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Newbie Bride October 2022 Hampshire

When to send out invites..?

Lisab, 13 March 2021 at 22:26 Posted on Wedding Planning 0 24
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Hi all,


We’re not getting married until 1st Oct 2022 and it’s a local wedding. Is it worth sending save the dates these days and if so how far in advance are people sending them out? Equally when should we send the actual invites out? I’m getting conflicting info online. Be great to know what people’s thoughts are and what you’re doing Smiley smile Thanks in advance!

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Latest activity by Hannah, 8 April 2021 at 09:24
  • Hannah
    Savvy Bride April 2022 Shropshire
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    Hey! I’m getting married in April 2022 and we sent our save the dates around December time. We wouldn’t have usually done this, but with Covid and so many plans changing, we wanted to mark people’s card early on!


    Keen to hear what people say about invites though. I’m thinking of sending them summer time but not sure if it’s too early? However lots of people will be travelling so I want to allow enough time to book accommodation!
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  • Lisab
    Newbie Bride October 2022 Hampshire
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    I wanted to send my save the dates now because of that very reason, but thinking maybe to wait a couple of months then. Yes invites is a funny one, I thought maybe 9 months before so people who aren’t local have time to get a hotel etc sorted but not sure if this is still too early...
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  • Jacky
    Savvy Bride June 2022 West Yorkshire
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    We're getting married in June 2022 and are just in the process of sending out our save the dates. In normal times I would have waited a bit longer but am worried a lot of people will be looking at booking holidays next year and our wedding falls on a double Bank Holiday.

    In terms of the main invitations we're thinking maybe 3-4 months before.
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  • Yorkshirelass
    Savvy Bride July 2022 Surrey
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    We are getting married in July 2022 and I am organising Save the Dates now, we have had them printed and I intend to send them out in next few weeks. I have already had a Save the Date card for an August 2022 wedding (so after ours) and this arrived in Dec 2020! So everyone is doing things earlier at the moment. There is no right and wrong answer. We will probably send the actual invites out beginning of 2022.

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  • Lisab
    Newbie Bride October 2022 Hampshire
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    That’s helpful, thank you. It sounds like because of Covid postponements/making future plans that people are sending out save the dates a little earlier than maybe they normally would, so I think I will send them out in a couple of months time just to be sure.
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    Newbie Bride June 2022 West Midlands
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    We are getting married June 2022 and we started sending save the dates this week as know friends have stated booking summer holidays for next yr. We are thinking of sending out our invites towards the end of Jan 2022, for people traveling to sort out accommodation and hopefully after Christmas will give something for people to look forward too Xx
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    Curious Bride November 2022 Northamptonshire
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    Hiya! We're getting married in November 2022 and we're in the process of gathering together addresses for the save the dates and sending a few out slowly just to get the ball rolling really! Never thought it'd take so long to get everyone's addresses haha! We've done it earlier than usual as our families are spread out up and down the UK so gives them a bit of notice Smiley smile
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  • Lisab
    Newbie Bride October 2022 Hampshire
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    That makes sense. It’s nice to get it out there and make it kind of official! ☺️ I’m looking forward to that. Thinking of doing online save the dates but still undecided. Going to send them out within the next few weeks I think. Exciting!
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    Hi, darling. If you send out save the dates, then you don’t need to send out your invitations with all the details until you’re ready. Mind you, I wouldn’t send them out any later than 3 months prior since that gives you very little time to work on the seating chart (trust me, I should know lol).

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  • Charlotte
    Newbie Bride April 2022 Powys
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    I'm getting married April 2022, sent out our save the dates last month and people have started booking accommodation as soon as they received them. I don't think most people would wait until getting the formal invite to book accommodation as nowadays a save the date is pretty much an invite guaranteed

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  • Aiyesha
    Newbie Bride March 2022 Hampshire
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    Our wedding is March 2022 and glad I read this as felt sending my save the dates was too early but actually going to send them in next 2 weeks then send actual invites in December/January❤️
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  • Lisab
    Newbie Bride October 2022 Hampshire
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    You’ve done well if you’ve had them sat there and not sent them. I’m not sure I would have been able to hold back! Ha! How long have you had your venue booked for?
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    Newbie Bride August 2022 Kent
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    We have a July 2022 wedding planned and I am sending save the dates in 2 weeks. People are already getting summer hols/festivals booked for next year so got to get my skates on! I'll send invitations out 6 months before xx

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  • Stacey203
    Newbie Bride June 2022 West Yorkshire
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    Jacky - between the 1st and the 4th?
    Our wedding date is 1st June so we have the full 4 day weekend before going back to work (I'm a teacher so can't have any longer off).

    We have just about finalised our venue plan (we have two to choose from) so I'm conflicted to just do away with save the dates and go straight to the invites. 🤷
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  • Stacey203
    Newbie Bride June 2022 West Yorkshire
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    Also - do you send save the dates to day time (full day) guests only. I'm clueless 🤦
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  • Jacky
    Savvy Bride June 2022 West Yorkshire
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    I'm on the 4th. Booked before the bank holiday was announced but will be good to have a few days off leading into it!

    We need to wait to send full invites as we're going to have a menu choice but won't do a tasting until nearer the time. I also think that a year is a long time - you might meet new people / like old people less so I want to hold off until a bit closer to the time.

    We sent out save the dates just to day guests. Anyone we weren't 100% sure about (as we are limited on space) we didn't send to. Will then send the main invites out in two batches so we can upgrade people if others can't make it without making them feel like they were second tier Smiley xd

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  • Paige
    Curious Bride August 2023 Berkshire
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    I am getting married in August 2023 and am planning on sending the save the dates out this August. This is partly a personal choice to give our family plenty of notice for the day and a practical one as some of my family work for the police force/ NHS and can require up to a years notice to get their holiday approved - this may be something to consider for your guests?

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  • Lisab
    Newbie Bride October 2022 Hampshire
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    I think most people only send them out to people invited to the day. That’s what I’m doing, and then will send separate day and eve invites out closer to the time ☺️
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  • Stacey203
    Newbie Bride June 2022 West Yorkshire
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    All of what you all have said makes perfect sense now.
    We too have a menu choice so that's a thought about sending the menu out with the main invites. And I love the part about adding the extra people if others cant make it 😁

    I best start planning my save the dates. Did you guys make them, buy them already made or a mix when you created then printed them?
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  • Lisab
    Newbie Bride October 2022 Hampshire
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    I had no idea these professions needed so much notice for holiday. We do have a day guest who works for the NHS as well. Good to know, thank you.
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  • Jacky
    Savvy Bride June 2022 West Yorkshire
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    Yeah, I thought it would be easier to do it all together, then people only have to reply once.

    We ordered ours from etsy: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/NIVIDESIGN1?ref=simple-shop-header-name&listing_id=922216106. The seller was really helpful and let us mix and match between the cards and magnets. I was really happy with how they turned out Smiley smile

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  • Chloe
    Newbie Bride October 2022 West Midlands
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    I'm glad I'm not the only one thinking this. Our wedding is October next year also. Just worried about people booking hotels 🙈🙈
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  • Stacey203
    Newbie Bride June 2022 West Yorkshire
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    Oh wow. They are really pretty. I love the magnet idea. Xx
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    Newbie Bride June 2017 New Jersey
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    The best day is the wedding day

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