Congrats, your partner proposed and you said yes!Now what?The first wedding planning task a bride must undertake is to save the date.However, many questions come to mind when working on this project.You may want to know when to send the save date card, to whom to save the date, and so on.This particular announcement will be your first segue to the world of wedding stationery kits, so we did all the research to get you ready for a smooth and perfect execution.Read on for answers to etiquette questions about the first wedding letter you send.
Usually,prepare your wedding invitation at least 8 weeks before the wedding.The save the date should not be used as a substitute for a detailed wedding invitation.Your guests will want to know what kind of events you’re hosting, as well as important details such as menu options, routes, contact details, hotel rooms booked, and whether they can bring a plus.Invitations are the best place to put all these details and other things you want your guests to know. Today, we’ll be sharing some important guidelines to help you start your save the date and help you figure out when to send save the date cards!
When to send save the dates:
- Set the Wedding Date: An official wedding date (often driven by venue availability) is a must! Then you can decide when to send save the dates and wedding invitations.
- Schedule Engagement Photos: You can use photos you already have but engagement photos add a fresh and beautiful touch. Schedule them in time to get the photos back before you need to order your save the dates — about a year before the wedding date.
- Send Save the Dates Early: At least 6-8 months before the wedding date. Guests need time to find flights and lodging as well as caretakers for the kids and/or pets.
- Send Earlier for Destination Weddings: Give guests at least 8-12 months to make affordable travel arrangements to your destination-wedding locale.
What your save the dates should say:
- Include at least the city your wedding will take place in so guests can start planning travel
- Obviously, include the date!
- Address save the dates as accurately as possible: if your event is adults only, don’t address save the dates to the “Matthews Family” but rather to “Dave and Julia Matthews.”