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June 4, 2024

When Should Wedding Invitations Be Sent?

Sending out wedding invitations is a crucial step in the planning process, and timing is everything. At Elle M Events, we understand the importance of getting your invitations to your guests at the perfect time to ensure they can mark their calendars and make the necessary arrangements. Sooo, when do we send wedding invitations? Here’s a comprehensive guide on when to send your wedding invitations, complete with our expert tips.

Wedding Save the Date with bride and groom hugging

Save the Dates

Before we dive into the specifics of wedding invitations, let’s talk about save the dates. These are typically sent out 6-8 months before the wedding. Save the dates are particularly important if you’re having a destination wedding or a wedding during a holiday season. They give your guests a heads-up to plan for travel, accommodation, and time off work.

Wedding Invitations

The general rule of thumb for sending out wedding invitations is about 6-8 weeks before the wedding. This timing ensures that your guests have enough time to RSVP and make travel arrangements if necessary. Here’s a more detailed breakdown:

If your wedding is local, 6-8 weeks is ideal. This gives your guests plenty of time to respond and make any minor arrangements.

For destination weddings, consider sending your invitations 3-4 months in advance. This allows guests ample time to book flights, accommodations, and plan for any extended time off work.

If your wedding falls during a busy holiday season, sending invitations 3-4 months in advance is also advisable. This helps guests coordinate their holiday plans and your wedding.

Wedding invitation with wax seal and RSVP card

RSVP Deadline

Set your RSVP deadline for about 3-4 weeks before the wedding date. This allows you enough time to finalize the headcount for your caterer, seating arrangements, and any other logistical details.

Additional Tips

Before sending out your invitations, double-check all addresses. It’s a good idea to reach out to guests and confirm their current addresses to avoid any lost invitations.

For guests who live close by, consider hand-delivering the invitations. This personal touch can be appreciated, and it saves on postage.

For guests who haven’t responded by the RSVP deadline, don’t hesitate to follow up with a polite reminder. It’s important to get an accurate headcount for your big day.


In summary, your wedding invitation timeline should look something like this:

By following these guidelines, you’ll ensure that your guests have plenty of time to prepare for your special day, and you’ll have a smoother planning process. For more personalized advice and assistance with all your wedding planning needs, feel free to reach out to us at Elle M Events. With our tailored services we’re here to make your dream wedding a reality! ✨💍
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The Ladies at Elle M Events

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