As we are also doing a long weekend and also have people coming from Germany, we opted for an early invitation for all the German Guests. The RSVP will be done via our online website. It will allow them to get the information in advance, in order to plan their trip.
Save-the-dates were essential for us. Our wedding guests are busy people who plan their summers a year in advance (#Canada), but more importantly, a few of our friends are planning their weddings at the same time - yikes! - and this was a way to win the race, sort of speak. Definitely use an online platform, and be selective on who needs one and who doesn't (A-list, B-list). All in all, it is a good way to book the folks you really want to be there before the finer details like meal choices and times are worked out.
We originally were just gonna use this and send it electronically to friends/family, mostly cause our wedding is on a long weekend so we want to make sure our friends and family don’t make plans to go away we ended up getting a really good deal on prints so we did get them in a hard copy
I only mailed save the dates for my older relatives who wouldn't necessarily be familiar with the website or email options. I have emailed them for people who will be travelling from away and needs time to get time off from work, etc...anyone close to where we live knows by word of mouth anyways so they will get the invite later on as reminder
Save the dates are good for out of town guest. I have people coming from far, so I wanted to give them enough time to take of work.
We did save the dates because we're getting married on Thanksgiving weekend. We wanted our guests to have plenty of time to make travel and accommodation arrangements. We did ours through Staples...$35 plus postage. We had a lot of fun going through photos and reminiscing while making them too 😊
There are free digital save the dates out there. That's what I've used. You can also create a page on Facebook and invite people that way as your save the date. This way, there can also be a link added for you wedding website too.
I'm not doing save the dates but anyone I have invite will know the wedding date because we see them often enough. We may do a digital save the date but no one invited will be more than an hour and a half car ride from us.
Save the dates are a more useful thing if you’re getting married at peak travel times (summer and holidays) but you definitely don’t need to do them. If you want to though, do digital ones to save on the costs.
I agree to save on the Save the Dates to save the cost. Invitations are enough to have guests book their room and airline tickets in time. Responding by email or online is easy as for elders may want to consider cards itself.
I did traditional Save-The-Dates for a few reasons: (1) I wanted to tell people so they could make plans but I still wasn't sure about the specific timeline of the day (2) people like getting mail that isn't bills or advertising (3) they were fun to design and not terribly expensive. There's a bit more flexibility with them than the actual invitations. If you don't want to do them then you definitely don't have to. Just make sure the invitations go out in time for people to plan.
We did not give out save the dates. Our invites were sent out well in advance for people to be able to RSVP and make arrangements, RSVP and info needed is online. Our venue is limited on space so I also needed to give it in advance to make sure that we had time to send more invites if people couldn't make it.
They were send out in August to RSVP by January and Wedding is in April
Yeah save the dates are more common for longer engagements. Ours is 2 years so we're sending them out now (around the 10-month mark) - like the others have said - to give lots of notice and because I'm tired of people asking when the date is. Now they'll know and I'll subsequently have an extra 6 months of no harassment...
We did them because our wedding is in the summer when lots of people plan summer holidays, etc. so we wanted to give people notice so they could arrange to come if they wanted! We sent ours exactly a year in advance but I’d recommend 9-11 months before the wedding. The RSVP is separate. You don’t want to send them too early, people will forget they’ve even RSVP’d.
Save the dates are just to let people know waaay ahead of time to save the date. Whereas with the invites you send them closer to the actual date that people RSVP to. The main reason why I sent save the dates was because I have a couple guests that have to make long distance travel plans, so it gave them more of a heads up and time to save/plan their travel plans