To all the newly engaged couples, congratulations! We are so happy for you. After you’ve taken some time to enjoy your brand new engagement, share the news with your friends and family and let it sink in! Catch your breath… Some of your biggest and the first decisions can wait as they require much though and should not be rushed. Most importantly the where and when. You’re going to be anxious to let everyone know (or people may make you anxious by asking you) but I recommend you don’t rush unless you’re under very specific time constraints or want a very specific venue in the height of the season. Couples sometimes change dates, venues, budgets, guest lists and plans in general and having to backtrack and correct this information can be timely and costly.
Also with the abundance of mail generated by the holidays, post offices are busy and mailboxes are full. Depending on when your wedding is, I recommend waiting until after the holidays to send save the dates in the mail. This will help prevent them from getting lost in the mail or mixed in with holiday cards. Also people will be more excited to receive personal mail once the abundance of holiday cards received is over. Also, if you’re planning a destination wedding or a wedding that will require guests to travel, introducing this expense during an already expensive month may add stress to the season.
Lastly, the save the date is the first visual item your guests will see in terms of your wedding. Take the time to think about the vision, décor and aesthetic of your wedding. Also bundling all your wedding’s stationery items (invites, programs, place cards, etc) with one vendor will guarantee a cohesive look and feel and often will be more cost effective the piecing together items from various people and places.
Best of luck and enjoy your engagement!