You've got your wedding date, you've probably got your venue, and now you've got give all your guests the head's up. That's where your invitations and save-the-dates come into play. Whether you're opting to mail a more traditional wedding stationery invitation or save a tree with some emailed invites and online RSVPs, here are some rough guidelines for when to send out your invitations and save-the-dates.
When to send out save-the-dates
Typical etiquette suggests that you send out save-the-dates about four to six months before the wedding. You want to give folks plenty of time to get the wedding on their calendars, getting their travel timeline and travel plans in order, avoiding as much confusion as possible.
Err on the side of giving extra notice and sending your cards out sooner (like six to eight months before your wedding day) if you're…
- Getting married over a holiday weekend
- Having a destination wedding
- Planning a multi-day wedding that may require a little extra planning from your guests,
- Inviting a lot of guests from out-of-town. Your want to give your wedding guests plenty of time to make travel arrangements for your big day…
And yes, you can totally do electronic save the dates! We love these options.
When to send out wedding invitations
Invitations have traditionally gone out six to eight weeks before the wedding. We'd advise starting the process of getting them ready about four months in advance to make sure you account for DIY time, addressing time, handling special envelopes, or other circumstances. Let's face it, we're talking offbeat weddings here, so you never know what fun ideas you may want to incorporate.
Add another month to the process for destination weddings since you'll be dealing with travel accommodations, among many other factors. This lets your guests hunt for travel deals.
Should you include your registry information on your save the dates?
Nope. Don't include your registry information on a save the date, but if you've got your wedding website ready, then you can totally include it on your save the date cards! (If you don't have your wedding website done yet, we've got some ideas over here.) You can include your registry and gift information on your website.
What should you give as your RSVP deadline?
Set the deadline for RSVPs about three to four weeks prior to the wedding. This probably sounds early, but we advise leaving a two-week buffer to give you time to chase down the inevitable missing RSVPs. You'll want to start the chasing process early so you can get your guest list finalized and all the numbers to the vendors who need them.
Wondering how much postage to put on your save the date cards?
We've got some extensive advice about how to navigate the post office rules and make sure you don't get your save the dates returned to you because you're short a stamp.