Your first step in getting your guests involved in your wedding is sending them the wedding save the date card. It is an informal notice which is mailed prior to the formal wedding invitations to officially announce your wedding date before your guests. Your guests come to know that they will be invited to your wedding and hence got enough time to prepare their schedules for your big day.
Why save the date cards
Since the destination wedding and three day weekends have become the trend, a save the date has become an expected courtesy. By sending your guests these cards, you can help them to make proper arrangements and traveling schedules for your wedding, in their busy life.
When to send
Generally, save the date cards should be mailed eight to nine months before your big day. If your guests are mostly local and minority traveling, then the cards should be sent six months before. However, if your wedding is less than six months away, then skip sending save the date cards and send your wedding invitations a little early.
Whom to send
Send them only to the people you really want to invite. Even if you have got confirmation from any of your guests about their presence at your wedding, still you need to send them a save the date. Make sure that once these are in the mail, there’s really no turning back so send them to those that you definitely want to attend your wedding.
What to include
A very fine detail of your wedding is included in your save the date cards. The names of bride and groom, date, location and wedding website (optional) are included in save the date. There can be a note like “Formal invitation to follow” to indicate that your wedding invitation will be sent soon.