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Last week we discussed "HOW" to word various invitations and now we are moving on to "WHEN" to send out your invites. Our "Wish" is that this post helps answer a few questions and makes your invitation process that much easier. You can create your own calendar to keep you organized.... click here to find out where we found the cute folder and inserts above. You can find it all online for less than $25. What a deal!!
Save the Dates
Save the Dates is where we will begin, since it is typically the first invite that is sent out during your wedding invitation timeline. Save the Dates are typically sent out 6 months prior to the wedding date. If people are coming from another country or if a lot of your guests are in school, jobs that need ample time to ask off, medical school, residency etc... you might want to send them out a little earlier.
Wedding Shower Invitations
Wedding shower invitations should be sent out around 4 weeks prior to the shower date. You can send them out as early as 6 weeks but you run the risk of guests forgetting about the party.
Rehearsal Dinner Invitations
Rehearsal Dinner invites should go out after the wedding invitations. We suggest sending them out 2 weeks after the wedding invites are put in the mail.
Formal & Destination Wedding Invitations
Wedding invitations should go out 8 weeks prior to your wedding date. We recommend 12 weeks if you are having a destination wedding. Your guests will need ample time to make travel plans, especially if you didn't send out a save the date. However, for destination weddings, we always recommend sending save the dates. When sending out wedding invitations you'll need to make sure your response cards are due no later than 1 month prior to your wedding date. You'll need time to organize your seating chart, escort cards, place cards and food estimates for the caterer.... and there will always be the ones who do not pay attention to the response date. So be prepared to make a few phone calls or have your wedding planner make the calls! :)
"In a Nut Shell"
Save the Dates 6-8 Months from the wedding date
Shower Invitations 4 Weeks prior to the shower date
Destination Wedding Invitations 12 Weeks prior to the wedding date
Formal Wedding Invitations 8 Weeks prior to the wedding date
Rehearsal Dinner Invitations 2 weeks after the wedding invitations are sent out