Choosing a wedding date is one of the most difficult aspects of the wedding planning after finding your perfect dress at Patricia's South Bridal. After all, it can be hard to work with so many conflicting schedules. For this reason, people often choose a date and send save the date announcements. Should you do this too?
The Etiquette Guidelines
First of all, it is important to understand that a “save the date” card is not mandated by wedding etiquette guidelines. However, it is a nice gesture. If you are having a more formal wedding or inviting a lot of out of town guests, this announcement may be worthwhile. After all, it is a formal way to invite your guests without actually sending an invitation. Whether or not you choose to do it is clearly up to you. And there’s nothing wrong with vetoing it.
Although the wedding rules do not dictate the necessity of this, they do dictate when it is appropriate to send one out. Therefore, if you are sending this out, make sure you have the announcement ready, with the appropriate save the date wedding magnets. Ideally, these announcements should be ready to send 6 months before the actual wedding day. This gives your guests adequate time to set the date aside and plan for the event. If your wedding is in less than 6 months, this announcement is probably unnecessary. Instead, make sure to inform any out of state guests. Provide them with adequate details so they can make arrangements to travel if they can attend.
One reason people forgo save the date announcements is because it is an added cost. Wedding announcements are often one of the most expensive aspects of a wedding. When you add up the cost of designing, printing, and mailing, it can get expensive. If you are on a budget, this could be an area to cut. However, you can always minimize the cost by getting a package deal. This allows you to save money because you are bundling expenses for both announcements.
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If you have a larger family, save the date cards may benefit you. One of the issues many couples struggle with is the issue of accommodation. How do you accommodate both families’ schedules – especially if they are large? The answer, in most cases, is that you can’t. With a save the date card, you eliminate arguments about the date. This makes it your decision.
At the end of the day, it is your choice to send a save the date card or not.