When it’s time to start spreading the word about your wedding, there’s no better place to start than with your save the dates! But as with every pre-wedding detail, timing is everything. So when’s the best time to send these ever-important cards? Here’s what our experts have to say.
The timing for your save the dates depends on one very important factor: Whether or not you’re having a destination wedding. If most of your guests are traveling from out of town (or you’ve invited everyone to join you at some far-flung locale!), the more advance notice you give your guests, the more time they’ll have to make plans! For a destination wedding the general rule of thumb is to send save the dates eight to 10 months before your wedding day. Better yet, as soon as you’ve chosen a venue and set up your wedding website (with a hotel room block, natch), get those babies in the mail! No one will complain about extra time to arrange flights, reserve a hotel room, and make plans for childcare or pet-sitting.
Having a more local wedding? The usual timeline for a save the date is to send them between six and eight months before your wedding date. Again, it gives guests plenty of time to make plans, but if fewer people will be flying or travelling long distances, there’s less need for so much extra time.
When you do send your save the dates, make sure you’ve got a few things arranged already: Your wedding website should be up and running, you should have your room blocks arranged, and you should have started to assemble your wedding registry — just in case any guests who are booking early decide to beat the crowds and send you a gift early, too! Even if the rest of your site isn’t finished (like the “How We Met” story or bios of your wedding party), filling out those most important of pages will be immensely helpful for your guests.