You have just decided on a date for your wedding. The next thing to do is start informing your guests so they will be sure to come and share the day with you. A unique and creative way to remind them of your wedding date is to provide them with save the dates. Wedding save the date cards make wonderful additions to your wedding invitations and RSVPs. A save the date allows your guests to plan in advance and to prepare for the occasion.
Knowing when to send your wedding save the date is a common concern. The decision on how far in advance to mail them out will depend greatly on when and where you plan on having your wedding. Most save the dates are mailed between six to twelve months in advance. Some are mailed four to six months. Send save the dates any less than four months and you run the risk of your guests not having enough time to plan.
Aim to send your wedding save the date cards out about a year in advance if you are having a destination wedding or a wedding that may take place near a holiday. This will ensure that your guests will have enough time to make travel plans, save money, and request time off for work if needed. However, many hotels and destinations don't always reserve more than a year in advance so be mindful of the plans family and friends may need to make to attend.
If you are having a non-destination wedding four to six months prior is typically when most people send their save the dates. This ensures that your guests will still have time to make arrangements that may need to be made to be at your occasion.
Not everyone on your guest list will need a save the date unless you are planning a destination wedding. Ideally your wedding save the date cards should be sent to those who will need to make significant travel plans such as family or friends arriving from out of town. It is often common to include a brief note that an invitation is soon to follow.