When to Send Save the Dates, Wedding Invitations & Thank You Cards

Save the date cards, custom wedding invitations and personalized wedding thank you cards all play a crucial role in your wedding correspondence. It's important to understand the etiquette associated with sending each of these items to ensure all guests have ample time to mark their calendars and prepare for your wedding.

When to Send Save the Dates

Send guests save the dates 4-6 months before your wedding date. If you're hosting a destination wedding or getting married on or near a holiday such as Christmas or New Year's Eve, plan on sending save the date announcements 7-10 months in advance.

When to Send Wedding Invitations

Plan to send your invitations eight weeks before your wedding and set an RSVP deadline about 2-3 weeks before. At the latest, make sure wedding invitations are mailed 6 weeks before your wedding with an RSVP date of 2 weeks before the wedding date.

When to Send Wedding Thank You Cards

Bridal shower thank you cards should be sent within 2 weeks of the shower. Wedding thank you cards should be sent no more than 6-8 weeks after the ceremony. You can (and should) start sending thank you notes as soon as gifts begin coming in. You will likely start receiving gifts before your wedding date. Writing thank you notes as gifts come in will lighten the load as you may end up with hundreds of thank you notes to write near the time of your wedding! Many couples order thank you notes with their wedding invitations to ensure they have coordinating stationery on hand as they receive gifts.

Related Resources:

Essential Wedding Planning Checklist
When to send Save the Dates, Wedding Invitations & Thank You Cards
Wedding Reception Timeline
How to Address Wedding Invitations
Wedding Invitation Wording
Wedding Reception Seating Etiquette
Rehearsal Dinner Etiquette
Wedding Ceremony Program Wording
Ordering Guideline

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