Wedding Invitations 101: When to send out wedding invites and save the dates

It’s a question that pops up not too long after the ring does – when do I send out my wedding invitations and save the dates?

After an engagement, word of mouth and perhaps a shiny new rock helps spread the word of you and your fiancé’s upcoming nuptials. However, when it comes to formally getting the word out, there is proper protocol to follow to ensure your guest list is well-informed about your big day while giving yourself and your partner enough time to expect the RSVPs back to plan your wedding accordingly.

When it comes to sending out your save the dates and wedding invitations it’s all about timing – there is such a thing as sending them too early.

Melbourne Save the Date with Seedling Envelope

Our Melbourne Save the Date in Black on White colourway paired with a Seedling envelope.

When to send your save the dates

For a local wedding, or one that is in or near most of your guest’s location, a save the date card should be sent 8 to 10 months in advance. This allows your guests enough time to mark a spot on their calendars and make them aware that a formal invitation is on its way.

For destination weddings, sending a save the date closer to 12 months in advance is best. This allows your family and friends to plan their vacations and request time off from work or school. As destination weddings require more planning for guests, you want to allow for as much room as possible for your guests to ask any questions.

When to send your wedding invitations

It’s best to send your wedding invitations around 4-5 months before your big day. It’s expected that not everyone will RSVP (especially not on time) and sending your invitations too early may cause people to misplace your invite or simply, forget.

For any out of town guests, allow enough leeway to mail out their invites and enough time for them to send back their RSVP cards as well.

For destination weddings, it’s not uncommon for couples to send e-invites, but whether you do it online or the traditional way, destination wedding invitations should be sent 6-10 months ahead of your travel dates. Depending on where you’re getting married, guests (and even you and your partner) may require extra time to gather visas, passports or other travel documents.

Eternity Black on White Invitation, Black on Almond Details Card paired with a Seedling Envelope.

Eternity Black on White Invitation, Black on Almond Details Card paired with a Seedling Envelope.

Creating the wedding invites

While some may see wedding invitations as a smaller detail compared to the venue or even the dress, invites set the tone for your upcoming wedding and can be made to personally represent you as a couple and your love story. Before spending hours scrolling through Pinterest or websites, make a list of the crucial details you want included; will you list your parents’ names? Is there a quote or lyric you both love? Then think of colors or a theme that match the kind of wedding you envision.

At Peppermint Press, it’s all about you. Whether you pick a style from one of our 8 collections, or decide to create a bespoke design, what you see on our website is inspiration for almost anything you want to create.

After we receive your order, we will personally be in touch with you for your design consultation. Unlike other websites where your order ends at checkout and you get what you get, we will work with you to personalise your wedding stationery exactly how you like. Depending on how your invites are printed, the process can take 10 to 15 days. Allow a few extra days to ship to you depending on where you’re located in Australia and more if located internationally – we can provide a shipping estimate at any time before purchase or during your design consultation.

Whether you work with us, design your own wedding stationery or go to another source, make sure to account for enough time to design, print and receive all your stationery. Proofreading is also essential as some companies don’t allow for revisions or re-prints.

Soleil RSVP

Soleil White on Black RSVP paired with White Envelope

We also offer envelope and return addressing to save you time on hand printing or writing each envelope or return card yourself. Be sure to check if this detail is included in your order elsewhere, or if you are doing it yourself, give yourself extra time and extra stationery as backup for any errors.

Creating your wedding invitation is a great way for you and fiancé to get creative and start your wedding planning – think of it as the first steps of your happily ever after.

Do you have any wedding invitation or save the date questions? Let us know in the comments.

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