Once you start planning your wedding, one of the first questions you’ll probably ask is when you should order and mail out your wedding invitations. Well, knowing the perfect time to order your wedding invitations is crucial as you don’t want it to be too early that there can still be changes to your wedding, nor too late that your supplier might charge you more expensively.
Finalize All the Important Details
First of all, before ordering wedding invitations, you need to make sure that all the important details are finalized. Finalize the date, venue, and overall theme of your wedding. Make sure that all your important family members, loved ones, and wedding vendors are available on this date and that you have already reserved the venue.
Don’t forget to have a rough estimate of the number of guests that you are expecting. You don’t need to list down all the names yet, but make sure that the number of invitations you order is close to the number of guests that you expect.
Timeline of Ordering the Wedding Invitations
Your wedding invitation is the first peek of what your wedding will be like to family and friends. It will set the style, tone, and give them an idea of your overall theme.
To have plenty of time in designing, writing the wording, and deciding on the perfect wedding invitation for your wedding, make sure to order at least four to six months before your wedding date and to mail it out at least two months before your wedding.
Make sure to adjust this timeline to one to two months earlier if you do not plan to send out a Save the Date Card. You should also consider sending it out earlier if you are planning on having a destination wedding, or a wedding on a holiday or wedding peak season.
Three months after your wedding, don’t forget to send out Thank You Cards for all the guests who attended your wedding.
Avoid Invitation Errors
If there’s one mistake you want to avoid, it’s a mistake on your invitation! Once your wedding invitations are printed, it can be costly to undo errors. Make sure to be extra careful in finalizing wedding details to avoid stationery mistakes, spelling errors, and other etiquette issues.
Have your invitations checked and double-checked by a trusted friend or family member or by your wedding planner. Order at least 20 extra wedding invitations in case of errors, a last-minute guest, or simply to for safekeeping.