Wedding Invitation Timeline

So you just got engaged and you’re starting to plan the most fantastic and beautiful wedding ever, but you need to send out the invitation. The wedding invitation is such a crucial part to your wedding because it provides all of your family and friends with the correct information they need to make your wedding day a success. With that being said, we’ve come up with a wedding invitation timeline/guide of what aspect of your invitation needs to be sent and when!

Part 1

Save the Date

Although they are not a requirement, save the dates are always a nice heads up for your friends and family. Typically you want to send these out 6-8 months before the wedding. Typically couples make their “Save the Dates” with pictures from their engagement photoshoot.

Part 2


Don’t send your invitations 7 months in advance, because that just is not necessary and is going to put more stress on the wedding planning. Instead, try to get your beautiful invitations out 6-8 weeks before the wedding. That gives your guests plenty of time to RSVP without feeling overwhelmed. Don’t forget that your wedding should include the invitation itself, a reception card, a reply envelope, reply card, directions, and accommodations.

Part 3

Collecting your RSVP’s

Typically you want to collect your RSVP’s around 3-4 weeks before the wedding. This way you will have ample time to alert the caterer, venue, etc. Also this allows you enough time to adjust for plus-ones.

Part 4


We all can get caught up in the wedding madness, but it is important to remember that thank you cards are a must! They should be sent out ASAP. (Pro-tip: fill out the envelopes and cards with the names and addresses of the people your are inviting to save time).


We hope you find this wedding invitation timeline to be helpful! Check out these ideas on going paperless!

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