Wedding planning is one big timeline. From the time you decide on a date, you'll want to work backwards to figure everything out, but it doesn't have to be intimidating. We are big believers of planning ahead at Fig. 2 and like to be organized which makes things easier for our couples, for us, and for our vendors. As a wedding invitations designer, one of the top questions I'm asked is, "When should I send out my invitations?". Oddly enough I answer with two key questions back: "Will you be sending out Save the Date cards?" and "Are you planning a destination wedding, and/or will most of your guests be traveling to the wedding?"
Typically, wedding invitations are sent out 6-8 weeks in advance. However, if you are having a destination wedding, or if most of your guests will be traveling, I suggest sending your wedding invitations out 3 months in advance. Save the Date cards are a nice to have in most cases, but if you're planning a destination wedding, sending a Save the Date 6-8 months in advance is a considerate gesture that your guests will appreciate. Your Save the Date should give them a general location (city, state, or country) and the date of your wedding which in turn will help them mark their calendars and make all the travel arrangements necessary.
To see some examples of our favorite Save the Date designs that won't pigeon hole you into a definitive look, be sure to check out these ideas. Clean, classic, and simple Save the Date's are effective in communicating the most important information to ensure your friends and family save YOUR date!