First and foremost, congratulations, girl! You’re officially a bride-to-be. While you’re elated and so ready to dive into wedding planning, you must realize it’s not all pinning and day-dreaming... There’s a TON of numbers and logistics that make your dream wedding happen. Now that you’ve pulled your head out of the clouds for a minute, let’s chat about save-the-date timing.
So you’ve set a date, booked your major vendors, and you’re working on planning your timeline for all the finer details. Before you do anything else, figure out when you need to send out save the dates. The purpose of this customary wedding checklist item is to officially announce your wedding is happening and to give your guests an idea of when and where it will be so they can mark the date/weekend on their calendar and start planning.
Okay, so when do I send out my save-the-dates?
Traditionally, you would send out save the dates for a local wedding 4-6 months out (some people say 6-8 is safe), and then for destination weddings more like 6-8 months or even 8-12 months prior. The biggest reason for this is so your guests are given enough notice that they have the opportunity to plan childcare, time off of work, and save up for travel and accommodations. Do your guests a courtesy and give them plenty of time! Especially if your wedding is during a peak wedding season, you may lose guests to other engagements so get in early.
The best thing to do to start, is work backwards. Look at your wedding date and count backwards about 6 months. Aim to send out save the dates by then, and maybe even earlier if you have a far away affair.
Don’t forget, that doesn’t mean mark your calendar and start thinking about save the dates at that time; this means mark your calendar to send them out by then. Work backwards even farther from there and allow time to research and choose (and book) a stationer or site to order from, get your guest list narrowed down and collect addresses, address and assemble them.
And remember, try not to stress! Planning ahead prevents a lot of last minute scrambling and mistakes, and don’t forget your friends and family who are chomping at the bit to help you. Recruit someone to help you research and compare prices, have a wine and cheese addressing and assembly session. Make it fun, this is a special time in your life and you don’t want it to be watered down because of too much stress. You got this, girl!
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