When to send out your wedding invitations (tips and timelines)
Have you ever wondered about when to send out your wedding invitations?
Are you wondering about when to send out your wedding invitations?
To give you a fast and precise answer, for when to send out your wedding invitations, here is a quick answer. For people that live in the the US and U.K, it is quite normal to send out your wedding invitations, at least 2 months before the wedding. However, sometimes if it’s possible people send out their invitations anywhere from 3-6 months before the wedding as well. It all depends on your personal circumstances and what’s right for your wedding. Yet people that live in Sweden send out their wedding invitations 1 year in advance! It all depends on your culture and where you live!
With so many details to arrange, planning a wedding and knowing when to send out your wedding invitations can be a busy (and a sometimes stressful) time!
Once you’ve settled on a date and a venue, you need to make sure you let your guests know as soon as possible. If you’re getting married abroad, it makes sense that you need to give your guests time to save and book the trip, but it can be difficult to know when to send out your wedding invitations whether your guests live in the states or in the UK.
Put simply, you want to give your guests as much notice as possible, especially if it takes them a while to RSVP. As such, it’s customary to send out your save the date around 6-12 months before the wedding and your invites at least three to four months before.
I understand that with so much to organise, time is of the essence. So to help you out, this guide will cover when you need to order your invites, when to send them out and if it’s possible to send them too early.
If you’re considering booking your wedding invitations, please do reach out to me at email@example.com or here on my contact page. I would love to hear from you and see if we can work together.
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Save the dates are the first to consider
Before you send out your invites, it’s traditional to send out a save the date card. But again, it can be tricky to know the best time to send out your save the dates. Ideally, this should be as soon as you’ve secured the date with your venue, but at least 9-12 months before the date is advised.
These don’t have to give too much away, especially if you haven’t ironed out the finer details yet, but they give your guests plenty of time to make sure they are available. This ensures that no one books a holiday or accepts another wedding invitation for the same date.
Alongside the aforementioned, if you have a destination wedding in mind you must give your guests plenty of time to book holidays and plane tickets.
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Destination wedding stationery
Remember that if you are having a destination wedding, something to bear in mind is the time it takes to find the right wedding stationery supplier, place your order and have it delivered will vary greatly.
- Online off the shelf designs: If you consider buying your save the dates online, they can be bought very quickly and shipped to you within 2-3 weeks.
- Custom made save the dates: If you’re planning to have the wedding of your dreams and require something very special to mark the occasion, you’ll definitely select a talented wedding stationery design. However this can take lots of time get through a custom design. It’s very much like having a custom gown designed and it’s takes much longer as the end product is of a much higher quality. It can take anywhere from 4 – 6 weeks depending on the type of design you’re looking for.
Therefore, if you would like to order simple off the shelf designs, there’s no rush and you can order them 8-9 months before the wedding. However if you’d like some high-end boutique designs, then it’s best to start doing some research and reach out to your favourite stationery designers and get the ball rolling 11-12 months before your wedding.
By sending out your save the date you can at least get an idea in advance how many of your friends and family will be able to make it. This is especially important for destination events, where you need to communicate a rough number of guests with your wedding venue and know who is expected to attend in order to prepare welcome packs for your guests.
If you’d like more information on destination wedding stationery etiquette, look at this article.
Choosing your invitations can affect when to send out your wedding invitations
The next step is actually choosing your wedding invitations and RSVPs.
There are a number of options available to you, but you want your invites to reflect your wedding, style and who you are as a couple. Even better if they’re beautifully unique invitations that are designed just for you! So you have two options available to you, custom designed or ready -made invitations. They each take a different amount of time to order, so make sure that you are well informed before going down either route.
What are Ready-Made Invites?
How much time for ready-made invitations?
This is something that is critical for timings related to when to send out your wedding invitations. Ready-made wedding invites are the designs that are displayed upon my Portfolio page. These designs are all set and ready to go. You can simply supply your personal information or wording and you are ready to start your order.
If you opt for ready-made invitations, you will be limited with the size of your invites. Typically these are the same size as a photograph, usually around 5 x 7 inches. That said, ready-made designs tend to be cheaper as less work is required to prepare them, so it also depends on your wedding stationery budget. But whatever you choose, look for a style that reflect your personalities and your big day.
You can order ready made wedding invitation pretty last minute. If for some reason your wedding is fast approaching and you haven’t had time to organise the wedding invitations and on the day wedding stationery, then ready made might be a better option for you. You can find wedding stationers with designs that are set and ready to go.
You just add your details without changing the core design, or colours too much.
In that case, you can order these ready made invitations up to three months before the wedding – which is very last minute, but it can be done!
Bespoke wedding stationery – these take of lot of time, so reach out early
Alternatively, you can opt for bespoke oversized designs when you use Crimson Letters, for an invitation that is truly special! Bespoke designs do that considerably longer. You can see a previous bespoke wedding stationery design that I previously designed for a client here.
If you click on the above link, you can get a rough idea of how much work goes into designing bespoke designs. There is certainly a lot of communication, back and forth and design revisions to go through when you work one – to – one with an invitation designer.
Therefore it takes considerably more time to design these sorts of bespoke wedding stationery designs. In this case you need to get started at least 7-8 months before your wedding so that you can start to finalise a design without feeling too pressured, or stressed.
Here are some tips on which questions you might need to ask before you reach out to work with any wedding stationer.
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When should you consider ordering your invites
Once you’ve settled on a design, you need to order your invitations. If you’re ordering custom, designs like those on offer at Crimson Letters, you’ll need to set aside at least 12 weeks for these to be agreed, completed and sent out to you. This means you’ll need to add an additional 2-3 months onto your wedding timeline. That means that if you plan to send out your invites 6 months before your wedding day, you’ll need to have these ordered at least nine months before your chosen date.
I know, there’s a lot to think about with when to send out your wedding invitations!
But getting ahead with ordering your wedding invitations and RSVPs will give you more time to send them out and wait to receive the RSVPs from your guests. If you’re ordering ready-made designs you should still give yourself a two month window to receive these. Getting ahead with your ordering will help to take the stress out of organising your big day.
And as with anything in life, things change and you may find that you’ve got additional guests you’d like to invite. That or one of your invites gets lost in the post. For this reason, it’s a good idea to order some extra invites. The number of extra invites you order will depend on the size of your wedding, but giving yourself a 10% cushion (or order at least 5-10 extra) to give you plenty to fall back on should you need them.
When to send your wedding invites
As previously mentioned, you’ll want to give your guests plenty of notice for your big day. So around the three to six-month mark is a good time to send out your invitations.
This gives them time to RSVP.
Also ensures they’ve got time to arrange days off work, baby sitters or whatever they may need to do to make it to the day.
But, there is a fine line between giving enough notice and sending your invites too early. You certainly don’t want to be sending them out a year before your wedding. Don’t be mistaken. It’s OK to send your save the date cards out 6 -12 months before. However, if you send your invites as much as 4-6 months early, you risk them getting lost or your guests actually forgetting the date as it’s so far off in the future.
While there is a lot to remember when planning a wedding, it’s always best to stay ahead and ensure you leave yourself and your guests plenty of time.
For more detailed advice, check out my timeline for stress free wedding invitations.
A little more about me:
Are you looking for total sophistication and elegance on your big day? Handmade luxury wedding stationery could be the perfect way for you to wow your guests and set the right tone for the day. And here at Crimson Letters that’s exactly what I do!
My name is Rubana and I hand craft luxurious wedding stationery suites using my inspiration and dynamic imagery. I combine watercolour papers and detailed immaculate artwork to produce stunning stationery you’ll want to cherish forever.
I take great pride in what I do, so if you’d like to work with me or you’d like to know more about my work, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or get in touch here.
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