Post # 1
Okay, so my wedding is the last day in February and I want to order my invitations as soon as possible. I’m just not sure when is the right time to send them. I don’t want them to get all mixed up with the holiday mail in December and so I was thinking maybe Novemeber? How far ahead is standard for the RSVP? I’ve heard many people don’t and I might need time for making phone calls or whatever. I also thought if I find out ahead of time that people aren’t showing I could send out more invitations. I originally had a huge list of people that I really wanted to invite, but we are trying to keep our wedding small and I can’t invite them all, although I wish I could. I really want to invite everyone “with guest” because one time someone invited me without my FI and it was awkward all night. But maybe someone doesn’t want to bring a date and if two people don’t bring dates that frees up space for another couple I can invite.
So what is your opinion? How soon is too soon for invites? How late too late? What did you do/ will you do for your wedding??
Post # 3
First, find out when your caterer/venue needs the final guest count. Go back 1-2 weeks from that date and set that as the RSVP due date. I’d send invites out 4-6 weeks before the RSVP due date.
B list invites tend to be a bad thing. People always know they were invited as “second string” and it gets weird
Post # 4
We sent our invites out 10 weeks early but I’ve read that sending them 6-8 weeks before the wedding is more standard.
For RSVPs, our caterer said they need a final guest count 2 weeks before and we gave ourselves almost 2 additional weeks to track down stragglers. So, our RSVP date is just shy of 1 month before the wedding.
We also planned to do a B list but it hasn’t worked out. Almost all of our RSVPs are yes, and the people we thought might not make it haven’t RSVP’d yet. Our wedding is just 6 weeks away so we’ve run out of time for a B list.
Post # 5
@BriansBride: If you do a “B List” do not tell anyone about it. I had friends who did a B list and made it known to the people on the B list that they were B listers. They lost several friends over their mishandling of the whole thing.
Invitations should go out 2 – 4 months before the wedding, sooner if you are not using save the dates. Give yourself at least 3 weeks to deal with RSVPs. Meaning, if you’re wedding is February 28, RSVPs should be due no later than February 7. That will give you plenty of time to follow up with people who didn’t respond – which I definitely recommend doing! We had a few RSVPs get lost in the mail and had we not followed up with people we wouldn’t have had enough seats for everyone.
Post # 6
@Glasgowbound: This is a great rule of thumb to go by.
We had a July 6 wedding, sent out our invites in April and had an RSVP date of end of June, so we gave our guests a little more time.
I would never had considered a “B” list because it tends to end up not being a good thing. Plus you’d be surprised at how many people RSVP yes with a +1 in the first place. Invite those who you want to be there. Those that you can’t invite becuase of space or financial reasons I would keep that way. Although I personally would understand and probably go, I could see how some could take it rudely.