To Save or Not to Save?

There has been a lot of debate of late about Save The Date cards. Do they still have a place in contemporary wedding planning? Do we even need them? If so, when is the best time to send them out?

Who, after all, truly wanted a piece of wedding stationary with the acronym STD?

Still, if you rewind a few decades, Save The Dates were simply not practical. Back in the day, couples were getting married in six months or less of meeting each other. Love at first sight was definitely a thing!

Times Have Changed

Save the Date cards work best for couples with average to long engagements. They are great for making certain your family and friends schedule your wedding date on their calendar. After all, people today are just busier and you don’t want to a decline because of a previously scheduled vacation, right?

In my experience, Save the Dates are useful beyond just reserving a date. It’s probably the first time your posse will know your selected venue, and you can also include some suggestions about what they can do during their free time.

We advise our couples to send their Save The Dates around a year before your wedding, if possible. If not, it is still considered polite to send out at least 6 months beforehand.

If your wedding is less than 6 months away, we advise our clients to skip their Save the Dates and move ahead with the wedding invitations.

In the end, creating your Save the Date should be fun! Consider it an early glimpse of your wedding. So why not get creative?

Lura Albee