Wedding invitations are one of the most important aspects of your planning. They provide potential guests with vital information for your wedding day.  Here are some answers to your questions concerning wedding invitations.

When should save the date cards be sent out?

This pre-invitation mailing officially announces your wedding date and lets guests know that they will, in fact, be invited to the celebration.  Save the dates are a great way of letting friends and family know to keep a particular date free or organize any travel plans that may need to be made.  These should be sent out six to nine months before the wedding day, especially if you are planning a summer wedding.  Save-the-dates are usually  just a single card or postcard containing very basic information (couple’s names, wedding date, and sometimes the location).

When should I start looking for wedding invitation designs?

Whether you are going to purchase a pre-designed invitation or design one yourself, you should start shopping or the design process about 6 months before your wedding day.

When should I order my wedding stationary and how many?

Ideally as soon as you have your wedding timeline finalized.  A good amount of time would be four to six months before your wedding.

Each guest/family/couple will need their own invite.  Order a few extras in case of inevitable mistakes.

When should I start to address my invitations?

Start addressing the invitations 3 months before the wedding.  If using a calligrapher, they might need 4 months prior.

When should I send out my wedding invitations?

Wedding invites should be sent approximately six to eight weeks before the wedding.  This ensures that you will (hopefully) receive your RSVP’s back in time to final numbers!

When should I expect my RSVP’s to be back?

Ideally, all RSVP’s should be back two to three weeks before the wedding.  Any RSVP’s not back before then, it is appropriate to give the guest a call to check if they are coming.

Most of all, give yourself plenty of time and plan ahead!  You do not want to rush through this part.  So…get some help.  Ask other to give you a hand and  make it fun!


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