Wedding Invitation Tips

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You will look back on your wedding invitations as precious keepsakes as I’m sure many of your guests will. When I receive an invitation it stays on the fridge for months so I’m regularly reminded of an exciting event coming up! As well as being treasured, they are a very important element of your wedding. Your invitations contain all the necessary information your guests need to know about your event. Read on to find out all about some wedding invitation tips.

When should I send a Save the Date card?

Save the Date cards have become very popular in recent years, especially for destination weddings or if guests are coming from overseas. They are usually sent 8-9 months before the wedding so guests have enough time to organise flights and accommodation. A Save the Date sent with love by snail mail is very thoughtful and in times of uncertainty with travelling around the world, it’s also clever planning. I recommend sending your full wedding invitation suite later, much closer to your wedding date, so you can be more certain with guest numbers. 

When should I send my invitations out? 

Traditionally, you should send out your main wedding invitations 6-8 weeks before your wedding. But if you’re like me and like to be super organised, sending out your invitations 3-4 months beforehand is totally fine too! Make sure you send them earlier if you are inviting overseas guests. This is particularly important if you choose not to send a Save the Date card.

When should I order my wedding invitations? 

Work back from the date you want to have them ready to send. Leave at least 6 weeks to get them designed and printed. Your stationery designer can also help you with your timeline, so ask them to explain their design process to you. If you are choosing a specialty printing method such as foil or letterpress (or super luxe-  foil letterpress!) you need to factor in an additional 8 weeks for production. Also give yourself enough time to collect all your guests addresses and factor in postage times (especially to overseas guests).

What date should the RSVP be? 

The RSVP date should be 3-4 weeks before the wedding date. It’s important to get your RSVPs back as early as possible and start finalising your guest list. It’s super helpful for getting your on-the-day stationery ordered such as place cards, menus and a seating chart. If any guests don’t RSVP you may have to give them a call or message to confirm! 

Choosing and sending out your invitations is one of the most exciting parts of your wedding planning. Every wedding is unique with guests coming from near or far so decide on the best timeline to send out your invitations and build the anticipation of your day. And don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions about my wedding invitation tips. I’m always up for a chat!