Post # 1
Our wedding is in September 2017 and while we aren’t quite done finalizing the guest list, we are estimating inviting around 250. And a very large portion of those people are out of towners (about 1-2 hours away). Purely because most of our guests would have to make the drive, we are debating on whether or not save the dates would be necessary. Could we just mail the invites a little early (like march 2017) to save the money and kill two birds with one stone?
Post # 2
I would do save the dates in your case. If you send out the invites that early, it’s likely people will not RSVP (because they’ll forget or lose the card when it comes time to RSVP). I think there are some really cute save the date options that are not too expensive. Although I’m personally not a fan of it, you could also send an evite as the save the date.
Post # 3
Save-The-Date Cards are NOT required. MANY, MANY people go to finalize guest list and they wish they had not sent out so many Save-The-Date Cards. One or two hours, people generally drive, not fly. No reservation needed. Unless the venue is in resort area, at a time when hotel reservations will be difficult to get, there is no need for STD. Too many brides just want to think about the cute STD on the frig, etc. Then, months later they realize that they need invites for some cousin who got engaged, whatever. Let immediate family, wedding party and VIPs know by word of mouth, email phone call or in person.
Post # 4
I think save the dates are the most useful when a high number of guests will be flying in from out of town. Those people may need extra time off, may need to save up more money, want to watch for cheap flights, cheap hotels…
I wouldn’t call driving a couple hours from out of town, though. They’ll need to stay one night at a hotel, max. SO I think in this case it is actually up to you.
Just know if you sent your invites early you are more likely to have to call up people who forgot to RSVP. But you’ll almost certainly have to do that anyway with 250 invited.
Post # 5
I think save the dates are a useful planning tool for people. We sent out e save the dates because it was only 6 months ahead of time and figured that was enough (plus it was cheaper).