wedding 101::save the dates

The Save the Dates pictured below were designed by our September ’09 clients, Brittany+Hachem, and were the first glimpse guests got into the modern destination wedding they planned on the shore of Lake Michigan!
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What are Save the Dates?
Save the Dates (or STD’s) are used to give guests extra time to prepare for your wedding. They allow guests to mark the date on their calendar, get extra time off of work and make travel accommodations. They are also the very first glimpse of your wedding your guests may receive!

Who Should Send out Save the Dates?
Save the Date cards should be sent out if you are hosting a wedding on a holiday weekend, or are planning a destination wedding.  You do not need to send out Save the Dates if you are hosting a wedding in your local area on a Saturday. Save the Dates should be utilized in situations where your wedding may require guests to take extra time off of work (ie. a Friday or Sunday wedding) or make travel or hotel accommodations. But, if you’re having a wedding on a Saturday and are staying local, feel free to send out Save the Dates if you would like to give your guests an early heads up…there’s no harm in sharing your excitement with your guests a little early!

When Should Save the Dates be Sent?
Save the Dates should be sent approximately 6 months prior to the wedding date for weddings being held on a holiday weekend or a non-Saturday. For destination weddings requiring guests to travel (especially if airfare is required), Save the Dates should be sent out 9-12 months prior!

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