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tip of the week - your invitation timeline

Jessica Smith

starting every friday, will share a “tip of the week”. if you wish to ask a question for tip of the week, please email us at

the most popular question i get is always regarding the timeline of save the dates or invites, or choosing an RSVP date.

save the date

well first things first. if you are sending out a save-the-date, you have a pretty large window depending on your specific situation. if you have a lot of out-of-town guests, are marrying over a holiday, or having a destination wedding, the sooner the better. 8-12 months before is a good number (if you know that far in advance). if you are sending out a general announcement-style save-the-date… you are fine with 6-8 months


now the big stuff. if you are ordering custom wedding stationery (like from hehe) you will want to get started at least 5-6 months before the wedding. if you are ordering from a catalog with a quick turnaround, you can wait til 3 months before. but boring… who wants to do that :)


around 2-3 months before the wedding, you will want to take a fully assembled invitation to the post office to figure the correct postage. 8-10 weeks before the wedding, drop your assembled invitations in the mail. as a very last resort, you can wait til 6 weeks. but i wouldn’t wait a day later.


your rsvp date should be 4 weeks before the wedding. should you need to know any information sooner (like a count for the hall or caterer), then bump it up as needed, just make sure you send them closer to the 10 week mark if you are moving your rsvp date. 3-4 days after the rsvp date has passed, call anyone who has not responded. this will be extremely helpful for your stationer who is doing your seating cards. and let me tell you, rush printing can be pricey!

there are many variables that play into this. if you are DIYing your stationery, or hiring a hand calligrapher, please allow for extra time. 

thanks for reading and don’t hesitate to email us if you have any more questions regarding the timeline. see you for next week’s tip!