As a general rule, it’s best to send life tickets dated 8-12 months before the wedding (send them for the destination or holiday weekend first). As a general rule, save dates should be submitted 9-12 months before the wedding, but for off-site weddings or if you have many out-of-town guests, save dates should be submitted no later than 12 months before the wedding.
Seve-the-date messages should be distributed between 4-6 months before the day of the wedding. This ensures that plenty of time is allotted to planning the wedding and helps crucial guests arrive without difficulty. Numerous cards meant for this sole purpose are designed and sold online and in person.
For a destination wedding, you can send “Save the Dates” nine months in advance, though I wouldn’t recommend doing it any sooner. If you are planning a wedding abroad or are planning to get married during a big holiday, you must additionally notify the guests by setting the save dates nine months before the year.
This is especially important for weddings that last a full weekend, or if you’re planning a destination wedding, notify all of your guests enough to save money, book accommodation, and make sure there are no fights. If you’re planning a wedding or weekend celebration, you’re doing yourself and your guests a disservice if you don’t let them know as soon as possible. It will take a long time for your guests to book travel and accommodation, especially for weddings, but saving dates too early can be sent to the desk drawer and forgotten.
Best Practices for Planning Weddings
Our best advice if you’re sending Save the Dates 6 months or less before your wedding is to include your wedding website so your guests can see your travel and accommodation information. Consider sending out invitations 12 to 16 weeks before your wedding, keeping in mind that you can book a hotel room for guests or recommend other accommodations at your destination. If you are concerned that you may need more time, send invitations no earlier than 16 weeks (4 months) before the wedding. As mentioned above, between 8 and 16 weeks before the wedding is an acceptable time to send out invitations.
The only real disclaimer is if you have a short engagement and are only 6-8 months away from the wedding, in which case it makes sense to send out the invitation right away. In the 8 to 16 week range, you can aim for 16 weeks before the wedding for invitations if you haven’t sent an invitation to keep the date to your guests. Usually, the wedding, except for the dates, starts four to six months before the ceremony, well before the wedding invitations are sent out.
For local weddings, notify your guests at least four to six months in advance of your wedding date and send out invitations as soon as possible. If you’re planning a small wedding and most of the attendees are locals, mailing invitations six to eight weeks in advance will give you plenty of time, and you probably won’t need to save the date. Send out cards 6 to 8 months before your wedding and wedding invitations 8 weeks before your big day.
Date Cards and Invitations Are of the Utmost Importance
A timely date card telling not only your wedding date, your big day, but also a distant place where you plan to get married is the right way to invite your guests to the wedding at the appointed location.
The wedding date is set, and it’s the date you put on your card, allowing your guests to mark the big day on their calendars. There is proper etiquette for saving dates on wedding stationery so that at the start of the countdown, guests know to book a date or weekend for your wedding date and start planning accordingly. Saving the dates will give your guests an idea of the type of wedding you’re planning, and at the same time, your guests will give you the best gifts to celebrate your wedding day.
There is a difference between when to save departure dates for a hometown wedding and for a destination wedding, so be sure to save time by using careful date cards during the planning process and notify your guests so they can plan their wedding day in advance. On the one hand, saving dates boosts the spirits of friends and family for the upcoming holidays, and on the other hand, they give your guests enough time to lock their calendars for your wedding.
Send Save the Date Messages Weeks in Advance
This way, your guests may forget your wedding date because they feel like your wedding date is too far away to mentally prioritize. If a significant proportion of your guests are going to your event, or if your event is on a holiday weekend, put save dates in about eight months, but if most people are local, four to six can be. one month before the event. In less than four months, your guests may already have calendar conflicts.
About six to eight months is enough time for wedding guests to book a trip, save money, and ask for a vacation. This allows your guests to book any travel they need, get days off from work, arrange for childcare if needed, and save up for your wedding (especially important for off-site weddings or guests from far away).
Under no circumstances should wedding invitations be sent out less than six weeks before the wedding, and for guests who need to travel to the wedding, we also recommend more than eight weeks to book vacation, accommodation, and travel. For a wedding where most of your guests are local and you only have a few guests from the city, we recommend the traditional 4 months before the wedding.
To negotiate a destination, send it at least six months in advance of the party so that guests do not rush to negotiate. Expect your RSVPs to return four to six weeks before your wedding, but expect them to return a little earlier for weddings where the venue may require a final count prior to your arrival.