Save-the-date cards are an official way to inform your guests of your upcoming wedding before actually sending out the invitations. They serve as your first correspondence with guests, so they should reflect you and your fiance, as well as the type of wedding you plan to have. Only send save-the-date cards to people you know will be invited to the wedding. Determining when to send the save-the-date cards depends on when and where your wedding will take place along with the needs or your guests.
3 to 6 Months
For a local wedding where all or most of your guests are local, as well, you don't really need save the date cards. However, if you'd like to make sure everyone keeps their schedule open to share in your special day, send out the cards three to six months in advance. If you know of something special going on during that time frame, such as a holiday or other celebration, consider leaning more towards six months in advance. If you are planning a wedding in a short time frame, send them out as soon as you have your wedding booked to officially get the word out.
6 to 12 Months
If many of your guests will have to travel, or your wedding will take place during a busy holiday or peak travel season, send the save the date cards out six to 12 months in advance. The more time you give your guests to make travel and accommodation arrangements, the likelier they are to attend. Include any travel or lodging services or group rates you have arranged.
12 Months or More
Weddings during extremely busy holidays, such as New Years Eve, Valentines Day or right around Christmas, may dictate even more planning time. Destination weddings, particularly in more expensive tourist areas, also warrant more planning time. For weddings such as these, consider sending out save-the-date cards as far in advance as possible, including one or possibly even two years before the actual wedding. The people that you really want to be included in your special day should have every opportunity to save and plan for your wedding. This may allow them to turn your wedding into an extended vacation for themselves as well.
While the sav- the-date cards may be essential to certain weddings, they serve as informal, yet official correspondence. They can be fun and creative, such as photo-booth-style pictures, or constant reminders, such as magnets. Choose a style that fits you and your fiance's personalities. You can also hint at the colors and theme of the wedding, or use cards that match your invitations and other wedding stationery.
Include your wedding website address if you have one. This will help your guests stay informed along the entire process. If you have arranged to use a particular travel agent or have special group rates on any travel or accommodation packages, include that information. The more you provide, the easier it will be for your guests to arrange their schedules and travel plans to attend your wedding.
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