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When to Send out Save the Dates

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If you've just decided on a wedding date, congratulations! This is a special and exciting time in your wedding planning process. With the date set and your plan in motion, it's time to customize and send save the dates! Not only will your guests appreciate the heads-up for planning purposes, it's important to set the stage and begin generating some excitement. Even if you're sure your event will be your guests' priority, it's helpful to give your invitees some extra time to plan.

SAVE THE DATE TIMELINE

1. SET THE DATE & LOCATION

  • First and foremost, decide on your wedding date and general location.
  • You won’t need to know the exact venue until later, but the city and state where the wedding will be held is enough for your save the dates.

2. TAKE ENGAGEMENT PHOTOS

when to take engagement photos for save the dates
  • It's wise to plan your engagement shoot while you're still deciding on location and dates, so you can create your save the dates as soon as you see the final shots. You can browse through these engagement photo ideas to prepare for your upcoming photo shoot.
  • If you don’t want to do a formal engagement photo shoot, you have some other options for your save the date photo. Use an old, favorite photo of the two of you, or ask a friend to take a few romantic snaps of you together!

3. CREATE A WEDDING WEBSITE

  • If digital is more your style or you just want to be able to provide more information for your guests, adding a wedding website to your save the dates is a detail you won’t want to overlook. Having a wedding website will give you more freedom, and allow you to continually update guests with new information.

4. MAIL YOUR SAVE THE DATES

  • Save the dates should be sent out 6-8 months before the wedding.
  • For a destination wedding, save the dates should be sent out 8-10 months in advance.
  • Also, make sure to add a few extra weeks to your save the date timeline if your event falls on or around a holiday.

HOW TO CUSTOMIZE YOUR SAVE THE DATES

It's important to make sure your special day is as authentic as possible, and choosing a design that captures your personalities will get your process off on the right foot. Purchasing stylish and personalized save the dates online has never been easier, and with the variety of customized options available, there's plenty of options for every budget, color and style.

CHOOSE A UNIQUE FORMAT

Aside from traditional cards, you can get creative by choosing a fun format like save the date magnets or save the date coasters.Mix and match different types depending on your style. Close family and friends would be thrilled to receive a special keepsake magnet, but if you don’t want to send one to everyone, send the remaining guests cards.

PICK A CUSTOM ENVELOPE

To make a statement before recipients even open the mail, choose from a variety of custom envelopes. Your guests will be bursting with excitement to open the mail! With designs to match any style, you’ll definitely find one you love.

USE FREE ADDRESS PRINTING

You’ll be hard pressed to find time to address your save the dates when you’re busy planning the wedding. Save time and stress with free address printing with any custom envelope purchase. You can easily import your contact list or send a link to family and friends to fill out. The best part - you can use the same list again to send out your wedding invitations!

TIPS AND ADVICE FOR SENDING SAVE THE DATES

The save the date process can be a tricky one, particularly for wedding novices. If you haven’t attended or been involved with many weddings before planning your own, you may be wary of making a save the date faux pas. Read on for our favorite save the date tips and advice and ensure you’re on the right track!

INCLUDE A RETURN ADDRESS

A return address is essential. You'll need to know if you have a bad address or if there's an issue with your envelopes before sending out the formal wedding invitations.

BE YOURSELF

Match your save the dates to your wedding colors, theme or style and most importantly, to your personality! There are general guidelines for save the date wording, but remember to just be yourself!

ADD A PHOTO

Show off your style as an established couple with a photo save the date. If you want to have a professional engagement photo shoot, schedule one any time after the proposal, but you don’t need professional photos to make a save the date. Any photo of the two of you will do just fine, or take a new one after you look at cute engagement photo ideas for inspiration.

SEND A PHYSICAL SAVE THE DATE

Paper save the dates are as pretty as they are practical. Your guests will most likely hang up or display this special announcement somewhere in their home or office. The display will serve as a continual reminder of your event, and is much more effective then another message stuck in their inbox.

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