This is probably the question I hear most as a stationer! When should I send out my invitations? When should I send out my Save the Dates?
The answer, thankfully, is fairly simple. Your invitations should be sent out 6-8 weeks before your wedding, and your Save the Dates should be sent out 6-8 months before your wedding.
If you’ve sent out Save the Dates, or all of your wedding guests are from in-town (no more than an hours drive away) you can send your invitations out closer to the 6 week mark. In that case, your guests either already know about the wedding or wouldn’t have to make travel arrangements to be there, so they don’t need as much time.
If you didn’t send out Save the Dates, or your guests are from further away and will need to make hotel arrangements or flight plans, you will want to be closer to the 8 week mark for your invitations.
But what if I’m having a destination wedding?
In today’s time, the line of what is and what isn’t a destination wedding has gotten pretty blurry. In the past, families lived much closer to one another, so any wedding that wasn’t in your hometown was considered a destination wedding. Nowadays, our families and friends are much more spread out, and just about any wedding is a “destination” wedding.
Unless your wedding is out of the country, over 75% of your guests have to fly in, or it is on or a few days from a large holiday (New Year’s, Christmas, Labor Day, 4th of July) you are just fine sending your invitations out 8 weeks before your wedding. If you are one of the few that fall into one of those categories, 8-10 weeks would be appropriate.
Stick to those time spans, and you’ll be golden! And if you’re like me and think “the earlier the better” – that is not the case with wedding invitations! Read more here on why sending out your invitations early isn’t a good thing.