Is your wedding looming? A pleasant pot-engagement daze is all well and good, and every woman deserves her time on cloud nine; but after awhile, you need to get back to the real world and start dealing with the practicalities of your situation. One of the main elements of wedding planning is readying and sending out invites to people you want there on your big day.
Like with most things, there is no hard and fast rule when it comes to timing issue of wedding invitations. Specific details such as the kind of wedding you want, the location, the distances your guests would have to travel, whether or not you sent out save the dates, etc., can considerably change the overall picture. Following are the most pertinent things you should think on.
Ordering Wedding Stationery Sample Packs
Most brides are more particular about the choice of invitation paper and print than Patrick Bateman from American Psycho is about his business card. This could be a good thing, provided the samples are ordered well in advance. Make sure to order your invitation samples at least 9 months before the wedding. This is to offset possible delays in shipping, so you have plenty of time to pick something and then move on to the design side of things.
Sending Out Save the Dates
You need to send save the dates to your invitees at least 3 months prior to the event, or earlier in the case of a long engagement. People would need time to clear their schedule, especially if you are planning the wedding at a destination far from where they live. On top of that, many would need to book tickets and accommodation, and your holding off could make those things harder.
Ordering Wedding Invitations
Your wedding invitations and accompanying stationary are bets ordered around 5 months before the special day. Getting it all together lets you move on to the vast remainder of the wedding planning, but generally, make sure to leave time for the printing, address collection, and mailing.
Invites to Pre-Wedding Events
Pre-wedding events have been a fad since who knows when; you have most people holding bachelor/bachelorette parties, rehearsal dinners, and even family brunches. For each, send out the invites a month before, so that people can prepare. Those traveling far to reach you would be best served by getting these along with the main wedding invitations.