When To Send Out Invitations
Typically, save-the-dates are sent six-eight months before an event. Most wedding invitations are mailed six-eight weeks prior to the event to give guests plenty of time to make travel arrangements and organise their schedules. If you’re having a destination wedding, invitations should be sent three months ahead of time.
When To Make The RSVP Deadline
The RSVP deadline should be two to three weeks before the wedding date to allow you to finalise your seating chart and give a final head count to the caterers. If some guests still haven’t responded by your deadline, give them a quick call and ask for their RSVPs.
When To Start Ordering
Aim to order your invitations when your wedding guest list is final, about three to four months before. If you are proceeding through our Bespoke Service you should contact us as soon as possible. We do not need to know all the details before starting the creative process.
How Many Invitations To Order
You will not need an invitation per guest as the invitations usually go out per couple or per family. Start by counting each couple (living together or married), each family (including children under 18) and single guests. Make sure to count invites for the officiant, the photographer (for them to shoot) and for keepsakes and last minute guests. After this initial count is made it is advisable to add on an extra 10% for B-lists and/or forgotten guests.
Your guests’ names should be written in full on the outer envelope, no nicknames or initials. Use the appropriate social titles as well. Spell out all words in full. Rather than “St,” “P.O. Box,” and “Apt,” use “Street,” “Post Office Box,” and “Apartment.” Invited children’s first names appear under the parent’s names. (Invited children over 18 or older still dwelling with their parents should receive separate invitations). If you are allowing single guests to bring a plus one you would say by adding “and guest” to their title and surname.