December 4, 2019
Almost every one of my brides asks me when I recommend sending out save-the-dates for their wedding day, as well as when they need to have their engagement session done in order to send them out on time.
Some brides also ask how necessary save-the-dates are and if they should even send them out! It’s a valid question because it’s not always necessary! I generally recommend this: if your wedding is local, save-the-dates should be sent between 6 – 8 months before the wedding. For a destination wedding, I recommend sending them between 8 – 10 months before the wedding. You could even send them out as soon as you get engaged even if it’s longer than 10 months! It’s totally up to you how far in advance you want your guests to know the date for travel plans. If you’re having a really short engagement (maybe 5 months or less), you can decide if it’s even worth it to send them out or not; you could simply send your actual wedding invitations earlier than the recommended (6 – 8 weeks before for local weddings and 3 months before for destination weddings).
I’m sure you’ll probably want to use your engagement photos for your save-the-dates, so consider the time frames above with when you want to plan your engagement session! I usually recommend scheduling your session about two months before you’d like to send save-the-dates. Usually this is more than enough time between possibly rescheduling due to bad weather, editing, delivering, designing the save-the-dates, then ordering and delivering!