When to send your Save the Dates and Wedding invitations

Planning a wedding should be fun and exciting, but with so many tasks to complete and track, it can easily become overwhelming instead. One way to manage the process so that it runs more smoothly is to create a timeline that will help you stay on task. When putting your timeline together, be sure to include the best time to order and send your Save the Dates and wedding invitations. Sending your wedding stationery on time will allow guests to plan for your event and ensure that you receive RSVPs early in the wedding-planning process.

Save the Dates

The best time to order and mail your Save the Dates will depend on when and where you are having your wedding. For most weddings, it is usually best to order Save the Dates 9-12 months out, and then send them 5-6 months before the event.

If, however, you’re having a destination wedding or having the ceremony over the holidays, you will want to give guests more time to plan their travel arrangements and holiday schedules. Order the Save the Dates as soon as you’ve set a date so you will have enough time to label all of the envelopes and send them out 9-11 months before the wedding.


Wedding invitations set the tone for the event and will let guests know whether to expect a casual or formal affair. As such, it’s important to allow yourself plenty of time to pick out your preferred style and choose the right wording. Plan to have your invitations picked out so you can order them 3-4 months before the wedding.

Once your invitations arrive in the mail, start addressing envelopes right away. The more time you allow yourself to put your invitations together and get them ready to post, the less stressful the process will be. It’s best to send out your invitations about 6-8 weeks before the event so your guests will have enough time to RSVP and you will have enough time to plan for the right number of guests.

When planning a wedding, it’s important to start early and keep track of your progress throughout the process. Keep a list of tasks you need to complete and deadlines for each so you can stay organized and sane!

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