Once you have your wedding date and place finalized, it’s time to start thinking about choosing your Save the Dates. If you are getting married over a holiday weekend or are having a destination wedding, it’s best to mail the Save the Dates about 8 months prior to the wedding; otherwise send about 6 months before the wedding.
Sending Save the Dates is the perfect way to let those on your guest list know your wedding details, so they can put your special date on their calendars, request time off of work, make travel plans, etc.
Save the Dates started to gain popularity about ten years’ ago and today about 90% of couples send them. They really are a convenient way to make sure those on your guest list don’t make other plans on your big day!
There is a lot of flexibility in the wording that you use on Save the Dates. You want to be sure, of course, to give the date and city/state of the wedding. You can add “formal invitation to follow” if you prefer. Also, you may want to add your wedding website address, so guests can get further details, such as the hotel information, far in advance.
The most important decision you’ll make regarding your Save the Dates is the style of the card itself. There are lots of style options from which to choose. It is entirely your choice whether you want to be consistent with the style and theme of your wedding. Also, some couples like to match the style and color of their wedding invitation, while others prefer to choose something that is the exact opposite!
Below are some examples of a variety of Save-the-Date styles. The first group shows casual and fun designs while the second group represents more formal choices.