Your Wedding Invitations: When To Order Your Save The Dates and Wedding Invitations

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When To Order Your Save The Dates and Wedding Invitations

Its #WeddingWednesday and we are talking wedding stationery and the best time to order your save the dates and wedding Invitations. When it comes to wedding invitations, you want to give your guests plenty of time to clear their schedules and make travel arrangements if they live out of  town. There are different times for a destination wedding and we have all the tips.

We chatted with the talented  Tifany Wunschl, Owner & Lead Designer of Gourmet Invitations and asked a few of the most common questions we get regarding save the dates and invitations. If you are wondering what timeframe is right, then today is your lucky day.  Tifany shares everything you need to know about wedding invitations and save the date timeline.

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When To Order Your Save The Dates and Wedding Invitations

Tifany Wunschl Owner & Lead Designer of Gourmet Invitations Photography: Rebecca Marie Photography

Let’s Talk Save The Dates

A few words from Tifany. “I think that many clients feel that save the dates are a necessity. They are absolutely an option and most people do not need to send out save the dates. You should send out save the dates in you are having a destination wedding or if your wedding falls on a holiday weekend. In these situations, your guests will need the advanced time to plan and get it marked on their calendars. If your wedding doesn’t fall into either of those categories, then you do not need to send out save the dates. But many clients choose to send them out anyway! One thing to consider if you are on a budget. If you don’t send save the dates, you will have more budget to make your wedding invitations even more spectacular”

  • When should couples send out save the dates?

The short answer to this question is 6 – 8 months before the wedding.  If you are having a destination wedding, I recommend sending save the dates closer to the 8-month mark – especially if your guests need a passport. For a wedding on a holiday weekend or “just because”, send out save the dates 6 months before the wedding. I do have one exception to the 6 – 8 month timeline. I don’t recommend sending out save the dates mid-November to the 1st of January. Your guests are so busy during this time of year and with extra mail around the holidays, more mail isn’t a good thing. Waiting to send out your save the dates until after the new year. You’ll catch your guests when they are excited and not overwhelmed.

Let’s Talk Invitations

  •  When should couples mail out invitations?

Mail out your wedding invitations 4 weeks before your rsvp date. Four weeks?! I know, that sounds like so much time, doesn’t it? But the post office isn’t called “snail mail” for nothing and in the last few years, the “snail” has gotten slower. So let’s figure a week for the invitations to get to your guests and another week for the response cards to be returned to you. Four weeks now doesn’t seem so long.

  • What is the best way to determine the RSVP date?

Set your rsvp date two weeks before your seating arrangements are due. Without even realizing it, you just answered another question: “What date do you put on your response cards?” Two weeks is going to give you the time you need for the response cards to trickle in. You also need to call ALL of the people who didn’t send in their response cards. Finally, you need to make all of your seating arrangements. A response date of four weeks before the wedding might seem like a long time. But trust me, you are going to be so grateful you have the two weeks before your seating arrangements are due to get together your guest list and make the seating arrangements.

  • When should couples mail out international invitations?

A week or two earlier. But PLEASE don’t send out your stateside invitations 6 weeks before the RSVP day. If you send out your wedding invitations too early, your response rate is going to go down significantly.  The longer your guests have the invitations, the longer you are giving your guests to forget to return the response cards.

  • What about a destination wedding? Should couples invitations be mailed for a destination wedding?

If you are having a destination wedding, I suggest that you send out save the dates 6 – 8 months before the wedding.  Then send out your invitations 8 weeks before the wedding. If you aren’t sending out save the dates, send your wedding invitations 6 – 8 months before a destination wedding. Everyone who is close enough to you to travel to a destination wedding knows when your wedding is and has already made plans. If your guests don’t know about your wedding, then, in reality, they aren’t going to travel to attend your wedding. So my short answer to this question is, send out something 6-8 months before a destination wedding to let your guests know the date! Send out wedding invitations 8 weeks before your wedding date.

Let’s Talk Wedding Day Essentials

  • When are your seating arrangements due?

Your seating arrangements are due to the venue or wedding planner or the person doing your escort cards will be two weeks before the wedding date.  If you are don’t have a due date from anyone, I would still make your due date to yourself of two weeks.  This way you aren’t doing your escort cards or place cards the night before your wedding!

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