If you’re a couple planning a 2018 wedding, you’ve probably started to think about save-the-dates and whether or not you need them. You might have already started researching when to mail them. If you’re really on top of your game, maybe you’ve already begun working with a designer. Kudos to you! For those who’ve not begun working on your save-the-dates, we’re here to help you with our top three tips!
First, should you send them at all?
It depends on the location of your wedding and its proximity to your guests. If you’re having a destination wedding, the answer is yes. Your guests will need to make travel plans, and the sooner you can make them aware of your wedding, the better. If your wedding isn’t a destination wedding but you’re inviting a lot of out-of-towners , it’s a really good idea to send a save-the-date so your guests can make travel plans.
Second, when should you mail them?
6-8 months out from your wedding is standard, or 8-12 months out for a destination wedding. But there’s more. If you’re a couple whose planning an April, May or June wedding, 6 months before your wedding lands you smack dab in the middle of… the holidays. With Americans sending over 2 billion holiday cards each year, your save-the-date may easily get lost in the shuffle. With that in mind, do the smart thing and send your save-the-dates before any holiday madness ensues. Think early November.
Third, what should they look like? Should they match your invitations?
Your save-the-dates are your chance to have a little fun and flex your creative muscles, especially if you know you’re going to send a more traditional wedding invitation. Including a photo is a nice personal touch, but isn’t necessary. Feel free to express yourselves and don’t feel obligated to make your save-the-dates tie in seamlessly with your invitation suite. My recommendation is to use the same or similar fonts across your entire stationery package so that everything feels cohesive; but there’s still a ton of creative freedom available to you within those boundaries. Come up with some really fun wording that gets your guests excited to witness your big day, for example.
Finally, don’t forget to include your website and happy date-saving!