(Closed) When are you sending your invites?

posted 8 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
1940 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I have been told to send invitations 6-8 weeks before the wedding and put the RSVP date 2 1/2 – 3 weeks before the event.  I am getting married July 3rd and I sent out my save the dates in the beginning of February (or maybe the last week of January), so I can’t imagine receiving an actual invitation in December for a June wedding!

Post # 4
2703 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

we didn’t send STD’s (practical thing to do with our guest list)

sooo we will be sending our invitations end of june… and setting an “RSVP BY” date of end of aug?

(we’re getting married 9/18)

Post # 5
1523 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

We sent save the dates out to a core group of people in December.

I plan to send the invitations out 9-10 weeks before (end of June) and our RSVP date will be a month before the wedding.

All of our decisions have been made in consideration that we will be getting married on a holiday weekend. Our caterer also needs a final head count 10 days before the wedding so I want a couple of weeks to track down RSVP stragglers.

I have heard that generally people send out invitations 6-8 weeks in advance. More time should be allowed for invitations being sent overseas.

Post # 6
325 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Ok am I crazy then???? My wedding is May 15 and we are sending our invites out the first week of april and expecting RSVPs back the last week of april. I just dont want people to forget about the wedding by sending them out to early but yet Im thinking that i’m sending them out too late now.

Post # 7
1982 posts
Buzzing bee

Mid-june here for a first week of Sept wedding.

Kare the only problem you have with that is that expecting them back two weeks before the date, your vendors might want a solid count then. That means you have no spare time to wait for them in the mail before you have to call them up on the due date. I’d send them out in two weeks if I were you. ETA: I used to be a May 15th bride. When we made our invite samples for that time, we figured out april 20th would be the perfect date to get back all the RSVPs. 🙂 Hope that helps!

Post # 8
2362 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - New York Botanical Garden

I am sending mine out about 9 weeks before and asking for RSVPs about 4 weeks before because we will be moving 2 weeks before the wedding and I wanted 2 weeks to catch up on late RSVPs!  We sent out save the dates 7 months prior.

Post # 9
5823 posts
Bee Keeper

@Kare7213: Yeah, I think you’re sending them out late…you might want to move the RSVP date up too, your caterer will need a final head count and a lot of people don’t send in their RSVP cards in time.

For the OP: 6-8 weeks is the norm.  Earlier if it’s a busy holiday weekend and you’re worried that people will make other plans, although that’s what the Save-The-Date Cards are for!  Since you sent those, 6-8 weeks should be fine.  RSVP dates are typically 10-14 days from the wedding so you’ll have time to call all the inconsiderate people who didn’t send the RSVP card back, then give a final headcount to the caterer.

Post # 10
18643 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I sent my invites out about 6 weeks before the wedding with the RSVP date a month before the wedding.

Post # 11
257 posts
Helper bee

I plan to send out our invites around the end of May for our Aug 8th wedding. I want to send it out a little earlier since it is a Sunday wedding and nto the typical Saturday.

Post # 12
1011 posts
Bumble bee

I’m shooting for mailing out 60 days before.  But, I sent Save-The-Date Cards 6.5 months before.

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