Being in the unconventional wedding & event planning business and making bespoke stationery for my Essex and Suffolk couples, one of the most frequently asked questions is; When should we send out our wedding invites?
My answer, as always is; Traditionally they are sent out 6-8 weeks before the big day and I am met with the same jaw dropping reaction to my reply every time!
Nowadays the world is very different, we have two in a household with full time careers. We have destination weddings, weekday weddings and holidays throughout the year. Christmas is also now one of the busiest times of the year and starts in September! Plus being unconventional, we don’t do things by the book!
Save the Dates?
Now think, are you sending save the date cards or not? These do exactly what they say on the tin. They make your guests aware of the date of your upcoming wedding and to ‘save the date’.
These are perfect for guests who need to travel far to your wedding so they can organise their transport and/or accommodation. For guests who need to arrange childcare or renew passports for a destination wedding. For weddings that are happening in peak times (May through to October, with July and August being the most popular). Or if you have a weekday wedding, so they can get a couple of days off work.
I mean who wants to go to work the next day, after your EPIC do?!
So if you are sending Save the Dates, I would suggest sending them out 6 months in advance. Giving your guests plenty of time to make all of the necessary arrangements. Remember you only need to send them out to the day guests, evening guests will have a lot less to organise.
Or you could save yourself some money and not send any! If you are having a weekend wedding, at a quieter time of year and you are all local to the venue, as guests would need less notice.
So come on when should I send my Wedding Invites?
So taking this all into consideration, I tell my Essex & Suffolk couples to send out their wedding day invites 3-4 months before the big day (4-5 months for destination weddings). The evening invites I would send 2-3 months before the big day. If you have some evening guests you would like bumped up to the day list, this would be a good time frame to do so.
Always give a date of at least a month for your RSVPs to be in by. Giving you plenty of time to give gentle nudges to the people who have forgotten. Therefore having your final numbers ready for all of your suppliers, two weeks in advance.
Try not to be tempted to send them so far in advance, that they are put to the bottom of the pile or misplaced. Your stationery is the first insight into your magical day, not just another piece of paper.
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xx Jodie xx