Weddings & "Save-the-Date" Cards? Save Your Money!
Don't Waste Money on Save-the-Date Cards!
When save-the-date cards first came about, they had a definite purpose. Brides- and grooms-to-be sent them to their guests if their wedding took place in a resort town during "season", for example, or near holiday times.
The cards were sent well in advance of the wedding to give guests plenty of notice of the wedding date, since the engaged couple realized that airfare and lodging would be difficult to reserve.
The Evolution of Save-the-Date Cards...
For some reason, save-the-date cards turned into a tradition like wedding invitations. The majority of brides- and grooms-to-be send them today, no matter when their wedding is held. This defeats the purpose of save-the-date cards.
Save-the-date cards are expensive. Postage is expensive. Why send them if you don't need to?
Why Send Save-the-Date Cards When You Have a Wedding Invitation?
If your wedding doesn't fall near holiday times, or in a resort area in "season", or at any time or place that doesn't require extra time to book airfare or lodging, then don't send save-the-date cards!
Wedding invitations, if they're sent when they should be, give guests plenty of time to respond and to make hotel reservations and travel arrangements.
P.S. Invitations should be sent to out-of-town guests eight to twelve weeks in advance of the respond date (usually two weeks before the wedding date), and for local guests, four to six weeks in advance of the respond date.