First things first, what is a Save the Date? It’s basically an announcement to alert your guests of an upcoming wedding that they will get a formal invitation to at a later date. You’re literally asking them to save the date. They’re typically sent out 2-3 months after getting engaged, once the venue and date has been reserved.
Reasons to Send Save the Dates
They can be helpful and appreciated if you’re inviting guests from out of town or if you’re planning on having a destination wedding. Your guests will have time to make travel arrangements and maybe even be able to snag a deal on flights.
They’ll be able to say “No” to other things. Especially if your wedding day falls around a holiday.
Reasons Not to Send Save the Dates
More time and money that could be spent elsewhere.
You pretty much have to know for sure who you are and are not inviting. Once you send a save the date, you’re obligated to send a wedding invitation.
If you’re having a short engagement, sending a save the date is kind of pointless. You can skip right to wedding invitations.
Want more Save the Date etiquette? Check out this article from The Knot
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