(Closed) When should I send out Save the Dates?

posted 9 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
222 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@limegreenbride:  We are getting married that weekend as well, and we are aiming to send out our save the dates by early July.  It seems a bit early, but like you asked, we are choosing to send them out earlier because it is a holiday weekend.  We live near the Jersey Shore and we have a lot of friends that get beach houses over the summer, so we want them to be aware of the wedding date before they make their plans for next summer!  Better to send them out earlier if you are worried, in my opinion 🙂  good luck!

Post # 4
1406 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I sent mine out for a Destination Wedding about 6 months out.  Then again, everyone who was interested in going already knew the date.  

I’ve received STDs a year out and honestly, if it’s Out of Town, it’s too early to make flight reservations…plus, I don’t really make any plans more than 6 months out.  But that’s just me.  

If I were your “guest”, I’d appreciate 6 months notice….especially since DH’s job requires him to “block” out expected leave/vacation at the beginning of every year.   

Post # 5
1361 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We’re getting married Labor Day weekend this year, and we sent out save the dates at the 6 month mark.  I would aim for 6-8 months, if I were you.

Post # 6
3622 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

A lot of our guests are out of town and travel frequently (meaning their schedules are booked far in advance), so we sent them out about 11 months beforehand.

Post # 7
9541 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I’m getting married on Labor Day weekend of 2013 and I’m planning to send the save the dates in late Sept or October of this year (so not quite a year ahead of time). I want to give people as much warning as possible since it’s a holiday weekend but I think they should be sent less than a year in advance. Really anything between 6-12 months is fine.

Post # 9
637 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

depends on how firm you are on your date.  if you don’t want to send out save the dates early, you can always casually letting people know what your date will be, so they have an idea. 

Post # 10
1423 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I’d say six months minimum, but not 10 months or more (I once received a STD for a wedding that was happening in two years!). We’re sending ours out eight months beforehand because more than half of our guests do not live in our state and do not know the date prior.

Post # 12
442 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Mmmm… I’m from NJ and Mem Day weekend is a big one (we’re headed down on Friday, yay), but I doubt anyone will be ready to deal with it if you send them out now. I’d aim for September for sure.

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