they will be invited to the wedding at a later date.
Are Save The Dates Necessary?
Save the dates are completely optional and depend on the couple and on the wedding. Although, if you are planning a destination wedding save the dates are often necessary. You may also want to consider sending save the dates to your guests if your wedding will be taking place during a busy time, such as the summer and over public holiday weekends. This gives your guests enough time to plan their schedules.
When To Send Them
It is best to send your save the date cards out around six months prior to your wedding. If you are having a destination wedding, you may want to send your save the dates out eight to twelve months prior to your wedding. This gives your guests enough time to save and plan for your wedding.
Who Should Receive Them If you already have your guest list finalised, it is a good idea to send everyone a save the date card. Even if you already have verbal confirmation from some guests, such as parents, siblings and your wedding party, it is still good to send them one. Although, when sending your save the date cards, keep in mind to be sure of who you are sending them too as you only want to send them to people who you definitely want to attend.
What Information To Include
Your save the dates should include your first names, your wedding date, the wedding venue and its location. Remember that you will still be sending out wedding invitations, which will include more detailed information about the day. Some couples also like to include ‘formal invite to follow’ on their save the date cards.
Should Your Save The Dates Match Your Wedding Invitations?
It is completely up to you whether or not you want your save the dates to match your wedding invitations. If you are yet to decide on a theme and style for your wedding day, save the dates are a good way to experiment. Keep in mind that your save the dates are your guests first look into your wedding, so do not be afraid to get creative – you want to create something that is going to get your guests just as excited as you are for your big day!