This is When You Need to Send Your Wedding Invitations By

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If there’s any wedding timeline you need to pay attention to, it’s when to send out wedding invitations! Because unless you’re eloping, you’ll want to let your guests know about your wedding day with enough time to make plans to (hopefully) attend.

Sticking to a wedding invitation timeline is important not only because it lets guests put it on their calendars, but in gives YOU a firm date for when you need to make those other important wedding decisions by.

Once you have your date and venue, you’ll be able to start searching for your wedding vendors, attire, and even book your honeymoon. But first, you have to get those invites out!

Use the timeline below to help you figure out when to send your save the dates, invites, as well as when to plan on getting your RSVPs back.

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Your Wedding Invitation Timeline

Where and when you’re getting married will definitely influence the timeline for sending your invites, but traditional wedding invitation etiquette makes the formula pretty simply to follow. Here’s what you need to do and when:

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When to Send Save the Dates

Put them in the mail:

  • 8+ months before a destination wedding (as soon as you get your date, start working on your Save the Dates! The sooner the better!)
  • 4-6 months for a local wedding
  • If your wedding is in less than 4 months, skip the Save the Dates and move right to the invites!

WGM Says: A wedding is considered a “destination” if it’s held in a different location from where the couple and the majority of the guests live.

While you don’t HAVE to send Save the Dates, it’s a nice to give guests’ notice of your wedding so you can get on their calendars. People’s schedules have a tendency to book up several weeks ahead of time, especially if it’s in the spring or summer months and they have kids. The more time you can give guests (especially out of town guests) to plan the better!

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With that said, you don’t have to send paper Save the Dates, either! Digital Save the Dates—while once considered taboo—have definitely become more acceptable the past few years, along with digital Change the Dates.

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What Should Your Save the Date Include?

In addition to the date, you’ll also want your Save the Dates to include:

  • Location (city/state)
  • Wedding website url and password if using

Wedding websites have become a must-have for couples, as they allow you to keep guests updated on event details or changes, as well as travel arrangements (such as which airport to travel into) and accommodations. This is also where you’ll put your wedding registry information. Read our review of the best wedding websites here.

You can also indicate to guests WHO is invited by how you address the envelopes. If children are not invited, you would simply address the envelopes to the parents. However if they are invited, you would address the envelopes “The Smith Family.” Learn more about how to address wedding invitations here.

When to Send Wedding Invites

Put them in the mail:

  • 2-4 months before the big day
  • If you’re not sending Save the Dates (or are having a destination wedding), you’ll want to get our invites out closer to the 4-month mark.

Once you send your Save the Date cards, the wedding invitation is really just a formality. However, it’s still important to get it out in time, especially for destination wedding invitations. This will allow guests to book flights in advance without worrying about any changes to your wedding date and location, since things CAN change in the time between when couples send out their Save the Dates and invites.

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When Should You Date Your RSVPs?

  • 4 weeks before your wedding
  • If you don’t hear from guests a few days after that date, feel free to call/email them for a response

A general rule of thumb is to make your rsvp deadline (the date you put on your RSVP card, IE: Kindly RSVP by May 3, 2024) should be about 4 weeks before your wedding. This will allow you to get the final headcount to your venue and caterer in time (they usually request this 1-2 weeks before your wedding day). It will also give you time to put together an accurate seating chart with your updated guest list.

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You can also choose to have digital RSVPs only. If you do this, you should still consider an insert card with instructions on how to RSVP. For example, for a formal wedding you can use:


The favour of a reply is requested

on or before October 1

using the following website:

LindsayandCoryWedding.com

Password: LoveisGrand

or by phone

(xxx) xxx-xxxx

Before You Go to the Post Office:

Once you have your wedding invitation suite assembled, you’ll want to take a sample one to the post office to have it weighed and make sure you buy enough postage. This is also the time to inquire about hand-canceling, which means your envelope is stamped vs. sent through a machine. This small detail can definitely help keep your invites looking pristine! Learn more about hand-canceling here.

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  1. says: Regina

    What if your wedding falls on a holiday weekend? Our wedding will be on columbus day weekend in NH, when peak foliage season is on…lodging may be an issue for some.