Post # 1
fIRST OFF I am truely excited to be engaged and i cant wait to start the whole (invitation process) excepty theres on eHUGE PROMBLEM.. and that is I HAVE NO IDEA WHEN TO START SENDING INVITATIONS OR AT LEAST SAVE THE DATES, NEITHER DO I HAVE ANY CLUE WHEN TO SET THE FINAL (RSVP) DATE.
Okay, now my wedding isnt until June 14, 2014 and maybe that is why im goin nutts about this but, i know i need to atleast have an idea about the dates. And still have time to be able to let the caterers know the number of guest stc..Can anyone help me?
Post # 3
Congratulations! This is going to be a fun time for you.
First, start looking at venues and book this first. This will set your date and location. Second, your venue may reccomend how far in advance they need your final count. If you are doing an outside caterer, you should book them second. These are your two biggest, most financially important decisions. Go ahead and knock them off the list. Based on when final counts are due, this will set your RSVP date. If you don’t have a due date, I’d suggest 3 weeks before the wedding. I recommend a week before the final count is due in case you have to make follow up phone calls (most likely you will). Then send your invitations out 6-8 weeks before that.
As far as Save-The-Date Cards, I would send those anytime after you book your venue (so you can include the date and location). You are already at the 12 month mark, so anytime is acceptable. Take a deep breath! Everything will be just fine, you have plenty of time! Enjoy it.
Post # 4
Send save the dates 6-9 months before, invitations 6-8 weeks before, and have the RSVP deadline twoish weeks before.