(Closed) Please tell me when to mail invites???

posted 8 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
806 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

You could mail your invites around June 15.  They’ll arrive around 2 months out from the wedding.

For your rsvp date, check your vendor contracts.  Some of my vendors (cake, florist) require finalizing the order 1 month out.  And you need to know final guest counts to determine the size of the cake, the number of centerpieces, etc.  So for mine, I made the rsvp date about 1 month + 1 week from my “month out” date so I have time to call people who don’t rsvp, if needed.  I think about a month out is typical.

Post # 4
524 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

If most of your guests are out of town, you can mail them now.  If not, I’d wait until around June 21.

Put the date on your RSVP that’s around two weeks before you want a really finalized guest list.  I put one month ahead of my wedding date, assuming that it would take up to two weeks to really wrangle people in, giving me another two weeks to work with my exact head count.

Post # 5
18643 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

We mailed our invites 8 weeks before our wedding.  The RSVP date was a month before the wedding because we needed a count about 2 weeks before and left time for wrangling up no responders.

Post # 6
4382 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Ceremony - First United Methodist Church; Reception - My parents' house!

We sent out our invites on April 17th and May 20th was our RSVP deadline. (June 19th wedding… so close!)

Post # 7
1403 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Your RSVP should be due back at least a week before your vendors require you to give them the final head count.  (For example, if your caterer wants a head count by Aug 14, then have RSVP’s due by Aug 7.)  That gives you time to call the people who “forgot” to RSVP and get other things straight.

Mail your invitations a full month before the RSVP deadline so people have enough time to “decide if they’re coming,” send the RSVP, and shop for a gift.

In my case, I actually made my RSVP deadline a full month before my wedding because many of my guests are from out-of-town, and I wanted to make sure they reserved their hotel rooms before our hotel releases the block I made on some rooms.

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