Post # 1
We’re having a destination wedding with 6 of our closest friends/family. But we’re having a reception for everyone back in our home town on September 28. We just got engaged 10 days ago. What kind of time frame do you suggest for sending out Save-The-Date Cards and then invites to the reception?
Post # 3
You should probably send Save-The-Date Cards now, or ASAP. As for invitations, I think it’s 3 months before the wedding, so late June?
Post # 4
@RamblinWreck: Thanks, I was reading through some other posts and noticed I might be a little behind.
Post # 5
Invites usually usually go out 6-8 weeks ahead, although I’ve heard some say 3 months, which is good for people who have extensive travel plans. Save-The-Date Cards are a courtesy so people can plan ahead, and should go out as soon as you’re definite on your date. We’re on a compressed planning schedule – for a couple of reasons – and sent Save-The-Date Cards the instant we knew our date for sure, even though it was only about a month before actual invitations would be going out.
Post # 6
I’m getting married around that time. I sent my STD’s in March and that was pushing it. Invites are supposed to be sent out 6-8 weeks before the wedding/event date.
Are you planning on a photo STD or not?
Congrats on your engagement!
Post # 7
As long as you don’t have too many people that will need to travel for your reception, you don’t need to send out STD’s. The invites can go out about 2 months prior.
Post # 8
Thanks everyone. We’re doing photo strip save the dates and thank you notes. We’re having a photo booth set up at the reception for everyone, so it is sort of a theme. I want to make sure we do send the Save-The-Date Cards to get the theme going. We’ll hopefully get them out the week after Easter.
Post # 9
We got engaged at the end of the year and are marrying in June. We didn’t do Save-The-Date Cards – we just sent out invites in late March. I don’t care if we broke rules of etiquette. We never felt like Save-The-Date Cards were necessary, and we were still getting together details earlier in the year, so all info went out with the invites. According to “the rules,” that’s early, but whatevs! I don’t know how people can plan a wedding on a budget without actually knowing sooner how many people will be there!
Post # 10
Maybe send the invitations a bit earlier instead of rushing to get Save-The-Date Cards done. Just a suggestion.
Post # 11
I agree with MissPumpkinPie, we are getting married Sept. 15 and just send out the save the dates
Post # 12
Save-The-Date Cards are not really necessary. They’re a pretty new thing, actually. I had a 5 month engagement, and didn’t bother with save the dates, and it was never an issue. I called the Out of Town guests just to let them know the wedding date, or brought it up in conversation, and just sent out the invites at 8 weeks.