Save-the-dates are one of the first formal notices about your big day and are very important for both you and your guests.
First, the save-the-date cards will give you a good idea about the total number of people that could attend your wedding. Odds are that not every single person will make it, but being prepared in the name of the game. Secondly, these notices are giving a heads up to all potential guests about arrangements they might need to make time and plans for.
They are really important but the biggest question we get is, “When is the best time to send them?”
Though there isn’t a 100% perfect answer, the most basic answer is anywhere between 6-8 months. That being said, there are a number of reasons why this might be different for your specific wedding. A few of these reasons might include wedding date, location, or size.
Consider your wedding date when planing to send your save the date cards. If you have a long engagement you have plenty of time, however, if your wedding less than 10 months you might want to focus on schedule your engagement session and sending your save the date cards right after booking your venue.
Depending on where you live and the location in which you are choosing to have your wedding, your guests might need a bit more time in advance to plan for your special day. This is most apparent in destination weddings or even weddings out of the state where you live. If you are planning a wedding far away, it’s usually best to give your guests as much time in advance to plan for days off at work and accommodation. We recommend around 8 to 12 months in advance if possible.
The size of the wedding is also an important factor in knowing when to send out your save-the date cards. The larger the wedding the easier planning will be when many more people are responding and planning to come. Since there will be a larger number, getting all of those save-the-dates out will take a lot of time for you and by getting them out earlier, that will also give that many guests plenty of time to plan in between receiving the save-the-date card and their formal invitations soon after.
As you can see, there are no hard and fast rules about save-the-dates but there are important rules to consider that will help your planning go more smoothly and will help your guests ensure that they are prepared for your special day so they can be in attendance.