Are you going to send save-the-date announcements to your wedding guests ahead of the actual formal invitations? It's not absolutely required — it's actually more of a courtesy to the guests than anything else. And seeing the convenience of it, many couples are using online channels to share this information with their guests. Though many couples use it as an opportunity to get personal and send a piece of snap mail. Whether it's creative or expensive or super-simple doesn't matter — they all serve the same purpose. Telling people to put your wedding on their calendars!
Destination wedding couples frequently send out their save-the-dates in combination with their travel information packets. This means all the guests are able figure out exactly how much it will cost to make the trip for the wedding weekend before the actual invitation arrives and they have to accept or decline.
Some brides and grooms mail the save-the-dates on a significant date — it's popular to post-mark them on the one-year-out mark if the timing works. Mailing on Valentine's Day and/or using the wedding stamps the U.S. Postal Service prints specifically for excited brides and grooms can also make a fun mark on the announcement.
Remember, despite your enthusiasm, you absolutely, positively cannot send the date notices out to your guests until after you've locked in your date, booked your wedding venue all the way through the contract and confirmed your actual guest list. Once you've sent a save-the-date, that person must be sent a real invitation when the time comes. It's a notice of an invitation about be sent and even if somebody expressed concern they won't be able to make it, you have to keep them on your mailing list.
Happy wedding planning!
Owner of Weddings in Vieques, a destination-wedding planning company off the coast of Puerto Rico, Sandy Malone has helped countless couples plan their big day since 2007.