So do you need to send out a Save the Date invitation? To most of my couples, I have to say yes. With having a destination wedding it is polite to inform your guests of your wedding at least six to eight months prior. This gives them time to save money and make travel arrangements. If you are a local, a nice invitation will do just fine – unless you want extra cutesy details..
Before you jump into sending out those adorable Save the Dates, make sure you have a few key items completed first:
- Booked Venue locked down with a contract. This does not mean a date “penciled-in” I mean the real deal, actual Wedding Date, deposit, ink on the dotted line, etc.
- Completed, Confirmed, Final Guest List. There is nothing worse then sending out a save the date to someone then never following up with an invitation because you changed your mind (ouch!), the venue is too small, or whatever reason you come up with. Please don’t do this.
- Wedding Website with all the fun details. I know they can be a little cheesy sometimes but they really help the guests with all the FAQs. Help your guests feel comfortable and try to upload as much info as possible as you get it. Such as: Your Story, Wedding Party, Physical Addresses of Wedding and Reception, Directions, Accommodations, Rehearsal/Cookout Details, Things to Do, Shuttle Service, Transportation from Airports, Attire for Wedding, Etc. There are free sites available all over the net – just pick one that works best for you.
- Include Invitation to Follow somewhere on the Save the Date so the guests know to expect the formal invite closer to the wedding date so they can officially RSVP.
Hope these tips help you with your Save the Dates. Happy Planning!