There was a time that a wedding invitation was all that was sent to guests to let them know the time, place and date of an upcoming wedding.  But with many couples choosing to tie the knot away from their hometowns save the date cards have started to fly off the shelves and are one of the first things to be decided upon.  Are they worth sending?

That does depend on several factors.

If your wedding is not for another twelve months or more than it is probably a good idea to send a save the date to let your guests know there is only one place they should be on that date.  It is also great for guests who maybe travelling a far distance or even from abroad to attend and gives them plenty of time to source flights, accommodation and some free time before and after the wedding.  For weddings that are going to be held abroad this will also give those coming with you enough time to sort out their arrangements to either travel directly to the destination or first travel to you and then onto the destination.  These types of bookings are a little more complicated than a package holiday and the more time you give guests to sort out what they need to do the better.  They may also need to start saving some pennies too!

This will also help other couples who might also be planning their own big day and avoid guests invited to both weddings having to choose which one to go to.  You want them to attend both and so do they.

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Another reason to give them a thought is if your date will coincide with the popular holiday periods such as half-term holidays, the summer months, Christmas and Easter.  If your guests are looking at booking a holiday around about the same time, with pre-warning they can avoid the date you are getting married and enjoy both the holiday and wedding.

If none of the above apply to your wedding that doesn’t mean you cannot send out save the date cards.  They are a great way to announce your wedding to family and friends and can be as fun as you want them to be.  Why not check out our Pinterest board with lots of save the date ideas from fridge magnets to bookmarks to balloons.

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