Why & When to Send Save the Dates

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:

  1. 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!)
  2. Share your engagement photography (What a beautiful way to show off those gorgeous professional photographs you have!)
  3. 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!
  4. 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)
  5. 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:

  1. Email your guests the save the dates (obviously not ideal but if you cannot afford to ship them, it’s better than nothing)
  2. Just send them to people who are from out of town/will have to travel in order to attend your wedding
  3. Look for coupons through online printers such as shutterfly. Use these links for discounts. 10 FREE cards click here. 40% Tiny Prints click here.
  4. 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)

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