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There’s a fine dance involved in deciding when to address and send your Save the Dates and Wedding Invitations. If you send them too early, an event too distant on the horizon may get lost in your guests’ busy lives. If you send them too late, out-of-town guests may have difficulty making travel and lodging arrangements.

General rules for Save the Dates and wedding invitations:

  • Send Save the Dates 4-6 months in advance.
  • Send Wedding Invitations 2-3 months in advance.

Invitation Insights:

  • Order your wedding invitations 4-5 months before the wedding. This will give you time for addressing — calligraphy or special printing perhaps — and mailing.
  • Invitations should include an RSVP date 3 weeks before the big event. The RSVP tells you how many guests to expect; useful information for seating arrangements and catering.

For Destination Weddings:

If you’re planning a destination wedding, send out your Save the Dates 6-8 months before the wedding. This helps your guests secure travel and accommodations. Then, 3-4 months before the wedding send out your invitations.

Most destination weddings include excursions, tours and events beyond the wedding and reception. So, have an RSVP date a month prior to the date of departure. This will give you time to buy the right amount of welcome gifts and provide an idea of how many bungee jumping, surfing, or zip-lining experiences you need to reserve.



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