Wedding Invitation Timeline

Whew! We’re finally recovered from the holidays and are ready to tackle 2014! We hope you enjoyed your time with family and friends over the new year!

We started 2014 with a bang at the Rapid City Bridal Showcase. If you stopped by our booth, thank you! We were so happy to meet area brides face-to-face. We hope to provide you with all of your wedding stationary needs!

In reflecting on the show, one of the most frequent questions we were asked was when to send out your save the dates and wedding invitations. As always we’re here to help!

Wedding Invitation Timeline

 

Save the Dates: The purpose of a save the date is to give your guests (especially those from out of  town) a timely heads up about the date of your wedding so they can plan accordingly. We generally advise sending these out at least six months in advance. Some websites will suggest sending them anywhere from 3-12 months in advance. You know your guests better than anyone, consider their various travel needs and factor in enough time for them to plan. Save the dates are also a great way to inform out-of-town guests about group hotel accommodations, and your wedding website with extended details.

Invitations: We typically advise sending your invitations six to eight weeks before your wedding. With save the dates becoming so popular, most if not all of your guests will already know the date and started planning to attend. However, it is always a good idea to give them ample time to respond. We will have your invitations to you no later than 30 days before you need to mail them. It’s a good idea to start addressing them as soon as you receive them to give yourself a month’s time to complete the sometimes daunting task.

RSVP: Just like you, your guests schedule are subject to change on a whim. You want your RSVP deadline to be as close to the wedding as possible without putting you in a rush at the end to calculate final head counts, but also so that your guests have a better idea of their availability. Generally two to three weeks prior to the wedding date is a customary deadline for your RSVP.

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