You’ve found your perfect invitations, worked through the wording and details, and they have finally arrived. To save a bit of money, you’ve decided to invite your friends over to have an assembly party so you can get them in the mail. Here are a couple tips for when to send your save the dates and invitations.
If you’re sending out save the dates, mail them six to eight months before the wedding so that calendars can be marked and there will be no surprises when the actual invitations arrive. Just make sure that everyone who receives a save the date also receives an invitation.
Ideally, you should send your wedding invitations eight weeks before your wedding. This gives your guests plenty of time to clear their schedules and make travel arrangements. Request that RSVP’s be returned by two to three weeks before the wedding. This allows you to know how many guests to expect before crunch time!
If you’re having a destination wedding, give your guests more time to make arrangements by mailing invitations three months before the wedding.
Before purchasing stamps, take an assembled invitation to the post office and have it weighed. Inserts can add additional weight, or unusually shaped envelopes will require extra postage. Skipping this step could result in your invitations being returned for insufficient postage. This would throw your entire timeline off because the invitations would arrive late, plus you’d have to purchase new envelopes, re-address them and purchase the correct postage to send them out again. Take our advice, and get your envelopes weighed.
Once you are sure you know how much it will cost in postage to mail your invitations, you can look into purchasing wedding-themed stamps. It’s certainly not required, regular stamps will work, but adds a special touch to your envelopes!