Wedding Planning Q&A: Save the Dates

Since my last Wedding Planning Q&A post (which may have been slightly longer ago than I thought!) I’ve received several emails requesting wedding planning advice and guidance.

I’ve responded directly to these queries and thought it would helpful to share some of them with you in the hope that they may solve any similar wedding planning dilemmas.

Today I’m starting off with the age old question, and one which I am currently talking to two of my 2015 Brides about…

Should you send out Save the Dates?

Wedding Planning Q&A Save the Dates Katrina Otter Weddings

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If you ask this question to a number of people you will definitely get a mixed response.

Personally, if you have the time and budget then I would advise sending out Save the Dates for a number of reasons…

  • People lead busy lives and if your friends and family have schedules anything like my own then they will definitely appreciate the heads up!
  • Sending out Save the Dates will give you an early indication of numbers and a rough idea of who may not be able to attend…saving you time in the long run
  • They increase the chances of those people who are nearest and dearest to you being able to attend your wedding as once they have the date pencilled in their diary they are more likely to schedule other occasions and holidays around you and your wedding
  • They get people excited about your Big Day…including you!
  • They often set the tone for your wedding
  • They allow your guests to plan ahead and book accommodation / make travel arrangements (if required) before prices go up or accommodation gets fully booked.

And if you’re having a destination wedding then sending out Save the Dates is a MUST!

Wedding Planning Q&A Save the Dates

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If you do decide to send Save the Dates then there are certain questions that often get asked as a result:

When should you send them?

This will depend on the location and date of your wedding.

As a rough guide I would advise sending Save the Dates at least six months prior to your Big Day.

If your wedding is being held overseas or on a major holiday then you will need to give guests more notice…ideally at least nine months.

Who should you send them to?

Anyone you’re 100% sure you want to invite to your wedding!

Make it clear on the Save the Date who is invited (+1’s, children etc.).

And once you’ve sent someone a Save the Date you are then obliged to send them a Wedding Invitation.

Should they match your décor / colour scheme?

It’s totally up to you! With so many options now available for Save the Dates the question of whether you match them to your décor and colour scheme or even the rest of your invitation suite is totally up to you and your personal preference!

I really do hope this helps.

BUT, if you find yourself stressed or in need of further guidance the please do get in touch – I’d be more than happy to help!

Until next time,

Kat x

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