Wedding Invitation Etiquette
When Should You Send Out Your Wedding Invitations?
One piece of important etiquette to follow is when to send out your wedding invitations. It can be inconsiderate to send out your invites too late (or too early, for that matter). Follow the Wedding Invitation Etiquette below to make sure you’re communicating with your guests in the right way, at the best time.
Step 1: When to Send Out Save The Dates
4-6 Months from Wedding Date
The general rule of etiquette is that you should send save the dates to guests around four to six months before your wedding date. Give them enough time before they’ve made other plans and allow them to block off the date on their calendars. Allowing a few months’ of advance planning is also considered for guests who need to book travel or accommodations. What if your wedding falls on a holiday weekend or will take place in a far-off destination? Sending the save the dates even earlier, like 6 to 12 months before your wedding date, is advisable.
Step 2: When to Send Out Wedding Invitations
6-8 Weeks from Wedding Date
You may have picked out your wedding invitations when you chose your save the dates. There’s no need to send your invitations months and months in advance. General wedding invitation etiquette says to mail your invites around six to eight weeks before your wedding date. Combined with your save the date, this allows guests plenty of time to reply yay or nay to the invitation. Also, book travel and hotels as needed (if they haven’t already), and purchase a gift for you.
If a large percentage of your guest list lives abroad, or if you are planning a total destination wedding, it’s best to add a few weeks onto this timeline. Aim to send your invites around 12 weeks before your wedding date.
Step 3: When to Ask for RSVPs
1 Month from Wedding Date
Your wedding invitation must include a way for guests to respond. You may choose to have guests RSVP online via your wedding website. Or you send an RSVP card and pre-addressed envelope as part of your invitation suite. Be sure to indicate an RSVP deadline so that guests know when they need to alert you to their decision. The rule of wedding invitation etiquette says that one month before your wedding date is the perfect amount of time. It offers a brief window for the guest to receive the invitation and consider their decision. While also providing your wedding vendors enough advance notice to order and prepare supplies. A one-month-prior deadline also adds some timeline padding for those stragglers who won’t get their RSVP card in on time.
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