When do I send my wedding invitations?
Wedding invitations should be sent 6-8 weeks before your wedding. Some timelines will say 4-6 weeks before the wedding date but we like to err on the side of caution for two reasons.
1. If you haven’t sent save the dates, sending the wedding invitations 6-8 weeks prior to the wedding date will give your wedding guests plenty of time to make travel arrangements and plan for house/pet/babysitting.
2. You will need to get the wedding RSVPs back in time to give your wedding venue and caterer a head count. Your reply date should be 3-4 weeks before your wedding day. This will give you more time to call guests who don’t respond, which will allow you to finalize your guest count and create a seating arrangement as well as place cards and/or escort cards.
If you’re planning a destination wedding, you will want to send your destination wedding invitations 2-3 months before the date. You should also be sending save the dates 9-12 months before the date so guests have plenty of time to plan and budget.
Couples planning to get married on or near a holiday such as New Year’s Eve should follow the same guidelines as planning a destination wedding. Holidays book fast! Give your guests plenty of time to mark your wedding date on their calendars
P.S. When it comes time to contact guests who haven’t responded to your wedding invitations (yes, it will happen), it’s okay to call, text or email the guest. If you have time, ask them to send you the physical RSVP card so you can keep it for your records.