Save the Dates for Weddings
Save the dates help your guests to plan their schedules. If you are planning a small wedding that is local to your family and friends, you may not even need to send Save the Dates. You can pocket the extra money and spend it on your honeymoon or furniture, etc.
However, if your are planning a larger wedding and need to know an exact count of attendees for the caterer, etc., or if you are planning a wedding where your guests need to travel a distance, make reservations, and/or your wedding date is near the same time as a major holiday, then Save the Dates are recommended.
A good rule of thumb is to send out these informational announcements three to six months in advance. If the bridal party also needs to make travel arrangements and/or there are a large number of people that need to make travel arrangements, then you might need to send them out six to eight months in advance. A wedding that requires airplane or train travel should allow more time than for ones that only need to make hotel reservations. Include a holiday time; then add additional time for that.
A tip is to not send them out with Christmas mail, but to wait until after the first of the year, so that they don’t get loss with any of the holiday mail shuffle.
Options for Save the Dates include postcards which are also the most economical. Notecards can be sent with or without stickers and/or magnets.
Save the Date Stickers give the guests a handy reminder to place on their calendar. The magnets can be placed on refrigerators as a handy reminder and also serves as keepsakes. Guests can also display their postcard in a place that they can easily see.
There is no one right way, just the way that works best for you and your fiancée. The idea is just to make things easier – to help your guests have time to make their plans.