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So, you have the ring and you’re super excited and you can’t wait to start planning.

Now what?

Most people would tell you to start selecting your save-the-dates. Before you start working on that, let’s analyze some things:

-Are you doing a destination wedding that will require your guests to travel a long distance and spend a good amount of money to get there?

-Are you getting married during a holiday weekend?

-Are you getting married during a three-day weekend?

If you said yes to any of these situations, then you should probably send a save-the date.

But, if you’re getting married in your home-town and people are driving an hour or two in order to attend your wedding, then  you can hold off on the save-the-date. It’s really not necessary. The tradition of sending the save-the-dates was really to give guests a heads up that you were planning, for example, a wedding in Hawaii that would require them to save their money AND make travel arrangements far in advance of the date.

In addition, you may not want EVERYONE to save the date for your wedding. As a planner, I’ve seen multiple brides say, “Well, we really only want to have 100 people at the wedding, so maybe lots of the people on our guest list won’t come.” Read More

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