Happy Tuesday! We’re not wasting any time today. Let’s jump right in!
Today’s post answers the ever-burning question, “When should I send my save the dates, invitations, thank you’s, etc?”
My first answer to that question is, “Well, it depends.” I realize this probably isn’t the answer you wanted to hear, but read on!
I say, “It depends,” because every wedding is different. Some are formal (think black tie events), some are very laid back and casual (think backyard wedding with barbecue to follow). The coolest part about it is that your wedding can be a reflection of you. The nature of your wedding is really what dictates your wedding correspondence to begin with, along with the timing of sending it out. That being said, I’ll give you the guidelines for what etiquette encourages, and then you can custom tailor your own timing around the nature of your event.
Save the Dates: 6-12 months
Here at Ann Elizabeth, we recommend sending your Save the Dates out six months to a year in advance.
This recommendation is with your out-of-state guests in mind; you want to give them as much notice as possible so they can plan travel and lodging.
If you still have questions, check out my in-depth post about Save the Dates and see if your questions aren’t answered there. If not, you’re welcome to email me at dana [at] annelizabeth dot com and I’d be happy to help you out.
Wedding Invitations: 6-8 weeks
It’s best to mail your invitations around 6 weeks prior to your event, which would mean starting your wedding invitations 10-14 weeks before your big day. You may think this is a huge chunk of time, but believe you me: it will FLY by! It’s important to make sure you give yourself enough time. Personally, I’d rather have more time than not enough.
If you are including an RSVP with your invitation, tack on 2 weeks to the “6 weeks prior” deadline I just mentioned and make it 8 weeks. You’ll want to set the “RSVP by…” date a couple weeks prior to your wedding to give yourself some time to get everything organized and your numbers down solid.
Thank You Notes: ASAP
My Grandma always used to say, “Gratitude is the best attitude.” And how right she is! Get those thank you notes into the hands of your beloved guests as soon as you can, but no later than your 2 month anniversary. They’ll be happy and so will you.
I hope this helps you feel better about the timing of when your wedding correspondence should be sent. Until next time!
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