WHEN TO SEND: A Guide to Timely Invitations

September 30 2015 – Laura Wright



As a general rule, we advise our clients to send party invitations 3-4 weeks in advance, wedding invitations 6-8 weeks in advance and save-the-date cards as soon as possible.

We suggest that invitations to events on holiday weekends or to which many guests must travel, invitations are sent sooner.  If a date is chosen, but details are not yet decided upon, a save-the-date card is a great option to ensure good attendance.

The host may follow the guidelines found here, but must also rely on common sense and courtesy to determine a period in which to send. 

KEEP IN MIND:  In order to send your invitations on a certain date, they must be ordered in advance of the sending date.  Typically, personalized invitations have a 2 week turn around time, while custom invitations take longer.  You must also consider the amount of time it will take the invitations to be shipped to you (if necessary) and to be properly stuffed and addressed.

If a rush order is necessary, we will make every effort to accommodate you.  CONTACT US if you have any questions in regards to invitations and/or turn around times.  

Below, Emily Post makes suggestions for specific events.  The more formal the event, the sooner she advises sending the invitation:

Post, Emily. Etiquette. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 2011.