“Save the date” announcements are relatively new, and increasingly popular.
Wondering if you should use a save the date announcement? Here are some things to consider.
- If you are planning a destination wedding, you should send save the date announcements as far in advance as you can. This will allow people plenty of time to begin to make travel arrangements.
- If you are planning a wedding on or near a popular holiday, you should send save the date announcements. The more in advance you let people know your wedding date, the less likely it is that they will have made other conflicting plans. It will also prevent them from making expensive, nonrefundable vacation arrangements, which will make it hard for them to attend your wedding.
- Planning a wedding soon? If you can’t give people the traditional amount of notice before the ceremony, sending a save the date announcement will increase the likelihood that they will be able to make arrangements to attend.
Save the date announcements should be sent out 6 to 8 months before the actual wedding date.
Make sure about the date: once you have announced it and people have begun to make commitments to attend, you should only change the date in extenuating circumstances.