Wedding invites are one of the most crucial parts of wedding planning. They provide guests with relevant information related to the wedding. Once you are ready with your wedding invitation, you are keen to send out the invites to the guest list. However, one of the most indispensable etiquettes to follow during wedding planning is – when to send out your wedding invitations.
Well, the best time to send out wedding invites is 6-8 weeks prior to the Wedding Date. This will provide your guests with plenty of time to make arrangements for your wedding. Also, you would have sent out Save the Dates 4-6 Months before the Wedding Date. And the right time to request RSVPs is three to four weeks before the wedding. Once you have your final headcount, you can get your finalizing done, contact your vendors, and complete the seating chart.
Your wedding invitation will not only represent your union but also will help your guests to have information about your wedding. So, the proper timeline must be followed while sending out the wedding invites. It will be highly indiscreet to hurt your guests by sending wedding invites too late or too early, for that matter. You must plan it wisely. Here we are sharing with you the Wedding Invitation Etiquette Timeline so that you can communicate with your guests the right way!
You can consider following the wedding invitation timeline mentioned below
When to Send Out Wedding Save The Dates?
Generally, save the dates are sent six to twelve months prior to the Wedding Date. Save the dates should be sent to those whom you want to invite to your wedding or to the people you cannot imagine your big day without. This time is good enough for your guests to make arrangements for your wedding and mark their calendars. Especially the ones who will travel all the way from other countries or states, 4-6 months’ time allow them to book their travel or accommodations. However, if you’re hosting your wedding on a holiday weekend or if you are planning a destination wedding, then sending your save the dates even earlier, like eight to twelve 12 months from your wedding date, is highly recommended.
When to Send Out Wedding Invitations?
Ideally, the wedding invitations are sent six to eight weeks before the wedding date. There is no point in sending wedding invitations months and months in advance. Sending out wedding invitations 6 – 8 weeks before the wedding date allows guests ample time to reply yes or no to the invitation, book travel and accommodation as needed, and purchase a gift for you!
However, if most of your guests will travel from other countries, or if you are hosting a destination wedding, then it’s best to send your wedding invitation 12 weeks before your wedding date.
Apart from this, Bridal shower invitations and rehearsal dinner invitations can also be sent out along with wedding invitation. You can even consider sending them after the wedding invitation. However, most couples prefer to send Bridal shower invitation and rehearsal dinner invitation along with the wedding invitation. You can include them in the enclosure cards of the wedding invitation. Ideally, they are sent out four to six weeks in advance.
When to Ask for RSVPs?
The RSVP is the way for your guest to respond. You can choose to have guests RSVP online or through your wedding website, or you can send RSVP cards along with a pre-addressed envelope along with your wedding invitation. The RSVP date that you select on your response cards will help you get all your finalizing done. The perfect time for an RSVP deadline is about three to four weeks before the wedding date. It not only offers a brief window for guest to receive the wedding invitation and consider their decision but also provide your wedding vendors enough time to order and prepare supplies.
Summing it up…..
So these are the pointers that you should keep in mind while you send out your wedding invitations. Apart from these, the wedding invitation envelopes also play an essential role. They should never be an afterthought. When it comes to addressing a wedding invitation, you need to put as much time into addressing your envelopes as you did into personalizing and assembling the invitations. Remember that before your wedding invitations can be dropped in the mailbox, they have to be addressed. And, this can be very time consuming, especially when you plan to write all the envelopes. Whether you plan to address your invitations on your own or hire a professional for the task, know that you’ll need to set aside the right amount of time for that.
Happy Wedding…. ☺ ☺