Do I need save the dates?

Updated: Mar 24




What exactly are save the dates? Essentially, this is the pre-invitation that announces your wedding date and general location (the city or at least state).


Now that you know what they are, the big question is, “Do I need save the dates?”

The short answer is… yes, but the longer answer is... it depends.


No, you don’t need save the dates if…

  • You are getting married quickly, like 6 months after you got engaged then you can just send people the wedding invitation

  • You are having a very small and intimate wedding (around 20 people or less)

Yes, you need save the dates if…

  • You’re having a destination wedding (especially during peak travel time)

  • You are getting married during a major holiday (Labor Day, Memorial Day, New Years, etc.)

  • You want to get guest excited for your wedding

When do I send them out?

  • 6-9 months before your wedding (or a year for destination weddings)

Who should get one?

  • Last week we talked about the guest list for this very reason. Once you send a save the date, you will have to send the wedding invitation. So finish that guest list before you send out your save the dates

What goes in a save the date?

  • The date, city/state (or country if doing destination), and your wedding website so they can stay updated

Can I use online save the dates?

  • Absolutely, but please note that some emails will be forgotten or overlooked by your guests. Another tip is that your save the dates should set the overall vibe for your wedding. If you’re having a more casual wedding, then an email works; but a more formal wedding the more formal the stationary

I hope this guide was helpful in your save the date decision, just remember that you don’t have to stick to any traditional rules, it’s your wedding, YOUR way.


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