I know next summer seems very far away, and honestly it is strange to think about the summer when I am drinking a big cup of hot coffee while wearing boots and a scarf. But for all you newly engaged couples starting to plan your 2012 summer nuptials, it is time to imagine those warm months and start thinking about your save the dates!
The best time of year to send out your save the dates, if you are getting married in the summer, is right after the holidays in January or February. This is the time that people begin to plan their upcoming year and the trips they will take. If you send them during the holidays, there is a good chance your save the date could get lost within the piles of holiday cards or forgotten during the hustle and bustle of the holidays (and that would be sad!)
Why send out save the dates you might ask? Because you want people to attend your wedding! If you are getting married, let’s say on a Saturday in August (which is a fantastic time to get married in Oregon), then there is a good chance that many of your guests will get other save the dates for the same weekend. And you want make sure all those wonderful people come to your wedding!
The other important reason to send a save the date is to give your guests enough time to be able to book hotels, make travel arrangements, and get excited about your big day. As wedding invitations get sent out 6-8 weeks prior to your wedding, this doesn’t give your out of town guests a lot of time if there was no save the date.
We have a lot of great options for Save the Dates at The Wedding Cottage and we are happy to help you pick out the perfect one! We are also here to help answer any questions you might have, and get excited with you about all your wedding plans!