(Closed) How long before wedding is a good time to send save the dates?

posted 8 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Save the dates should be sent out 10-12 months before the wedding with the invites sent out at the standard 6-8 weeks before. This gives guests proper time to schedule vacations from work and make travel arrangements.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

We’re sending ours out pretty early, since we also have a large number of guests we’re hoping will fly alllllll the way across the country (or the ocean, or half the globe…I mean, you know, not that we’re demanding or anything) to come to the wedding.

The wedding is 12/3/11, and we’re sending our save the dates in this year’s Christmas cards 🙂

Post # 5
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Our wedding was across the US from most of our guests, so we did our Save-The-Date Cards 9 months beforehand. Gave plenty of time for people to plan. We sent our invites out earlier than the 6-8 weeks though – they served as a second “no really, you need to make travel plans NOW” for the guests, since our hotel blocks expired a month before our wedding.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

6-8 months tops! I wouldn’t send them too soon, a lot can change in a few months and you would hate to have invited people with a STD and then wish you hadn’t.  Also, budgets can change the closer you get and if you have already send the STD’s there is not much you can do to trim the list at that point.  If you feel the need to send some sooner, you can send those and then wait on the rest.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

We’re sending ours in February or March, I think, for our November wedding.

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

We did ours 9 months out, and so far, its making the RSVP returns much easier b/c people already had it on their calendars!

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I think 6-9 months is a good amount of time.  Unless it is a major holiday weekend, anything longer than that is too far in advance for most people.  As a guest, I have to admit to have received Save the Dates long before I made actual travel plans to attend the wedding.

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