When planning a wedding, timing becomes one of the most important factors. Getting your save the dates out (if you’re choosing to send them) should go out between 8 and 10 months before your wedding. Factors that can change if or when you send them out include if you’re having a destination wedding, you have guests coming in from out of town, it’s a holiday weekend, it’s on a weekday, or it’s during a busy time of the year for other weddings.
Shutterfly did a post about called 11 Reasons to Send Save the Dates.
Here are a few of their points:
- Save the dates are not for you. (What they mean is it’s not to get you excited for your wedding but to get your guests excited as well!)
- Share your engagement photography (What a beautiful way to show off those gorgeous professional photographs you have!)
- Introduce your wedding theme (Another way to get your guests excited and prepared for what’s to come! Also, a way to secure your ideas on theme and style) – On this note, for myself, I didn’t quite make my save the dates the way I wish I had. I loved the idea but in the end feel they didn’t completely match our theme. Check ours out below!
- Let guests make arrangements. (This is the most important part! Especially if you’re having guests from out of town and you really want them to attend)
- Gather addresses (Yay! This is a great excuse to gather addresses so that when it’s time to send out your invites, you’re all set to go)
Some ways to save money on save the dates:
- Email your guests the save the dates (obviously not ideal but if you cannot afford to ship them, it’s better than nothing)
- Just send them to people who are from out of town/will have to travel in order to attend your wedding
- Look for coupons through online printers such as shutterfly. Use these links for discounts. 10 FREE cards click here. 40% Tiny Prints click here.
- Make sure you’re printing cards that are easy and inexpensive to ship (check with your post office before spending hundreds of dollars on cards that will cost a ton to ship)! Especially if you’re going to send something heavy (a magnet, etc)