Things have definitely changed post-covid. Pre-covid, you could be able to get away with sending your invitations closer to your wedding date. Unfortunately, this is not the case anymore. Guests do appreciate the added time.
Traditionally, your wedding invitation suite should include the main invitation, a RSVP card, and an information card containing helpful information for your guests (reception information, travel & accommodations information, attire, wedding website, and any other helpful information you think your guests will need)
Send your wedding invitations out 3-6 months weeks prior to your wedding date.
Everyone on your guest list.
RSVPs should be due one and a half to two months before the wedding.
RSVPs should be due one and a two months before the wedding.
A good rule-of-thumb is to list your wedding start time approximately 30 minutes before you want the ceremony to begin. This gives ample time for your guests to be there on time.
Generally, a good idea is to send the wedding invitations internationally on the same day you send out your other ones. The catch here is to give your international guests a heads up via email, text or social media, just saying “Hey, we just sent out our Wedding Invitations. Keep an eye on your mailbox”
Does half of your guests live abroad? You may want to consider bumping up your timeline for them.
It is a great idea to have all of the information available on your wedding website as soon as the invitations have been mailed out. This way, anyone internationally, nationally, or local will have all of your wedding information at their finger tips.
Save-the-date cards are not required, but they are more of a fun way to get your guests to mark their calendars. This is especially helful if your guests have to make travel arrangements/accommodations to attend your wedding.
Only those who you are planning on inviting to the wedding.
Six to eight months before the wedding, or even earlier if you are planning a destination wedding that may require extensive travel arrangements.
It is a great idea to send thank you notes to anyone who attended your wedding. Added plus, vendors also LOVE receiving thank you notes as well.
Your guests (especially if they gave you a gift), vendors, and guests who may have attended your bridal shower, but couldn’t attend your wedding. In short, everyone!
Within 3-4 months is an ideal timeline.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this article. We hope this blog post will give you a little insight into when to send wedding invitations.
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– Nick & Jen Taylor