What is the best time to send save the dates to your guests? You know there’s a window of time to estimate, sure… but when should you actually send save the date cards? In this blog post, you will know exactly when to send save the dates based on your wedding date with our calculator. We’ll show you proper save the date etiquette so you don’t send them too early — or too late.
First, let’s answer a quick Ask Emmaline question on the topic from Laura. She writes,
“Hi Emmaline, I’m wondering when to send save the date cards. Is it too early to send them right now as we are 12 months out? How far in advance should you send save the dates? Thanks for your help.”
When to Send Save the Dates Based on Your Wedding
As a rule of thumb save the date cards should be sent approximately 6 to 8 months before the wedding date. There is a little flexibility here: some couples wish to send them earlier: in some cases, as early as 9 to 12 months ahead of the wedding. This is a good idea if you’re having a destination wedding, but may be too early to send save the dates for most couples.
I recommend sticking to the 6 to 8 month rule for most weddings. Here is the calculator for when you should send save the date cards, offering you a comfortable six to eight-month schedule based on your wedding month.
Save the Date Calculator
For most weddings, here is an accurate save the date calculator to use based on your wedding month.
|Wedding Date||When to Send Out Save the Date|
|January||May to July|
|February||June to August|
|March||July to September|
|April||August to October|
|May||September to November|
|June||October to December|
|July||November to January|
|August||December to February|
|September||January to March|
|October||February to April|
|November||March to May|
|December||April to June|
When to Send Save the Dates for Destination Wedding
If you are planning a destination wedding, you can send save the dates a bit early… but don’t send them too early. What is too early to send save the dates? Don’t send save the dates earlier than 1 year ahead of the wedding date. Most couples prefer 9 to 10 months as a good window of time to give guests a heads-up for travel arrangements and to keep the date in their calendars for a destination wedding. I second this: anytime from 9 to 12 months for a destination wedding is a pretty safe bet.
Sending Save the Dates for Holiday Wedding
Planning a wedding on Memorial Day or Labor Day weekend? Figuring out how to throw an epic New Years’ Eve wedding bash? Planning a Thanksgiving weekend wedding? You should send save the dates earlier for these busy weekends to ensure guests have plenty of advance notice.
I recommend sending save the dates 9 months early if you are planning a wedding during a busy holiday weekend, simply so guests can make plans.
When to Send Save-the-Dates for Destination Wedding or Holiday Weekend
Here’s an example of when to send save the dates 9 months early for a holiday weekend or destination wedding.
The examples are below: i.e., if you’re getting married in January, send the cards in April.
Getting Married in / Send in…
January / April
February / May
March / June
April / July
May / August
June / September
July / October
August / November
September / December
October / January
November / February
December / March
How far in advance to send save the dates?
Great question! As a rule of thumb, the best time to send save the dates is 6 to 8 months before the wedding.
If you wish to send them sooner, go for it! I wouldn’t send save the dates too early, though.
What is too early to send save the dates?
Don’t send save the dates earlier than 12 months.
If you send them too early, guests may put them aside and forget about them. If you send them too late, guests may not have the date available.
Where to Order Save the Date Cards
You can buy cheap save the dates or you can opt for more pricey ones. One website where you can shop both options — budget and luxury — is Minted.
You can use a photo or you can choose a solid non-photo save the date card.
You may want to use a photo on save the dates to put your engagement photos to good use!
Should Save the Dates Match Invitations?
You may be wondering if your save-the-date cards have to match your wedding invites. Nope: save the dates do NOT have to match invitations because a save the date card is more casual and fun; wedding invitations are more formal. Plus, you probably don’t have the color palette, theme, or specific style nailed down just yet and that’s okay!
You should choose cards that suit the season of your wedding, though, and perhaps a color you think may be a part of the celebration. If the save-the-dates don’t end up matching at all, don’t worry about it! These are more fun and casual, whereas your wedding invitations will be more formal.
When in doubt, choose a simple save the date card and provide just the details you need to share: save the dates should include these things.
To shop for your cards, click here to browse the collection.
I hope this helps you prepare to send out your save the date cards! If you run into questions along the way, just ask: I read the comments area and can swoop in to help in a flash. :)
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