Question: Can You Send Out Wedding Invitations Too Early?

Question: Can You Send Out Wedding Invitations Too Early?

Sending them too early or too late can likewise be impolite, so here are basic wedding invite timeline rules: Save the date cards can be sent out as early as a year from your wedding date.

Invitations should be sent to your guests six to eight weeks in advance of your wedding.

When should wedding invitations be mailed out?

Traditionally, invitations go out six to eight weeks before the wedding—that gives guests plenty of time to clear their schedules and make travel arrangements if they don’t live in town. If it’s a destination wedding, give guests more time and send them out three months ahead of time.

How much time do you give guests to RSVP to a wedding?

How long should guests have to RSVP for weddings? Ideally, the RSVP date should fall three to four weeks before the wedding, and the wedding invitation should be mailed six to eight weeks prior to the wedding.

Can you send save the dates too early?

Sending Them Too Late. As a general rule, it’s best to start spreading the news around six to eight months prior to the ceremony (send them earlier for a faraway destination or holiday weekend). This gives wedding guests plenty of time to book their travel, save money and ask for days off work.

What time do you put on wedding invitations?

What will likely happen is that guests who do show up on time (or even a little early) will be left waiting 30 or 45 minutes for the actual ceremony to begin. The time listed on the invitation should be the time the ceremony will begin, not the time guests are expected to arrive.

What do you wear to a 4pm wedding?


  • Women*: Cocktail or dressy afternoon dress.
  • Men: Dark suit; conservative shirt and tie.
  • Women*: Depending on local customs, long evening dress or dressy cocktail dress; gloves optional.
  • Men: Tuxedo (required if invitation states “Black tie”) or dark suit.
  • Women*: Dressy afternoon dress, suit, or pantsuit.

Do you have to send RSVP cards with wedding invitations?

If you’re sending your invitations early enough (we’re talking 12 weeks before a non-destination wedding), having a B-list of guests can be OK. However, if you’re going to send out a second round of invitations, make sure you’ve printed a second set of RSVP cards.

What needs to be on a wedding invitation?

Naturally, your wedding invitation suite should include your wedding invitation—and though it may seem obvious what should be written on an invite, couples commonly (and surprisingly) forget to include key details like time, date, ceremony location, and/or the reception location.

What do you do when people don’t RSVP to your wedding?

5 steps for handling guests who don’t RSVP

  1. Step 1 – Breathe. Yes, it is super frustrating that you have given your guests a couple of weeks to let you know if they will be attending your wedding and they still haven’t replied.
  2. Step 2 – Give them another couple of days.
  3. Step 3 – Start the calls.
  4. Step 4 – Get on email/text.
  5. Step 5 – If they still don’t respond.

How far in advance should save the dates go out?

For a destination wedding, it is customary to mail save the dates 8 to 12 months in advance. For a local affair, send save the dates 4 months in advance. Follow your save the dates with your formal invitations about 8 weeks before the wedding.

When should you ask your bridesmaids?

The best rule is to ask your friends, and family members, to be your bridesmaids anywhere between a year to eight months before your wedding. That will give them enough time to plan the bachelorette party and get their dresses.

Do you send save the dates to everyone?

Sending a Save the Date Card but not an Invitation. Think carefully before sending out save the dates because they have to go to people that you are actually going to invite to the wedding. You can’t send a save a date to someone who you might only invite to the wedding reception at a later date.

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