Planning Your Wedding Invitation Timeline – What Would Emily Post Do?

Planning Your Wedding Invitation Timeline

By Lisa Marie Carter

Invitations have traditionally been mailed out six to eight weeks before the wedding — that gives guests plenty of time to clear their schedules and make travel arrangements if they don’t live in town. If it’s a destination wedding, give guests more time and send them out three months ahead of time.

As destination weddings and three-day weekends have become more standard, so have save-the-dates. And if you’re marrying during high-travel times like a holiday weekend or summer in a beach town, a save-the-date is an expected courtesy. You don’t have to send one if you don’t want, but it will give guests the heads up about your wedding plans. Between travel arrangements and busy schedules, sending a save-the-date will increase guests’ chances of being able to attend your nuptials. If you decide to mail out save-the-date cards they should go out at six to eight months.

When mailing out your thank you notes it depends on the gift and when it was received by general time lines are; engagement party and shower, within two to three weeks of the festivities; gifts sent before the wedding date, as soon as possible, but definitely before the wedding; gifts given on the day itself, within three months; gifts received after your wedding, within two to three weeks.