Everything You Need to Know Before Sending Your Wedding Invitations

In this post, you will learn everything you need to know about when you should mail your wedding invitations and save the dates. After reading this blog post, all questions about when to send your wedding invitations and save the date will be answered!

Before Mailing Your Wedding Invitations:

Before you can begin to think about mailing out your wedding invitations, a few things need to happen. First, you must secure a venue. Sometimes you may have a fabulous date in mind, but until you confirm your venue, you will not know if that date is available and, indeed, will be your wedding date. Once your venue is secured you now have a confirmed wedding date. You can move on to the next step.

The next step is to come up with a color scheme and concept for your wedding invitations. Your wedding invitation are the first thing your guest will receive and will set the tone for what they should expect about the wedding day. Take the time to create a concept that will match the theme and color of your overall wedding.

Feel free to add personal touches that are unique to the bride and groom. Once you have an idea of how you would like your invites to look, you can decide if you will purchase your wedding invitations online, customs make them through a stationary vendor, or you can DIY your wedding invitation. Should you choose to DIY, this would be a great activity you can do with your bridesmaids.

Wedding Invitations Composition:

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The wedding invitation suite should include the following: the main invitation, reception card (if the reception is at a different location), travel directions card, attire card, meal card, and wedding website card.


Wedding Invitation Mailing Process:


When Should I mail wedding invitations?

Mail your wedding invitations six to eight weeks before your wedding date.


Who should receive a wedding invitation?

You can send one invitation per household. Inside your actual invitation, you would have the names of the person(s) who will be invited. Make sure you have enough meal cards included in the invite for each person in the household who is invited.


How far before the wedding should the RSVP date be?

RSVPs should be due one month before the wedding.


What time should we put on our wedding invitations?


Typically you can place the start time as 30 minutes before the ceremony starts.  However, if you know that you have a crowd that tends always to be late, it is suggested that you place the start time 45 minutes before the ceremony starts.

Where do you put the return address on your wedding invitations?

The return address usually goes on the back flap of the envelope. The return address should be that of the person to who you intended to send the invitation to.


Save the dates has become the new normal during the invitation process. Save dates are an excellent way to add a personal touch. It’s also a great way to share your wedding date ahead of time so your guest can make the necessary accommodations.

When should I send my save-the-date? 

The save the date should be sent out six months before your wedding date. For destination weddings, you can send your save the date at least one year in advance.

Who should get a save-the-date?

The only ones who should get a save the date are the guest you plan on inviting to your wedding.

Wedding Invitation Pro Tips

  1. You don’t have to give every single guest a plus-one.
  2. The wedding website link can be placed on save the date.
  3. Make sure to place postage on your response card/envelopes. Guests should not have to pay for postage.

In this post, you learned everything you need to know to successfully prepare your wedding invitations and save the date before sending them off.  

If you are in the Miami area and are looking for support with planning your wedding, you can learn more about my services here.

Let me know in the comments below if you will work with a vendor, DIY, or purchase your wedding invitations online.


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