Wedding Invitation Timeline
When should I send wedding invitations, thank you notes, Save the Dates?
This is a question I get often from our clients, so I’ve created this handy timeline guide
that gives a detailed overview of when to send out wedding invitations.
9-12 MONTHS IN ADVANCE
If you’re having a destination wedding, especially if it’s in an international location, now is the time to order
Save the Dates. This will give your guests plenty of time to make travel arrangements.
6-8 MONTHS IN ADVANCE
Order Save the Dates. Etiquette tip: Be sure to include location on the Save the Date.
You do not have to include the venue, just the city and state.
5 – 6 MONTHS IN ADVANCE
Order destination wedding invitations. Again, destination weddings warrant
more advance notice, so if that describes your affair, be sure to get your invites out early.
3 – 4 MONTHS IN ADVANCE
Order wedding invitations. This allows plenty of time for proofing and printing. When you order invitations
from Fine Day Press, your proofs are ready within 2-3 days. Allow 2 weeks for printing.
6 – 8 WEEKS IN ADVANCE
Mail invitations. Note: Destination weddings should be mailed about 3 months in advance.
Our invitations come unassembled, so leave yourself a day to assemble them and get them ready to mail.
Grab your fiancé or a few pals and have an assembly party! Just save the pizza til after they’re done…
A word about mailing: We recommend taking one complete suite to your local post office. Have them weigh
the full invitation and give you the correct postage amount, for US Mail and International, if needed.
4 WEEKS IN ADVANCE
Order day-of pieces. This includes menus, programs, escort cards, and other day-of stationery.
We highly recommend ordering Thank You notes at this time as well, so you’ll have them ready.
AFTER THE CEREMONY
While etiquette rules say you have 3 months to write thank you notes, it’s ideal to send them within 3 weeks of receiving the gift.
We can make Thank You notes to match your invitation, so order them with your invitations or day-of pieces and you’ll be ready!