(Closed) When to send invitations?

posted 6 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
333 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Im getting married 7th september 2013 and am sending invitations out in march (6 months before the wedding). My reasoning is that everyone is from out of town and will need to organise accommodation etc and it gives them 4 months to rsvp as i require them back 2 months before the date for vendors.

Normally i think people send them 2-3 months before.

Post # 4
39 posts
  • Wedding: May 2013

I’d go for earlier than average, since you aren’t using Save-The-Date Cards. We sent out Save-The-Date Cards 10 months before, but will still send out the invitations more than 3 months before, since the heavily discounted room block is only available up to 30 days before the wedding date.  

Post # 5
735 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Invitations are supposed to be sent 6 to 8 weeks before the wedding.  RSVPs should be requested 2 or 3 weeks before your wedding date.  Any earlier than that and people won’t really be able to give you a reliable response – you’re likely to have peole waiting until the last minute to RSVP (this will drive you batty!) and possibly forgetting to let you know at all (or losing the invitation/RSVP card!) OR people will reply promptly but have something come up and need to contact you to change their intent.

If you are worried about specific, very important to you people not being able to attend your wedding with “short notice” offered by an invitation sent 8 weeks prior, you can (and ought to) send these folks a nice note letting them know the date and location (city or area of town will suffice if you haven’t settled on the venue yet).  Make sure that your out-of-town grandma and bestie from college are both aware of your plans, and let them know that you’ll send invitations later – this is just for planning purposes, since you can’t imagine your wedding without them present.

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