How early is too early to send out invites?

posted 3 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
9859 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

@kaitlyn417:  I would wait and send them after Christmas.  Where you’ve sent save the dates sending them in February would probably be fine.

Post # 4
4513 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

We sent our invites out in May for our October wedding, but literally every single guest will be coming from out of state so I wanted to ensure they’d have enough time to shop around for flights, hotels, etc.

Otherwise I would do the typical 6-8 weeks (isn’t that what is recommended? I’m not sure..)

Post # 5
851 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

i would wait until after New Years…..

Post # 6
1302 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

No more than 8 weeks in advance – so end of February. I would definately not send anything out until after new years at the very least – it will get mixed in with christmas/holiday cards. Think of it this way – there is kind of a let down in January/February after the holidays, so when your guests get your invitations during that time they will have something to get excited about!

Post # 7
3697 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Typical is 4-6 weeks ahead of the RSVP deadline. I’d wait  until around Valentine’s Day to send them. I’d send them NO EARLIER than Febuary 1

Post # 8
5812 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

Since you’ve sent a STD, you really shouldnt send it until 6-8 weeks before the wedding. Too long between invitation and RSVP deadline means more time for people to forget about sending it to you.

Post # 9
2642 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Wedding invites should go out 6-8 weeks in advanced (of the wedding date).  If you send them out too early, you risk people losing them, forgetting about them, or changing their RSVP.  People will not always know their schedule more than 2 months in advanced.  I’d send them mid-February. 

Post # 10
9137 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@kaitlyn417:  Since you sent save the dates, I wouldn’t send out your invitations any earlier than 8 weeks before the RSVP date.  So you should shhot for the end of January, beginning of February.  If you send them too early, people are likely to misplace them and forget to RSVP.

Post # 11
1526 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@kaitlyn417:  8 weeks before the RSVP date. Send them out in the first week of Feb.

Post # 12
6525 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

@kaitlyn417:  Send after Christmas. Don’t send too early bc then people might forget! (even though you sent a save the date)

Post # 13
140 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I’m a huge proponent of NOT sending wedding invitations too early, especially if you’ve sent the save the date.

I plan on sending mine 8 weeks early; since my wedding is on a holiday weekend. (Memorial Day.)

I’ll put my invitations in the mail on Monday, March 17th, so that all of my guests will have received their invitations by Monday, March 24th.

My RSVP deadline will be Friday, April 25th; so I’ll have a month to do seating.

Hope this helps!

Post # 14
10748 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

I think sending them out 6-8 weeks is WAY TOO LATE. No way could I wait that long, and I’ve never received an invite that close to a wedding either. Three or four months ahead is norm here so if I were you, on January 1 they’d be in the mail. 

Post # 15
8720 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013


Post # 16
2472 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2014 - Italian Villa

@kaitlyn417:  hey,  almost date twin!  We are sending ours January 1st, but we are having a destination wedding. 

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