When Should I Order my Wedding Invitations?

Now that the delight of the proposal is behind you, the next step in the exciting journey of wedding planning is sending out wedding invitations! Depending on how far out you start planning, you will want to give yourself as much time as possible to order and send save the date cards and then formal invitations.

Ideally, wedding planning should start at least a year in advance, but that’s not always possible. In that case, follow these guidelines as soon as you can to ensure all your guests can make it to your big day!

Six months to one year – Before ordering wedding invitations or save the dates, make sure that all details are confirmed, such as venue, wedding date and wedding website. Order save the date cards and send them to all guests, bridal party and even vendors. If you are hosting a destination wedding, be sure to give your guests even more time to make the proper travel arrangements.Four to six months – Order your wedding invitations after you’ve decided on the theme and color palette of the wedding. Give yourself plenty of time to browse different designs, paper options and ensemble packages. Wedding invitations set the tone for the look and feel of your wedding, so don’t rush the process! You will also need enough time to assemble invitations and send them out, so factor this into the ordering date.Two to four months – Send out wedding invitations at least six to eight weeks before the wedding date. In addition, send out wedding rehearsal dinner invitations to the bridal party and guests so they can set the date aside. You will want to have enough time to get RSVPs confirmed for plate settings and wedding programs, so stay on top of guests if there are any outstanding invites that go unanswered within a timely manner.

Spend time going through the various styles before ordering wedding invitations – there are countless styles that complement traditional, contemporary and even themed weddings!