When it comes to wedding planning, there’s the stuff you can’t wait to do (cake tastings, anyone?) and the stuff you have to do but aren’t really sure about (and are finding pretty stressful). Two words: Wedding invitations. Well, you've obviously found your dream wedding stationery :), so next is the invitation etiquette...
Firstly, theres no need to panic. Let us make this part easy for you with a list of when to send out invitations, save the dates and when to set RSVP cut-off date:
Save the Date Cards - As soon as you set the date
Save the Date cards should be sent as soon as you set the date and decide on a location for your wedding.
It is especially important to send a Save the Date card if you wish to hold a destination wedding or know you will have a large proportion of guests who will need to make travel arrangements. Save the Date cards also provide your guests with an appropriate amount of time to organise leave from work if required and to decline other offers they may receive for the same date.
Your Save the Date card doesn’t need to be elaborate; it purely needs to contain your wedding date and ceremony/reception location.
Wedding Invitations - 8 weeks before
Ideally wedding invitations should be sent out at least eight weeks before the wedding.
This should allow your guests plenty of notice to clear their schedules and make necessary arrangements in order
to attend your wedding. Sending out your invitation eight weeks in advance also allows you to set your RSVP date a little earlier.
By setting your RSVP date a little earlier you’ll be able to organise your seating chart before the final week of your wedding when things can get a little crazy.
RSVP date - 3 weeks before
Your RSVP date may be constrained by your reception venue who may request a final head count by a certain date in the lead up to the big day.
If this is not the case we recommend setting your RSVP date 2-3 weeks in advance, preferably 3 weeks prior to your wedding day. This will guarantee you have plenty of time to finalise numbers on your wedding favours, create place cards and organise your seating chart.
Thank you cards - 3 months after
There is no strict etiquette timeline for when you should send out your thankyou cards as you will find.
Every website will offer a different number, what each website can agree on is that they should be sent out sooner rather than later. As a general rule however we recommend no later than 3 months after your wedding, this way your wedding will still be fresh in your guest’s minds.
While not essential, it is wise to order your Thank You cards with your wedding invitations so that they are there and ready to go when the time comes to start sending them out. This will help with your response times by speeding up the process.