Destination wedding save the date by Merari Photography
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Figuring out your invitation's suite timeline can feel more challenging than actually agreeing on a paper set you both like. Luckily, we're here to break down everything you need to know about your invitation's first round—the save-the-date. From stylist choices, to necessary info, to that elusive timeframe, the following advice will surely put you at ease when it's time to hit the post office. We'll get into the specifics in a moment, but it's important to note that your save-the-date doesn't have to include absolutely everything guests need to know. Feel free to add a link to your wedding website, where you can explain all of the details you left out. Without further ado, here's everything you need to know about save-the-dates.

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First things first—do I need to send save-the-dates?

In the world of digital communication, snail mail isn't as common these days. Though they're technically not required, it's still a courteous gesture to send these notifiers in addition to wedding invitations. If you're planning a destination wedding or getting married during a holiday weekend, they're highly recommended to give your guests time to plan ahead.

What's the time frame for sending them?

That really depends on your wedding date, but a good rule of thumb to follow is six to eight months beforehand. For a holiday or destination wedding, aim for eight months prior to your ceremony date so your guests have time to book their travel reservations

What information should I include?

Unlike your wedding invitations, you don't have to list all the specifics just yet. Make sure to include the couple's names, the wedding date (for a wedding weekend, include all days), general location and a notice for a formal invite. You don't need to add much else but if you have a wedding website, use it to refer your guests to additional information.

Should I match my save-the-dates to my wedding invitations?

That's totally up to you. Since they're considered less formal than invites, you can use your save-the-dates as an opportunity to express your style or try out a theme you like. That being said, you don't have to stick to just paper either. Feel free to get creative with memorable ideas like refrigerator magnets, calendar stickers, or luggage tags.