One of the most confusing topics out there in the wedding planning process is, ‘when do I send out the invitations or save-the-date cards?’ You could ask that question many times and still find a variety of answers – but there are some general rules as to when you should put your cards in the mail. There is an ideal timeframe for each of these – you want to give guests plenty of time to make arrangements, but you don’t want to send them out too far in advance or too close to the date. Here are some tips to knowing exactly when to send the invitations and save-the-dates:

  • Save the DatesAfter nailing down a wedding date, brides send out save-the-date cards anywhere from six to twelve months in advance. Not sure when to send yours? If your wedding guest list is mostly local and you are having the reception and ceremony nearby, six months is enough time to get the word out to guests and allow them to reserve the day for your wedding. However, if you’re having a destination wedding or one that requires guests to come from a distance, offer the courtesy of at least nine to twelve months – that gives them enough time to save up for transportation and accommodations.





InvitationsSince your guests should already have received the save-the-dates in advance, you can send out the formal invitations with all the ceremony and reception details. Wedding invitations are typically sent out six to eight