(Closed) Save the Date–What is the TYPICAL timeframe?

posted 7 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
4143 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Send them as soon as possible. We’re getti g married August 12 and our STD went out in September (it’s a destination wedding and we didn’t do a picture). 

Post # 4
3729 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: City, State

I have been told between 6-10 months in advance. I would do them now, so people will get them soon and can let you know their preliminary RSVP when they see you over the holidays.

We sent out our Save-The-Date Cards for our July wedding 9 months in advance (October 13) because it was right near a federal holiday and Fiance had made plans the weekend before. It was the only time I had to handwrite 100 envelopes! And you don’t need to handwrite them– there are only a few people who care or notice. I just am related to them 🙂

Post # 5
1828 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

Wow, I had always heard about 4-6 mos for Save-The-Date Cards and 2-3 mos for invitations, unless it’s destination.

Post # 7
1663 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I think you’re fine!!  I think something around 6 or 7 months should be enough.  I am planning to send mine in Jan/Feb and getting married in Sept.

Post # 8
1835 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor

We sent ours out 6 months in advance, which I thought was a good amount of time for out-of-town guests to book their flights and hotel rooms. We mailed out the invitations 8 weeks before the wedding, with an RSVP deadline of one month before the wedding. It worked out really well! I think since you’re getting married in August, February or March would be a good time to send out save-the-dates – wait until the holidays are over, because right now people are getting a surge of mail with cards, catalogs, etc. Good luck! 🙂

Post # 9
60 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Ditto to AlmostMrs.P. Our wedding is on September 1, 2013. We already took engagement pictures, but we haven’t decided on a save-the-date design just yet (we want to incorporate our pictures, too). We are hoping to get those figured out soon and sent out by the end of January/early February. That gives 7ish months for guests to make arrangements. Pretty much everyone is coming from out of town, and we are having our wedding on a holiday weekend (Labor day). We just want to make sure people have as much time as possible to plan for that! If most of your guests live in the area, I would say 4-6 months ahead is plenty.

Post # 10
281 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I was going to send mine at the 10 month mark, this month. I have them and just have to address them. Mostly because we’ve already had people asking if theyre invited (we were engaged a year ago) and our guest list is finished. We’ve also had an incident of an aunt inviting herself. So it seems like it’s time, especially since part of my family will be coming from the other side of the country (Virginia to California=lots of trip planning)

Post # 11
332 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Our wedding planner told us to send them out by Jan 1. I am waiting on all my goodies in the mail to create them (no photos) and then I will send them out right after Christmas. I don’t want to send them right now with the holidays and have people confused it’s a Christmas card or gift.

We, too, have a destination wedding but most of our guests know the date because we asked some of them what day they would prefer that weekend. I’m not too worried about doing them far in advance because with the holidays most people don’t want to worry about purchasing plane tickets until after Christmas spending is over.

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