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Yay! You’ve officially picked your wedding date. This is the first of many exciting moments in your wedding planning process. Now that you have your date set, it’s time to get the ball rolling – get your save-the-dates mailed, and plan the timing of sending your formal invites. Even if you’re sure your wedding will be your guests’ priority, it’s helpful (and polite) to give your invitees some extra time to plan.

Mail your Save the Dates

  • Save-the-dates should be sent out 6-8 months before the wedding.
  • For a destination wedding, save-the-dates should be sent out 8-10 months in advance.
    • This ensures guests have extra time to book and plan travel.
    • Between travel arrangements and busy schedules, sending an early save-the-date will increase guests’ chances of attending your celebration.
  • Also, it is courteous to add a few extra weeks to your save-the-date timeline if your event falls on or around a holiday.

Tips for your Save-the-Date

  • If you have one, your wedding website should be included on your save-the-date.
  • To keep your wedding stationary cohesive, use a matching look for your save-the-dates and wedding invites, you can find examples here and here.

Mail your Wedding Invites

  • Traditionally, invitations go out 6-8 weeks before the wedding. You want to give guests plenty of time to clear their schedules and make travel plans if they don’t live in town.
  • If it’s a destination wedding, give guests more time and send them out at least three months ahead of time.
    • Be sure to include all travel details, hotel accommodations, and activities and events you have planned for your big celebration in your invitation.

Tips for your Wedding Invite:

  • Make your RSVP date 2-3 weeks before your wedding date. This will give you enough time to get a final head count to the caterer (one week before) and to finalize your seating arrangements.
    • If a few guests still haven’t responded by your deadline, give them a quick call and ask for their RSVPs.
  • If you’re having an adult-only wedding, address your invitations correctly – send them to each guest by name, not “and guest(s)” – this will make sure guests understand that the invite is meant for only those mentioned.

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