For those of you who just can't decide if a save-the-date is necessary, here are few samples, and below that some common scenarios when save-the-dates can be especially helpful:
Photos courtesy of Erin Jean Photography.1. Send save-the-dates if you are having a destination wedding. Your guests may need to make travel arrangements well in advance of your big day, so some advance notice would be appreciated.
2. Send save-the-dates if you are getting married on or near a holiday. Guests may have to alter their holiday plans, so give them plenty of time to do so.
3. Send save-the-dates if you are having a Friday wedding. Although Friday weddings are becoming more and more popular, many of your guests will have to take Friday off of work, so give enough time to schedule this extra vacation.
4. Send save-the-dates if half or more of your guests are traveling from out of town or state. This, like Friday weddings, may require time taken off of work.
5. Send save-the-dates if you are having a theme wedding or a black tie affair. When it comes down to shopping for the perfect cocktail gown or trying to determine who to dress like for an "Old Hollywood" themed wedding, your guests will need time to shop around and make their decisions.
Even if you don't fit into any of the categories above, sending save-the-dates may still be something you have your heart set on. Go for it! Just remember, the purpose of sending them out is to give your guests an early announcement of your day to come. Send them out between 4 and 8 months prior to your wedding date - your guests will welcome the extra time you've given them to plan.