You are already planning on sending your wedding invitations out six weeks in advance, so why is your wedding planner recommending you also send out Save the Date announcements? Isn’t six weeks enough time for people to make arrangements to attend the big event? Well, that all depends how bad you actually want them there.
People Have Lives
Sure, maybe you can live your life on a whim, but not everyone is as flexible. Perhaps your guests have jobs that require them to submit all their time off requests at the beginning of the year, or maybe there are some families with kids that need to figure out who is going to babysit while they are away. Even the locals will appreciate the extra time for planning.
Especially During Peak Times
If your wedding is taking place on a holiday weekend or during the summer, you need to give ample time so reservations can be made before the hotels overbook and the flights double in price. And if you are having a destination wedding, you better give them more than six weeks notice.
Send Them Out As Soon As Possible
Unless you are having an extraordinarily long engagement, you should send out the Save the Date announcements as soon as you have all of the details ironed out, with at least six months being the goal. But don’t worry; you don’t have to go all fancy on them. You can create a simple picture postcard with the pertinent details and call it a day. The important thing is that your guests have plenty of time to make any arrangements, travel or otherwise, that they need to attend your wedding.