Timing is important when it comes to wedding planning, and one of the most popular questions that couples ask is, “When should we send wedding invitations? And when do we order them?”. You have to give your guests enough notice so that can attend the wedding, and make plans to take time off work or organise childcare if necessary. If you have guests travelling from abroad, you need to let them know in advance so they can arrange travel and accommodation. Depending on the style or detail of the invitations you want, you need to order them in plenty of time, and give yourself enough time to address and send them out. Today we discuss your wedding invitations timeline.
Save The Date
Of course, many of your close friends and family will know your wedding date once it has been set. For guests who are living abroad, it’s important to give them plenty of notice so that they can book flights and accommodation for the wedding, so sending a ‘save the date’ card is useful. A save the date just gives very basic information, such as your names, the date and location of the wedding, with a line to say ‘formal invitation to follow’. Your guests can mark it in the calendar and start making their travel plans. Ideally you should send save the dates 6 months before the wedding.
When To Order
You should be ordering your invitations at least 4-6 months before the wedding. If they are custom made, a wedding stationery designer usually takes anywhere between 4-8 weeks to make your invitations. Some can create them in a shorter time frame, but costs may be higher. Ordering well in advance gives you the opportunity to get extra should you realise you need more wedding invitations than you initially thought. Of course, if you are sending save the dates, you will need to order about 6-8 weeks before you’ll need to post them out. Order approximately 10% more than you need, just in case.
When To Send
The general rule of thump for sending wedding invitations in Ireland is 6-8 weeks before the big day. You should aim to give yourself 2-3 weeks before sending in order to address them and get stamps. Some invitations might require additional assembly if you have reply cards, accommodation information etc, so take this into account and ask friends or family to help you put them together. If you are inviting guests from abroad, 10-12 weeks notice is ideal. If you are getting married over Christmas, New Year or busy bank holidays, always aim to give guests at least 8 weeks notice, as it can be much busier and more expensive for booking accommodation.