ANNOUNCE YOUR WEDDING DATE
Generally, the first people you should tell will be your parents, preferably in person but over the phone is fine if they live far away. The only exception to this rule is if you have children from a previous marriage; they should always be told your wedding date first.
After your parents, the next people to inform of your wedding date are your maid of honour, the best man, and your siblings.
Your other guests will probably hear the news on the grapevine, and you can tell them when you happen to see or speak to them, but it’s not necessary to inform them officially until you send your save the date cards or your invitations.
SEND ‘SAVE THE DATE’ CARDS
Sending a card to announce your wedding date around six months in advance is becoming more common for several reasons. With an increase in destination weddings guests may need more time to make travel arrangements and to request time off work. Because your guests have busier schedules, it’s a good idea to let them know your wedding date as soon as possible; especially if you are getting married in a high wedding or holiday season.
Remember, if you send someone a save the date card, you are obliged to invite them to the wedding so finalize your guest list before you send out save the date cards and don’t send them to your reserve list.
Also be clear about who will be invited on your save the date cards to avoid confusion (ie. children).