Mailing out a save-the-date card months before your wedding invitations is becoming an increasingly popular trend. While not absolutely necessary, save-the-date cards can be a helpful and beneficial resource for you and your guests. It notifies guests of your wedding date months in advance and lets them know they’ll be invited so they can make the necessary arrangements. If you’re considering sending save-the-date cards for your wedding, here are few tips on proper etiquette:
If to Send: Save-the-date cards are not required. They are, however, recommended for destination weddings, long weekend weddings, and holiday weddings. It’s also wise to send a save-the-date if your wedding falls during a busy time the of year (i.e. holiday season or summer) or if you are expecting a lot of out-of-town guests.
When to Send: Save-the-date cards should be sent to guests six to eight months before the wedding. This will give out-of-town guests ample time to make travel arrangements, save up money, and request time off of work.
Who to Send: If you decide to mail save-the-date cards, you need to send them to all intended wedding guests. Even if you have friends or family that are definitely planning to attend the wedding, they should still receive a save-the-date card. Anyone who receives a save-the-date card should also receive an invitation, so make sure your guest list is narrowed down and finalized before mailing. Once a save-the-date is mailed, there’s no turning back. Also, on the save-the-date envelope, be sure to specify exactly who is invited (i.e. guests, significant others, plus ones, and/or kids).
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