Save the date cards is the best way to announce your wedding plans to family and friends. You want to make sure that everyone you invite has plenty of time to plan for the event. It doesn’t matter if your wedding will be local or if they will need to travel, they need to be prepared. Save the date cards help everyone to do just that. You don’t want to send them out too early, but at the same time if you are going to use save the date cards, you need to send them out soon enough for them to do any good. It’s recommended that you send them out about six months before your planned wedding day.
If you are going to use cards and stamps, you might consider creating your own stamp. You can make these stamps online and use your engagement picture. It’s fun and it makes it very personalized.
What Not To Include – Save the date cards should not be used to provide detailed information about the event itself. This is not the time or place to discuss the rehearsal dinner, the reception, or the ceremony. It is inappropriate to include registry information as well. Guests who are interested in registry information can contact you themselves, or they can wait until the actual wedding invitations are sent out. Response requests are also not included. These notices are merely a courtesy ’heads up’ to your long distance guests and others who may require, for personal, professional, or medical reasons, some advance notice.
If you are on a tight budget, you can either do it yourself, or get predesigned cards. Look out for them online, or go through stationery stores. These work equally well. Be sure to keep your messages short and simple, and you’re on your way to making your own wedding save-the-date cards!
Timing Is Everything – Wedding invitations are generally mailed out six to eight weeks prior to the event, but save the date cards should be sent out four to six months ahead of time. This way, guests will be able to shop around for transportation, schedule a convenient flight, reserve a hotel room, and make other necessary arrangements. Major events are exciting social gatherings that everyone will want to attend, both family and friends from near and far. Sending them out well enough in advance makes it far more likely that all of your guests will be able to attend.