When To Send Out Wedding Invitations
Trying to find the right time to send out wedding invitations is not a big debate among most couples. They figure that the earlier, the better. To an extent, this is true. There are some things to keep in mind when deciding when you will send out your invitations.
Local or Destination
If your guests are coming locally – which in this case, will be defined as anything within a forty-five minute drive of their residence – then sending out wedding invitations two to three months before the big day is most common. This gives them enough time to prepare but at the same time, does not put the special day at such a distance that guests are going to forget about it or see it in poor taste. If guests are coming from out of town however, this changes things a little bit. To give them ample time to plan and save up financially, mailing out wedding invitations should be done anywhere five to six months in advance. Anything less than that and a couple is running the risk of catching an invitee off guard, possibly offending them, and/or possibly not having them attend.
Is it a Summer Wedding?
Summer weddings are among the most popular in Canada, with the vast majority of couples choosing to have their weddings sometime June through August. This can sometimes be difficult for both local and destination weddings. Many people plan their entire summer around their vacation time. Surprising them with a wedding invite late in the game may cause them more inconvenience than anything. So, for a summer wedding, you want to send out invitations roughly ten to twelve months prior to the date. We know a year seems far but it allows guests to change their summer vacation plans and/or make summer vacation plans before anything is set in stone. It also gives them the opportunity to book their flights at a more favourable time.
Set a Deadline for RSVPs
When you are deciding on the details of when to send your wedding invitations, what to include, and how you want to phrase it, among all this highly important info should be a deadline for RSVPs as well. Though there is no strict set of rules as it relates on when to set a deadline and while some couples may choose to not set a firm deadline, make an RSVP confirmation scheduled for, at the latest, two to three weeks before your wedding date. This gives people ample time to decide whether they will attend and will still provide enough time for you to get a final head count to the caterer as well as to finalize your seating chart.
Does a Wedding Website and do Online Invitations Work
Instead of sending out wedding invitations to everyone on the guest list, younger couples oftentimes choose to open a wedding website and/or to send out online invitations via email. To close friends, this is more than acceptable. To family however, who might be accustomed to something a little more formal and/or traditional, a physical wedding invitation might be recommended.
In the end, it is up to the bride and groom to decide when to send out wedding invitations, what to include, and the exact form that they want the invitation to take.