Save the date cards are ideal for many couples planning their upcoming nuptials. This allows you to send the wedding date and location to friends and family even before the invitations go out, encouraging them to leave the day open on their calendar. This is particularly important when guests are traveling from out of state.
Mailing the Card at that Sweet Spot
Typically sending save the date cards six to eight months prior to the wedding is a good idea. It can be tempting to mail save the date cards as soon as the wedding date and location have been finalized. A gut reaction may be the sooner the better, however by sending the cards too soon you risk your guests forgetting about the event until the invitation arrives. In general, anything extending nearly a year or longer will risk being tossed aside because the date is so far in the future.
When the Save the Date is Critical
A summer wedding, when guests are making vacation plans, destination or a wedding that falls on a three-day weekend are all times when it is important to send a save the date card ahead of time. Allowing your invited guests that six to eight months to plan their own schedule around the wedding can go a long way to making sure your family and loved ones are able to attend.
A mistake that some couples make when sending save the date cards is to send it to both their ‘A’ and ‘B’ guest list, before paring it down for the official invitations. Be sure to only send a card for those guests that will definitely be invited to the wedding. It is a major faux pas to send a save the date and then never follow-up with an invitation.
By finding just the right time for sending your save the date, you can be sure that your nuptials will be in the calendar of those friends and family in plenty of time. This will ensure that they will be able to celebrate with you on your big day.