Ever ask yourself when do I send out my save the dates? When should I be sending out my invitations? What date should I have my guests RSVP by? Totally get it! I've done all the research so you don't have to. Wedding planning is hella chaotic but don't you worry girl I've got your back. Mailing your wedding stationery shouldn't have you scratching your head so here's my step-by-step guide to easily stay on track when it comes to sending out your invites.
WHEN DO I SEND SAVE THE DATES?
6 months before the wedding
You know when Batman turns on his signal because the whole sky lights up! Save the dates are pretty much your wedding bat signal. This gives guests plenty of time to mark their calendars and make their plans. Your bridal party will have breathing room to get their days off from work and guests can go ahead and start making arrangements.
WHEN TO BOOK YOUR SAVE THE DATES
8 months before the wedding
Save the date design takes less time to design than the custom invitation suite. For a digitally printed Save the Date, the design process typically takes about 1 month. Booking 8 months ahead of your wedding date should give you plenty of time!
WHEN SHOULD I MAIL OUT THE INVITATIONS TO MY GUESTS?
2 months before wedding
This is the sweet spot for sending out your invitations. Any sooner? People just might forget. Any later? Well, now you're just sending guests scrambling. As the old adage goes: "Timing is everything". Yes, you already send out your Save the Dates so, it should already be marked on their calendar. BUT, now you got the wedding venue locked in so guests can finalize their travel plans.
WHEN TO BOOK YOUR CUSTOM INVITATIONS
6 months before wedding
We like to send our Brides their invitations 3 months before the wedding so there is plenty of time for them to assemble and address their invitations if I haven't been hired to do so already. I highly recommend booking your spot at least six months before your big day because it takes roughly one month to design and one month for the production of your invitation suite. Super fancy foil printing and ombre edge painting take extra time so be sure to book even earlier to add this bomb AF touches to your suite.
WHAT SHOULD MY RSVP DATE BE?
As a wedding stationer, this is one of the most frequently asked questions for my Brides. I always encourage clients to set their reply by one month before the wedding date. This gives you 2 weeks to tie up any loose ends like the seating chart arrangement (scratch out Aunt Karen dot-dot-dot) and lock in your final guest headcount. Most wedding caterers need the finalized count two weeks before the big day.
WHEN DO I SEND THANKYOU NOTES FOR WEDDING GIFTS?
Before the wedding : within 2 weeks
After the wedding: within 3 months
Really, the sooner the better but, you definitely get more leeway after the wedding because you're off to your honeymoon and enjoying newly married life. It is so much easier to be 'The Flash' of thankyou note sending before the wedding be sure to say thank you for all of the champagne flutes and home decor within two weeks. If you send thank you notes out any later than 3 months after the wedding, that just doesn't look too good now does it? This isn't a "ain't nobody got time for that" situation so be sure to tell your guests how appreciated they are before it keeps getting pushed off. You don't want to be the hot topic on the family roast list, do you?
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