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When Should I Mail Out Invitations?

That’s a good question. What would a wedding be without guests? The most recent wedding that I was invited to, the invitation process was started with a Save The Date and was followed with a formal wedding invitation. (Side note: I’m a Brooklyn 99 fan. It’s a TV show on Fox. Here’s the link to a really funny episode that talks about Save The Dates if you’re interested)

Save The Dates: 

Just a couple of reminders when deciding what to put on them:

1. Don’t forget to include the date.

2. Include the city and state in which you will be married for out of town guests so they can at least book a hotel in advance. If you haven’t selected your wedding venue yet, you will be providing them with a general location so they can begin preparing.

When to send Save The Dates:

1. If you are having a destination wedding, one year in advance is optimal for sending. Or, if you are having your wedding near a holiday, it is also best to send out about a year in advance.

2. If you are having a non-destination wedding, four to six months should be sufficient.

When to send your Invitation:

Some tips here before the timeframe:

1. Be sure to indicate the day, not just the month and number day so people know if you have opted for a less traditional wedding Saturday. Typically, special considerations will need to be made by your guests if your wedding is on a Friday or Sunday due to work schedules.

2. We all have those chronic latecomer guests. However, that doesn’t mean that you need to account for them on your invitation. If the wedding is set to start at 6:30 p.m., indicate that it starts then and not thirty or more minutes before. Sitting and waiting for the bride and groom isn’t fun for anyone, so give Aunt Nelly the benefit of the doubt and assume that she can make it to your wedding on time.

When to send your Invitation:

 Six to eight weeks is the traditional time to send them out. If you’ve got a bunch of out of town wedding guests or are having a destination wedding, you may want to opt for three months in advance.


We hope this sheds some light on when to send out both your Save the Date as well as Invitations!


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