Now that you are in midst of wedding planning and you’re having soo much fun (or completely stressed out), let’s not forget that you need to plan ahead for your wedding invitation’s departure!
Start off by making sure you pick an invitation design at least four months or more before your wedding. You need to remember to take into account, design time, rough drafts, proofing, changes, and printing! If you are ordering directly from a website, you still want to give yourself time to receive your invitations in the mail and make sure everything looks perfect. Mistakes can happen and you wouldn’t want to receive your invitations last minute and realize you are marrying Jim instead of Tim!!!
Want to speed up the process, have your envelopes preprinted. How you say? A great source for envelope printing on a budget is using the wedding website minted. Otherwise, as an invitation designer, envelope printing is an add-on that I offer all of my customers.
Did you “Save the Date”?
If you sent out a save the date, eight weeks is a good mark to shoot for. If you have tons of guests from out of town and you didn’t list your accommodations on your save the date, you will want to give your guests extra time and send invitations out ten to twelve weeks prior to your wedding date.
No, you didn’t “Save the Date”!
No fear, save the dates might be a trend, but they are NOT mandatory. Most of your close friends and family members will already have an idea of your wedding date, but it is a good idea to send your invites out around the ten to twelve week mark. This gives your guests time to get your wedding on their schedule before their busy lives are booked full.
If you have tons of guests from out of town, sending invites at the fourteen to sixteen week mark wouldn’t be a bad idea.
Oh Sh*t, it’s Past the Eight Week Mark
Well, get your life together and get those invites out ASAP! Keep into consideration that you are the one who in the end needs your guest to respond in a timely matter. RSVP’s should be in your hand at least one to three weeks before your wedding date, depending on you vendors requirements. Also, don’t plan on everyone on your guest lists showing up if you send your invites out late!
So get your big girl panties on and get those wedding invitations in the mail!