Shop our collection of Wedding InvitationsHe popped the question, and you said yes. Now it's time to get organized! Here is a great reference guide for when to mail out your various wedding announcements:
We recommend mailing out save-the-dates three to twelve months prior to the wedding, depending on the type of wedding you're planning (local, multiday, holiday, destination). The cards should include only the basic important information: the name of the bride and groom, the date or dates of the event, and the location. You may also want to include hotel and airline information to assist traveling wedding guests. And don't forget to introduce your theme with the save-the-date cards; as the first formal wedding announcement your guests will receive, it should be consistent with everything you're planning for the invitations and the celebration.
Bridal Shower Invitations
We recommend mailing out shower invitations three to four weeks prior to the wedding shower.
Rehearsal Dinner Invitations:
Traditionally, the parents of the groom or the groom himself hosts the rehearsal dinner. Invitations for the rehearsal dinner should be sent out just after the wedding invitations have been placed in the mail, typically four to five weeks before the wedding. This way guests will have all the information they need on hand to make travel arrangements, including airline,
rental car, and lodging reservations.
Here are some standards for mailing your wedding invitations. Generally, wedding invitations should be mailed four to six weeks before the event. Try to mail out invitations on a Saturday so that they arrive in the beginning of the week, when people are more likely to pay attention to their mail. If you are planning a destination wedding, give guests more time to make travel arrangements. Either send out save-the-dates a year or so in advance with information on hotel and airline package deadlines or send the formal wedding invitation, including information on deadlines and special rates, six to nine months in advance of the wedding.
Follow these simple guidelines, and rest assured that the news of your big day won't be overlooked or missed. Success is all in the timing!
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