Last Updated: Jan 30, 2018
Wedding invitations are one of the most essential parts of planning a wedding. They not only provide your guests with pertinent information, but also give them a glimpse into what the big day is going to be all about.
After falling head over heels for your wedding invites, you’ll be eager to get them in the mail and into the hands of your friends and family. The question is, when is the perfect time? With wedding invitation wording and etiquette, styles and trends constantly evolving, it can be difficult for the modern bride and groom to keep up with what’s hot or not and most importantly, what’s correct.
Whether it was the natural beauty of a garden wedding invitation that caught your eye or the vintage elements of a rustic wedding invitation that made you go with that design, the rules for when to send wedding invites remain rooted in old tradition. This part of the wedding planning process doesn’t necessarily require Pinterest boards or a vision, but it does require proper knowledge of wedding invitation etiquette. Assure that your day-of details get to where they’re going and do so with the perfect timing thanks to our guidelines regarding when to send out wedding invitations.
Timing is Everything: When to Send Out Wedding Invitations
Wedding invitations should be sent out between six to eight weeks before the wedding. This will provide your guests with ample time to make arrangements and mark their calendars, no matter where they might be traveling from or what they’ve got going on. If you’re planning a destination wedding, give guests more time to clear their schedules and send your invitations out three months before the wedding. Seeing as everyone will be traveling for the big day, it’s a good idea to stick to the notion of ‘the sooner the better.’
For special cases like last minute nuptials when you’re crunched for time, just remember to keep your guests in mind. Get you invites out as soon as possible, for your own sake too! You’ll feel rest assured once you get a final headcount, contact vendors and finalize the seating chart. The RSVP date you select on your response cards will help you get all your finalizing done. Optimal timing for an RSVP deadline is about two to three weeks prior to the wedding.
Keep in mind that before your invites can be dropped in the mailbox, they’ll need to be addressed. This can be very time consuming, especially if you are trying your hand at calligraphy. Whether you’re addressing your invitations on your own or hiring a professional to work magic, you’ll need to set aside the right amount of time to do so. See how long it takes you to write a couple or consult with your calligrapher and set aside the proper amount of time to do so.
These invitations will not only represent your union and one-of-a-kind love, but they will also fill your guests in on a ton of crucial information and not to mention, excite them for what’s to come! In the midst of all you pre-wedding stress, it’s worth the while to make sure your invites get the extra special attention they deserve. Allow these mailing guidelines to help you get your invites on their way!
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