When should you mail your invitations?
Traditionally, it is advised to send out invitations eight weeks before your event.
We can hear you screaming "Eight weeks!"
We've found while this is a good idea with formal events and weddings, it is just not possible with most every-day events. Our customers tell us that they didn't even think about having a party until 2-4 weeks before their event.
Obviously, the sooner you can notify your guests, the better, but don't let this stress you out or prevent you from getting killer invitations at the last minute. Anything goes and much is possible these days.
If you know you're having a party for an event that is several months away, consider sending a Save the Date Card. This is simply a notice to your guest list that you are planning an event for that date and to mark their calendars so they'll be ready when the details follow by invitation closer to the party date when the details have been finalized.
Save the Date cards are almost a necessity for events taking place on holiday weekends, events that will require out of state travel for guests or a wedding to ensure vacations are not scheduled for the same time.
An important thing to remember is your RSVP date. When do you need to know the final count for the caterer, the bartender, to buy the party goods and decorations?
When printing your party invitations, give your guests enough time between the receipt of your invitation and the RSVP date to respond - at least a week is preferred.
Continued: Invitation Etiquette and Questions
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