Save the dates tend to be one of those annoying extra costs that you feel like are totally unnecessary, but they are. Contrary to popular belief, they actually serve a purpose besides sitting on the fridge until the invitation comes. It is important to send them out in order for your traveling guests to be able to plan ahead. Some people may need to fly, get a hotel, find a babysitter, and take off of work! Wedding invitations typically are not sent out until about two or three months before the big day, which definitely is not enough time. Yes, it can become expensive, but you can ditch the whole “engagement photoshoot magnet” save the date trend and just send out a simple card to save money. Take your guests into consideration. You know you want all of them to make it!