When do I mail out my wedding invitations?

When do I mail my wedding invitations? | Emily Layne Designs | Blog

So much time and energy is spent into making your wedding invitation suite is perfect. It needs to reflect who you are as a couple, the feel of the ceremony, and not break the bank. There’s so much time going into planning the actual look of the invitations, some people don’t get the answer to the question, “When do I mail out my invitations?”. 

Usually your invitation suite should go out 6-8 weeks before the wedding. This gives your friends and family plenty of notice. If you’re having a destination wedding, 10 weeks is the magic number. Going along with the destination scenario, a save the date is a good idea so guests can arrange travel plans. If you’re having your ceremony near your home, but are expecting folks from out town, you may also want to send save the dates.

Going along with save the dates, general rule of thumb is 6-8 months before the wedding. If you’re having your wedding during a busy time of the year like over the 4th of July holiday, Christmas time, or Memorial Day weekend, you may want to send them out earlier so, 9 or 10 months.

Another timing issue to consider is what your return date should be on the RSVPs. This date should be 2 to 3 weeks before the wedding. If you know you’ll need a head count sooner for catering or a seating chart, go ahead and make it 3 weeks out. A fair warning, people forget to RSVP. If you don’t hear back one week out from the big day, give them a call.

Lastly, remember it does take time to plan, design, and print your dream suite. Always meet with your designer sooner rather than later. Choosing your invitation package early will save you time, money and serious headache!

What other questions do you have about invitations suites? I’d love to hear your thoughts and questions! Leave me a comment down below!


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