One of the most asked questions from my couples is: “When should I send my invitations?” So I’ve put together a handy little guide for when to let your guests know you’re getting married!
Please keep in mind that the recommendations below are a guide only, always communicate with your stationer as they will advise you best when to send your invitations for your specific situation.
For weddings where the majority of guests do not need to make travel arrangements.
SAVE THE DATES
10-12 months prior to the wedding.
Save the Dates are optional but highly recommended, especially for destination weddings or where the majority of your guests will be travelling or during know holiday periods. This allows for travel and accommodation arrangements to be made in a timely manner.
6-8 months prior to the wedding if you did not send a Save the Date.
4-6 months prior to the wedding if you did send a Save the Date
We feel that sending them 6 weeks before the wedding is too short of a lead time for your guests if the rsvp deadline is 1 month before the wedding and would also be an issue if any of the invitations need to be resent due to address issues. If your wedding is around the holiday season or during a time when many people make vacation plans, we recommend sending them out a little earlier than recommended.
4-6 weeks before the wedding (Note: It’s advised to ask your wedding planner/venue when they need a headcount).
For overseas weddings or when the majority of your guests need to book travel and accommodation.
9 months prior to the wedding if you did not send a Save the Date.
5-7 months prior to the wedding if you did send a Save the Date.
It is always advised to send your Save the Dates and Invitations as soon as possible for any destination event – thus giving your nearest and dearest ample time to arrange any time off work, travel and accommodation etc.
5-7 weeks prior to the wedding (always best to check with your planner/venue first).