While save the dates aren't required, they are a great way to get your guests pumped up about your wedding AND gives guests ample time to prepare for the event. We've written out some helpful tips & tricks to keep in mind while working on your save the dates!
Your save the dates should hit the mail between 4 and 6 months before the big day. If your wedding falls on a Holiday weekend or you plan on a destination wedding, give your guest a little extra heads up by sending them 6 to 8 months prior to your wedding date.
ADD YOUR WEDDING WEBSITE:
The save the date is the perfect time to introduce your guests to your wedding website. As details become finalized, this is a great place to communicate all kinds of important information. This can be especially helpful for destination weddings or for couples who have lots of out of town guests!
THE GUEST LIST:
Now is the perfect time to let your guests know who is on the guest list. If you already know that you are going to allow your guests to bring dates, let them know! You can simply write "and guest" on your envelopes or if you know the guest's name, write it out on the envelope as well. This will give your guests plenty of time to plan accordingly. The same goes for families with children. Be sure to add "and family" or write out the children's names on the envelopes.
KEEP IT SIMPLE:
No need to include all of the details at this point! All you need is a date, location, and website if you have one. Don't worry if you don't already know the exact location. City and State will be more than enough information.