As a general rule, you can start sending save the dates six months before your wedding or up to a year in advance for a destination wedding. The key is not to send them too early because people may toss them aside or your wedding day details may change. Always be sure your plans are set in stone and that you only send save the dates to guests you would never think of not having at your wedding – bridal party, family and very close friends. You also want to be sure not to send them too late because you don’t want save the dates to overshadow your actual invitations.
Save the dates should include the basic information for your wedding day – your names (duh!), the date with year included and the location, feel free to be as specific (Saint Stephen’s Catholic Church, Columbus, Ohio) or as general (Cleveland, Ohio) as you would like. If you have room and feel that save the dates might confuse your guests, you also have the option to include the phrase “Formal Invitation to Follow”.
I recently entered a few seasonal save the date designs in the current Minted Design Challenge – Minted is an online store that offers unique stationery from different independent brands and designers, if you haven’t heard of it you absolutely must check it out – which is being judged by Style Me Pretty’s Abby Larson. Here are a few of the gorgeous save the dates that Minted currently sells: