When you’re deciding the timeline of all of your pre-wedding milestones, from when your engagement party should be to when you’ll getaway with your girlfriends for a weekend of bachelorette shenanigans, one thing you might think about is whether or not to send save-the-dates.

A save-the-date is a brief invitation that’s usually sent as a postcard to alert your guests that they are invited to your wedding, what the date and location will be, and that you’ll be in touch in the future with more details.

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Save The Date Mahesh & Surya By Team Pixelworld. Location: Ponkunnam.

Usually, couples send out save the dates a few months after they have been engaged, usually with a recent engagement photo on it, so that guests can get a sneak peek at the couple after the question has been popped.

But sending out save-the-dates isn’t mandatory, and for some, it might not be necessary. Here is a breakdown the of the pros and cons of sending out save-the-dates early on in your wedding adventure.

People’s calendars fill up fast. One of the benefits of sending save-the-dates is that you can alert guests of your wedding date and location. That way, they can jump on booking travel and accommodations for the weekend.

The sooner they know this information, the sooner they can set travel alerts to get good deals on attending your wedding, if it’s far away for them. If it’s nearby, they can simply mark it on their calendar and be thankful that you gave them a heads up.

Since people often get invited to several weddings a year or big commitments, having your wedding day marked on their calendar will give them a chance to say no to other events that pop up over the months.

Without a save-the-date, they might say yes to a conference or book a family vacation over that time frame, leaving them unable to attend your big day.

In addition to having your guest list squared away, you’ll have to know your wedding details early on too. That means settling on a date and your venue, both things that will be very hard to change after you send a save-the-date.

So if those are areas where you’re dragging your feet, you might want to skip the save the dates and just send out the official invitation especially if the wedding is just a few months away.