Save the Dates
In general, save the dates should reach your guests six to eight months before your wedding and up to a year before international and destination weddings. We recommend ordering save the dates eight months before traditional celebrations and up to 14 months before destination weddings.
Traditionally, invitations are mailed six to eight weeks before the wedding. We strongly recommend ordering your invitation suite at least four months before your wedding date. That gives you two months to receive and address your invitations. If you’re planning to create custom invitations or add extra touches like calligraphy, you may want to allow even more time.
The invitation sets the tone for your event more so than any other piece, so let this one shine. From the invitation forward, it’s usually a good idea to have your pieces match. It’s an easy way to make your event feel consistent and seamlessly stylish.
Programs, Menus, Place Cards
Additional pieces for the wedding weekend, ceremony and reception may include:
- Place cards
- Escort cards
- Information cards
- Activities cards
We recommend ordering any pieces you’ll need for your wedding celebration at least six to 10 weeks before the event.
Dos and don’ts
- Do order extras. Trust us, you’ll be glad you did. Having extra invitations and envelopes on hand not only saves the day when you or a calligrapher make a mistake during the addressing stage, but also means you’ll have additional copies as mementos for friends, family and yourself. A standard rule of thumb is to order 10 extra copies of your invitation.
- Do spend some time thinking about where RSVPs should be sent. While RSVPs traditionally go to the wedding host(s), many guests will automatically send gifts to the RSVP address included with the invitation. If parents hosting the wedding live in a different town from the bride and groom, you may choose to have RSVPs sent directly to the bride-to-be.