Many couples choose to tie the knot on a holiday because it means a lot to them. The Fourth of July, Memorial Day, New Year’s Eve and Christmas are all common holidays on which to say “I do.” It’s no wonder why brides and grooms want their weddings to overlap with the holidays. Getting married on the Fourth of the July means having fireworks to close out your big day, Memorial Day gives you and your guest an extra day to relax, New Year’s Eve comes with plenty of sparkle and shine as well as a fun celebration at midnight, and there’s just something so romantic and whimsical about Christmas.

Before sending out wedding invitations, it’s important to give your guests a heads up about your big day with save the dates. Holiday save the dates should be put out in the mail about six to eight months before the wedding, treating them the same way as destination wedding save the dates. This is earlier than traditional save the dates go out, but it gives your guests enough time to make arrangements for those three day weekends. Many people make plans for these major holidays way ahead of time, like hosting a Memorial Day barbecue or heading out of town to see family around Christmas, so you want to catch them before they make any big changes to their calendars. It wouldn’t be appropriate to spring your big day on them only a few months in advance, making them cancel their plans, which can cause unnecessary stress.

Include any special information
On your holiday save the dates, you obviously want to include the date of your nuptials, the names of you and your spouse-to-be, and the location of the event. Then your loved ones can make flight and hotel arrangements way ahead of time and find the best deals.

Add your wedding website
If you and your fiance have created a wedding website for your nuptials, print the URL on your save the dates so that your loved ones can head to the site for additional information they may need, like hotel recommendations or the time of the event.

Follow up
You’ll want to follow up with formal invitations about two months before the wedding. This offers a more structured schedule of everything that’s going to go down on your big day, helping your guests plan appropriately and know where to go and when.

Are you tying the knot on a holiday weekend? Share your thoughts with us!