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  • Writer's pictureAlyssa Napier

When to Mail Your Wedding Invitations (And Everything Else)

One of the most frequent questions we see brides asking online is when to mail out their wedding invitations. You've asked and we've listened! We're answering this common wedding question (plus more) below.

1. Save the Dates

Four to Six Months Out (One Year Out for Destination Weddings)

Your save the dates are the first order of business to take care of when it comes to your wedding stationery. You'll want to get these out far enough in advance to give your guests a heads up so they can request time off work, make travel arrangements, and get the exciting news as soon as possible!

2. Bridal Shower Invitations

Six to Eight Weeks Before Your Bridal Shower

Bridal shower invitations typically take place four to six months before your wedding, but can be as early as three weeks out! Give guests time to shop your registry so they can bring a gift to your bridal shower and celebrate!

3. Wedding Invitations

Six to Eight Weeks Out (Three Months Out for Destination Weddings)

For traditional weddings, six to eight weeks prior is plenty of time to notify your guests of your wedding date, give them time to request time off of work, and make travel arrangements. If you're having a destination wedding, you'll need to mail them out at least three months before your wedding date. If you did not send save the dates, try to get them in the mail at least four months before your wedding date!

4. RSVP Cards

Mail with Invitation Suites (Request to Be Returned 3-4 Weeks Before Your Wedding)

Response cards should be mailed with your wedding invitations six to eight weeks before your wedding. Your RSVP date should be three to four weeks before your wedding. This will give you time to get your final guest count and give this to your vendors.

5. Thank You Cards

One to Three Months After the Wedding

You don't need to worry about thank you cards immediately after your wedding. Go on your honeymoon! Take some time to adjust to being a newlywed. Then gather your thank you cards and start writing! Give yourself a grace period of one to three months after the wedding to get thank you cards in the mail.

Want an easy way to remember when to mail your wedding stationery? Download this wedding stationery timeline below!

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