Long before your wedding and not long after your engagement, the planning beings! Once you’ve set a date, one of the first things you should consider doing is sending out Save the Dates. Especially if your wedding is destination or over a holiday weekend, these will make sure all your guests know to clear their calendars!
If you’re wondering what the proper etiquette is, here are a few tips from The Knot:
When do you send them?
“As a general rule, it’s best to start spreading the news at around six months prior to the ceremony (eight months for a faraway destination). This gives wedding guests plenty of time to book their travel, save a bit of cash, and ask for days off from work. Any earlier, and they may toss the notice aside. Any later, and it might as well be an invitation.”
Who gets one?
“Just to the people that you want to come to your wedding. Even if you’ve already received confirmations from certain guests, you still need to send them a save-the-date (bridesmaids, siblings, and parents). But remember: Only send to those that you definitely want to attend. Once these are in the mail, there’s really no turning back.”
Must we decide on “and guest” yet?
“It’s best to be clear about who’s invited to the wedding, even this far in advance. Always call your best friend’s boyfriend by his nickname? Now’s the time to find out what’s on his birth certificate. By including the actual names of every intended guest on the envelope, you’re less likely to have any assumed invitees (like your third cousin’s new boyfriend), or general confusion (is your seven-year-old niece invited?). Being up front about who’s invited also gives families with uninvited kids ample time to plan for child care, and out-of-towners time to figure out hotel room shares.”
Now on to the fun part – some inspiration! Check out our PINTEREST board for even more ideas.
Here are a few stylish examples from Wedding Paper Divas:
And even more from Minted: