The struggle with whether or not to send out save-the-dates is one many couples grapple with, so you shouldn’t feel alone!
Save-the-dates are must-haves for destination weddings, weddings with a large number of out-of-town guests or weddings that are set around the holidays. Typically sent out 6 months to a year prior to the actually ceremony, save-the-dates allow extra time for your guests to make plans and travel arrangements to attend the event of the year—your wedding, of course!
Your next step is to determine the look and style of your save-the-dates. Not as formal as your official wedding invitations, many couples decide on fun and kicky designs. Most save-the-dates are personalized, including pictures of the bride and groom, and often come as post cards or magnets for your guests to display in their home. We’ve even known a bride or two that have ordered luggage tag save-the-dates to tie in with their destination wedding!
Be sure your save-the-dates include the names of you and your husband-to-be, the day of your event and the city in which it will take place. With the convenience of technology, many couples today include a link to their wedding webpage which hosts a variety of information, including nearby airports, hotels and other accommodations.
Sending out save-the-dates is a great way to jumpstart the process of organizing your mailing list! What was once a daunting and overwhelming undertaking for couples has been made extraordinarily simple with the help of online wedding planning templates. And as you are soon to realize, there is no gift greater than the gift of time!