(Closed) When to send out my invites?

posted 6 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
59 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’m planning to send invites 2 month before, with an rsvp date of 1 month before the big day. Not sure if that’s how it should be done, but that’s my plan!

Post # 4
7904 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

8 weeks in advance is standard, but since you didn’t do STD’s, you can go as early as 10 weeks if you have a lot of Out of Town guests. You don’t want to send too early because you don’t want peopple to set it aside to deal with laster since it’s so far away and then forget.

Post # 5
4676 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’m sending mine out later today for my late August wedding.  I would probably stick to the three to two month mark to send them out. It gives people enough time to RSVP and plan, but not too much time that they stick the invite in a desk and forget about it! 

Post # 6
354 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I think 2 to 3 months before the wedding is standard.  If you’ll have a lot of out of town guests, err on the earlier side.  And take into account the fact that not everyone will RSVP by your reply deadline, so you’ll likely have to spend some time tracking down the delinquent responders.  

Post # 7
615 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

If the majority of your guests are local/in the area, then 6-8 weeks prior to the wedding is the standard timeframe because

1) it gives guests enough time to make childcare/travel/accommodation plans and possibly take time off work

2) it isn’t such a long time that guests will lose or forget about their invitation/RSVP

3) it also gives guests an adequate amount of time to RSVP! (and for you to track down any non-RSVP’s)

If you’re having a destination wedding or a lot of out of town guests, though, then be sure to send out about 10-12 weeks before the wedding.

Post # 8
246 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I sent my out-of-state invites at the 10-week mark and plan to send the local invites at about 4-6 weeks out. 

Post # 9
1370 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I sent them out 3.5 months in advance since we had everyone coming in from out of state. Usually, 8 weeks would be sufficient for local guests.

Post # 10
250 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I am sending mine out the 1st week of July with an RSVP date of August 6th…that will give me plenty of time to follow up with everyone that I haven’t received one from.  Plus my final count is due a month before the day so I am trying to really give myself enought time 🙂


And I just realized…we are almost date twins 🙂  Have you ordered your invitations yet?  If not I can send you a few coupon codes, I ended up paying $200 for 50 invitations, reply cards, custom return envelopes, matching stamps for both the invitations and the RSVP and an insert card with additional information.

Post # 12
78 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I’m sending mine out 2.5 months before with a rsvp deadline of 1 month before.

Post # 13
8472 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

8 weeks.. I sent mine out at about 6 weeks, and hardly got any back so far and they are due this Friday. 

Post # 14
1866 posts
Buzzing bee

OP, since you didn’t send out STD’s, I think you can send out your wedding invitations up to 3 months prior to the wedding, esp if you have a lot of out of town people.  Even though I sent out STD’s, I’m still sending out the invites 3 months prior because we have quite a few out of town people and we also might do a second wave of invites.

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