Signed, sealed, delivered—your Save the Dates are officially sent out! This is a major milestone in the planning process. After all that work to decide on the date, coordinate with a venue, narrow down a guest list, and collect all those addresses, you deserve to celebrate! Here’s what you should do after Save the Dates go out:
- Breathe! You have a date. An officially printed, public date that is actually happening. You are getting married! Inhale and forget about all the crazy wedding chaos for a moment; this wedding is definitely happening, and you are set to walk down the aisle with the love of your life.
- Celebrate: we don’t know about you, but it seems to us like this milestone is worthy of a little celebration. Pop the bubbly and enjoy a night in with your bridesmaids, toasting to wedding plans well underway.
- Get ready… for a lot of excited friends and family coming your way. Your loved ones will be thrilled to receive your Save the Dates and mark their calendars. You can expect a lot of excited texts, phone calls, and in-person offers of congratulations as the anticipation for the big day amps up.
- Be conscientious: now that an informal invitation has been sent out, you’ll want to be extra careful in mixed social situations to avoid offending an acquaintance who is not on the recipient list. Don’t talk too much about an occasion that doesn’t include everyone; instead, let people come to you if they want to chat about the wedding.
- Get Organized: if you haven’t already, now is a good time to make sure your guest list is in order. Feel free to use tools from Wedding Wire and The Knot to keep track of your guests; you may want to mark down tentative responses just to give you a better estimate of your final guest count. Of course, there’s no way to know for sure until the formal RSVPs come in, but it may help to have a guesstimate.
The most important thing to do after sending out Save the Dates is to relax and enjoy the ride. Wedding planning can be overwhelming, but engagement is a short season that ought to be celebrated. Savor every moment while you can!