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Necessary or Not: Save the Dates?

Kelly, on February 19, 2019 at 11:05 AM

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Are you planning to send save the dates to your guests to get on their calendars early? Or are you skipping them and just sending invitations? Photo by After A While Crocodile in FL Next Question: Necessary or Not: Photo Booth? Back to the Beginning: Necessary or Not?

Are you planning to send save the dates to your guests to get on their calendars early? Or are you skipping them and just sending invitations?


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Photo by After A While Crocodile in FL


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140 Comments

  • M
    Dedicated April 2019
    Melissa ·
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    Skipped them, I just verbally told people.
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  • none
    Just Said Yes October 2019
    none ·
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    I'm skipping it to save money! A lot of these paper costs are unnecessary. Most of guests are within a couple hours drive of the venue. My few out of town guests ive just told via text message, which gets the job done just as well as a cute little paper sent via mail, except with texting I can acfually talk about it and its received immediately.
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  • Porterpoppin
    VIP March 2019
    Porterpoppin ·
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    Necessary depending on timing & location! We sent them because we have been engaged for a while and had a wedding date change so I wanted to make sure my guests knew it was foreal this time lol

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  • Josee
    Savvy February 2020
    Josee ·
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    I wouldn’t say necessary but we’re sending them out, I think this is one you could have lots of fun with!
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  • Trisha
    Just Said Yes April 2019
    Trisha ·
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    I sent them and I'm really glad I did because I ended up getting the invites out a little late. At least people know when it would be and were able plan in advance for it.
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  • J
    Savvy May 2019
    Jane ·
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    I think it depends on many factors, but we are doing a free online save the date mailing as a formality. It’s more of a heads up to everyone to put in their calendars.
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  • Kristy
    Dedicated April 2019
    Kristy ·
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    Very necessary! People's calendars get filled up so quickly these days... we would have half the turnout at our wedding if we hadn't sent save-the-dates.

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  • MrsV1027
    Master October 2018
    MrsV1027 ·
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    We just sent our invites early instead of STD's. We didn't want to spend the extra money and didn't have a big guest list so it would have been a waste for us.

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  • Natalie
    Beginner May 2019
    Natalie ·
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    Waste of money imo. I just sent out our wedding invitations early. It allowed me to have a little bit more freedom in how I designed our invites. Everyone who was coming to our wedding new well in advance if they were coming or not and yes, our wedding is considered a destination wedding.
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  • Kelly
    Legend October 2022
    Kelly ·
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    That's awesome!! I'm so glad the digital route worked out well for you! That's a good point, stationary can be so expensive!

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  • Kelly
    Legend October 2022
    Kelly ·
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    Makes sense, I think that works great for your situation as it gives your guests time to plan travel!

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  • Kelly
    Legend October 2022
    Kelly ·
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    That seems to be the popular thing to do nowadays! I feel like it's nice to start getting head counts earlier on!

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  • Devon
    Beginner October 2019
    Devon ·
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    We have ordered them and are in the process of addressing them to send out. we think they're necessary, mainly because our families are full of forgetful people.

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  • M
    Dedicated August 2019
    Madison ·
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    I think that I feel your wedding is on a holiday weekend or if there will be guests coming from out of town, do save the dates. If not, just send the invites six months before the wedding or ASAP.

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  • K
    Just Said Yes October 2019
    Kali ·
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    So not nessecary! We just sent out our invite and RSVP’s super early!
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  • Ellie
    Devoted January 2020
    Ellie ·
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    Definitely necessary in my opinion, especially if you're planning your wedding during a non-peak wedding season. You want to give your guests the opportunity to make themselves available or just plan around it in case traveling is necessary. It might help them save on flights and hotels for example to book early.

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  • Kristen
    Just Said Yes September 2019
    Kristen ·
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    We sent them because we gave a lot of out of town guests and wanted them to have time to plan. Plus it made it real for me, no more changes.
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  • Jahnese
    Beginner October 2019
    Jahnese ·
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    For destination weddings absolutely. But if the wedding is local to the bride and groom, I don’t think they are a requirement
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  • Katie
    Savvy August 2019
    Katie ·
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    Only for “core” guests - everyone else can be told in person or informally by phone.
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  • Stephanie
    Dedicated May 2022
    Stephanie ·
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    Im sending them. Sometimes people really need advance notice to get off, plus its a semi destination wedding so it'll really help.
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