When do I send my wedding invitations? You have, Save the Dates, RSVP and even Thank you Cards to think of sending, it can get overwhelming. However, today we are laying it out with a timeline on wedding stationary. Here is what we think is best but if you are a bit late – no worries just get it out in the mail! Note we even have two timelines – we have out of town guest or destination wedding compared to your local peeps.
SAVE THE DATE
The Save the date gives your guest a friendly heads-up on when the wedding is taking place! They are not always necessary, but it’s great for guest planning vacations, work, school, etc.
Destination 8-12 months
Local 6-8 months
It’s important to remember to send invitations out early to your out of town guest so they have time to line up travel plans. If you are sending RSVP it’s even more important you send out earlier (7-8 week mark) to your local guest to have enough time to drop the RSVP in the mail. Plus it will help you later when trying to track down the guest count.
Destination 3-4 months
Local 4-8 weeks
Your RSVP deadline will depend on how much lead time your wedding professional needs – the FINAL GUSET COUNT. Typically you are looking at two weeks prior to wedding date. Give yourself some wiggle room to allow time to call guest you have not heard back from before you give the final count.
Destination 3-5 weeks
Local 2-3 weeks
Believe it or not, you’ll start receiving gifts before you even walk down the aisle! Guests who aren’t able to attend the wedding will send gifts prior to the wedding date. Do yourself a favor and send thank you cards immediately. It will help later when trying to remember who sent one and when you have a large pile after the wedding. Once you’re back from the honeymoon, get those Thank you cards done- remember no later than four weeks after the wedding.
Remember the goal is to get your wedding stationary done within the time frame. Obviously the earlier the better but set yourself up by day one of engagement by starting to collect addresses and from both wedding sides - spread sheets make everything easier!