Wedding planning can be a full time job! When it comes to sending save-the-dates, invitations for the bridal shower and bachelorette party, the wedding invitations and thank-you cards, timing is everything. We created a helpful guide for mailing various wedding announcements.
Sending save-the-dates are especially important if you are planning a holiday or destination wedding so all of your intended guests can plan accordingly. But, when should they go out? As soon as possible or at least seven months prior to the big day. The cards should include only the basic important information: the name of the bride and groom, the date or dates of the event, and the location.
Wedding Shower and Bachelorette Party Invitations
Send your shower or bachelorette invites about four weeks before the date of the party.
Generally, wedding invitations should be sent eight to twelve weeks prior to the event. The official wedding invitation which includes the response card, directions and any other important information you need to send your guests should be mailed out on a Saturday so that they arrive in the beginning of the week, when people are more likely to pay attention to their mail.
Thank-you cards for all wedding gifts should be treated with a sense of urgency and sent within one month of the actual wedding. However you should also send thank-you cards for help you receive during the course of planning your wedding. Even if you are several months or even a year from the big day, start a list now to include all helping hands which usually begin from the moment you are engaged.
You should send thank-you cards for gifts received at any pre-wedding celebration within a week or two of the event (such as showers or engagement parties). Keeping a spreadsheet of who gave what, complete with addresses will make this process much easier when it’s time to express your sincere appreciation.
Follow this simple guideline, and rest assured that the news of your wedding won’t be overlooked or missed. Success is all in the timing!
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