(Closed) when do you send out save the dates?

posted 9 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010 - The Pierre Hotel

I think it’s really up to you.  I’ve heard anywhere from 6-9 months.  I’m distributing mine now because our wedding is over Memorial Day weekend, and I know people’s holiday weekend schedules can book up quickly. 

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Will you be having many guests from OOT? We are getting married in Sept 2010 but plan to send out our Save The Dates no later than Nov 2010 because we have most of our guests coming from Out of Town and we want to let them know hotel arrangements early on.  If you are having mostly in town guests and you aren’t planning a wedding on a holiday weekend or a busy weekend in your area, I’d say 6 or 7 months is fine!

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010 - Jewel Box in Forest Park and Windows on Washington

I’m with the other girls.  Proper timing would be 6-9 months in advance, depending on how many of your guests are traveling.  I have received them anywhere from 6 months to 9 months out (and a few crazy brides have sent them 1 year in advance).  I think the idea is that you want to give your guests a heads up and to mark their calendars.  One year is too much, but 6 is a good number! 

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

It’s usually 6-9 months before the date, but a lot of people do them earlier if there will be lots of out of town guests or a holiday weekend.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2018 - The Desmond Hotel in Malvern, PA

We sent ours 6 months before our wedding, but since early June is a busy time for weddings, it might not hurt for you to send yours earlier to give your guests ample time to plan.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I’m sending Save-The-Date Cards this August for my July 2010 wedding.  Almost all of the guests are from out of state.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee

I didn’t send any save the dates, just the wedding invitation to save money. 

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

One of the Bees sent out E-Save the Dates, which would help save money.  If most of your guests are fairly computer literate, this would save you from sending them, you just have to find a friendor to help you design them!

I think the general consensus is 6 – 9 months for most weddings, or 1 year – 9 months for holiday weekends and/or destination weddings.

I would suggest going through most of the Bee’s posts and checking out their Save the Dates since they are typically very creative and may help give you some insight into what you like and what you dont.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2018 - The Grand Old House, Grand Cayman

We sent ours out 6 months in advance, but since we had a destination wedding I would have liked to send them out a litte sooner.  There are SO many cute options for Save-The-Date Cards.  Search the archives for inspiration!  I had a map of our wedding location made by Laura Hooper.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I was just thinking about the same thing.  Our wedding is Sept 2010, and most guests are in the area (within 100 miles).  I want to do Save-The-Date Cards, but don’t know if it’s just a waste of money. 

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

For a popular month such as june and if you have a lot of Out of Town guests, I suggest anywhere from 11-9 months ahead.

My wedding is June 26 2010 and a destination wedding so we are sending ours next month! 🙂 

Post # 14
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Any thoughts on this – I am a late May bride. We do have some guests from Out of Town, but they are mostly family and they already know the wedding date.

Sending my Save-The-Date Cards 6 months out, or even 7 months out, would put them arriving right in the middle of all the holiday cards and I’m afraid they may get lost in the shuffle.

 Would you think I should send them even earlier, or wait until just after the holiday (about 5 months out) and send them in early January?  

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Tannery Pond at the Darrow School

Hmmmm, I guess I am a little overeager, since I am smack in the middle of sending ours out now for our June 12, 2010 wedding…Granted, almost everyone is an Out of Town and it is a very popular wedding date but after reading this post, I think I maybe jumped the gun a little…oh well, hope that doesn’t make for a higher guest count than expected! 🙂

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

We’re getting married this September with 90 percent of the guest list having to travel at least three hours (if not six hours … or fly). We sent our STD’s out last October. Yes, it’s 11 months before, but if it were me, I would have preferred to receive one sooner rather than later if we have to travel/book hotels, etc. I say anytime between 6-12 months depending on how much travel is needed and the time of year (May-September being the busiest wedding months). Also, some people might have to request time off work, and I know for me, I like to do that as soon as possible to make sure I get the day off.

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