Post # 1
My fiance and I have set our date for October 2018 and are so excited! The next thing on our list is save the dates. We haven’t done our engagement photos yet, and I’m not sure whether we should do them in the next few weeks, or wait until the spring. The fall colors in our state have passed, and things are now pretty brown and blah. I’m not opposed to doing a winter shoot, but would want to guarantee it will be snowy and beautiful, and snow here melts really fast. I’m torn between sending out non-photo save the dates sooner than later, and doing our engagement photos in the spring when everything is lush and beautiful, or making the best of the weather and scenery we have and doing them in the next few weeks and then sending out our save the dates.
Not sure what the timeline is for getting these photos back, and we also haven’t selected a photographer yet, so there is a lot of legwork that needs to be done to get the photos done, not sure if we have time.
Any advice on how far ahead other brides sent save the dates would be helpful. Would also love to see some fun non-photo save the dates that other people used. Also, has anyone seen proposal photos used on save the dates? I don’t think I have– does that mean it’s a faux pas in some kind of way?
Post # 2
I’m getting married August 2018 and I’m planning on sending mine out sometime in January. From what I’ve read, 6-8 months before the wedding is when they generally get sent out, so you’ve got a lot of time!
We got our engagement pictures done this past July and got them back in about 3 weeks. We did them in a neighborhood with old houses and cobblestone streets! This could be an idea for you if you’re worried about things looking brown and blah. We have sooo many beautiful photos in front of pretty shops and old victorian houses. On the save the dates we have 2 engagement pictures: the front has the save the date information over a picture, and the back is just a picture- I think it’s a nice way to give our extended family and friends an actual photo print!
Post # 3
We sent our save the dates 11 months out. Our wedding is on a Friday in the summer so we really wanted to get the word out in a formal way so guests would keep in mind they might have to use a vacation day to come and we wanted to make sure ppl avoided planning trips that would conflict. The other thing was we have been engaged 2 years before we picked a date so it’s not like our wedding was on anyone’s radar because ppl had no idea when we’d choose a date. For our save the dates we did magnets from shutterfly that had 4 pics of us on it. I have to say its nice to hear ppl say “you’re on our fridge!”
I know a lot of ppl say 6-8 months is good for Save the dates but personally I think 6 months is not enough notice for a wedding. People plan things other things like vacations and other kinds of parties that far out. In my opinion if you truly want someone to “save your date” you have to catch them before they might be making plans for that date. Then again over a year in advance ppl will consider it tooo far away. So I think 9-11 months out is perfect
Post # 4
We’re doing engagement photos in November and decided to send out Save-The-Date Cards now before we have the pix. I don’t necessarily think that my face has to be emblazoned on stationery anyhow. 😉 We’ll be able to put our engagement pix on our wedding website soon enough and people can see them there, but they’re really more for us (and our mothers!) than anyone else.
Post # 5
We had a lot of time so we did our engagement photos Nov 2016 and sent the save the dates in March of 2017 for our March 2018 wedding. I would say you can take pictures any time, I’m sure you can find nice scenery now or in the winter if you want your save the dates sent out early.
Post # 6
we are getting married sept 22 2018, we sent our save the dates out in august because we are asking people to travel 12-14 hours for our wedding so we needed them to have as much time as possible to figure out scheduals