With so many pieces, it can be confusing when to send them out. It get’s even more confusing when you try to decipher traditional etiquette versus the more modern, lax rules. To clear all this up, we’ve created a timeline to guide you on when to send each piece of your invitation suite out. Use this invitation timeline to make sure you get everything sent out on time and without any stress! Take a look!

Save the Dates

Traditionally, save the date cards are sent out six to eight months before the wedding. The main reason they are sent out so far in advance is so people have time to make travel arrangements. However, this long timeline isn’t always a luxury for many brides. If you are working with a shorter timeline, try to send save the date cards out as soon as you have set a date and book a venue. Shoot for about four to six months in advance if possible. If you aren’t sending save the dates, then you can skip this step!

Invitations

Invitations should be sent out six to eight weeks before the wedding. This ensures that people can put your event on their calendar before other things come up. This also gives you time to get your RSVP cards back if you choose to send those out. Again, if you’re working on a shorter timeline, just try to send them as far out as possible. Aim for about a month in advance at least.

RSVP Cards

This deadline is not as much for you as it is for your guests. On the RSVP card, let your guests know that you would like their responses two to three weeks before your wedding date. This will allow you enough time to make changes to your seating chart and catering head count.

Thank You Cards

If you receive a gift before the wedding, the general rule is to send a thank you card within two weeks. For gifts received after the wedding, send out cards within four weeks. Make sure you respond promptly to all gifts to let the giver know you are grateful and appreciate their kindness.