Post # 1
Oh boy. As some of you know here on “paper”, I’m knee deep in wading through invitations, but I’ve made some real headway today, thanks to help from the bees last night. Okay, so timeline. Wedding is June 12th. When do I need to get the envelopes to a calligrapher? When do I send out the invitations? Is a May 1st rsvp date okay?
If I order the ones I found and liked today, I’d get the proofs next week and the complete order about mid-March. Then, envelopes have to be addressed. How long does a calligrapher need to do about 70 envelopes? Well, let’s say I can send these out, yikes! – already April! That gives folks about a month to rsvp. But it’s still six weeks before the wedding, right? Or, am I going to have a wedding with the groom, the food, the dress, the music, the flowers, the photographer, but no guests?!
Post # 3
When do you have to give your final count to the caterer? You need to give yourself enough time to call anyone who does not RSVP. May 1st seems a little early to me, but we only have to give our final count two weeks prior.
I don’t know about calligraphy, I’d call and ask them how long they take on average. You should send out the invitations 6-8 weeks before the wedding (8 if you did not do save the dates), and give your guests a month to reply.
In my case, my wedding is May 30th, I am planning on having them in the mail on March 30th, and my RSVP by date is April 30th.
You should be okay if you send them out by mid-April!
Post # 4
Yeah, best to work backwards. I’m giving myself two weeks to round up RSVPs before we need to give the final headcount to the caterer. My RSVPs are due June 5. I’m giving my guests 5 weeks between my mailing the invites and the day the RSVPs are due. It’s my goal to have them in the mail by the last week of April. I’m not doing calligraphy though, I’m just labeling them myself. So you’ll need to work backward on that too – however long your calligrapher needs, make sure you’ll get your invites back (and then some) in time to send them out. I’d make sure you get the invites back from the calligrapher at least a week before you need to send them out, so you aren’t having to send them out immediately after the calligrapher is finished. Better early than late.
Post # 5
I would check when your caterer needs their final head count! My caterer needs their final head count 10 days before the wedding date so our RSVP date is August 5th (a month before the wedding). I figure with a month I will let RSVPs trickle in for an extra week and then start calling people.
Post # 6
Our wedding is June 5th and I was hoping to ask for the responses to be returned by May 10th. We have to have our headcount 2 weeks prior to the caterer.
Post # 7
I’m not 100% sure I have this right, but my plan so far is to send them out in early May, with an RSVP of June 10, for our July 9 wedding. We did send save-the-dates, but I’m always worried about summer things, since people’s calendars seem to fill up so quickly.
Post # 8
@ebs1123 – you’re the first other July 9 bride I’ve seen!
We have to provide our venue with first and last names of every person (including vendors) that’s coming into the garden three weeks prior to the wedding, so I’ve asked for RSVP’s to come in by May 25. Early, I know, but I plan on hand delivering most of them when I see my family at Easter, so I think it will be ok.
Post # 9
Yay for July 9th!! Great day 🙂 I send out invites Feb 10th… RSVP by was March 20. Wedding is April 10. Our final count is due the monday before the wedding. I think it really depends on when your counts are due and how much time you will need to have the caligrapher complete them. From what I have heard it takes about 2 weeks (at the most if they are busy). I would call them and ask what their turn around time is.
Post # 10
These timelines are very, very helpful ladies. I might just squeak by with my deadlines if I order the invites by the end of the coming week (should see on-line proofs by Thursday or so). I always get myself into a dealine crunch. My work life is, by its nature, full of ’em and I must thrive on this or something. But bad news when it comes to wedding planning. Get me a planner or DOC! Quick!!!