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When to send out Wedding Invitations

Personalize your program. Look at the Pawprints.

Personalize your program. Look at the Pawprints. Their dog Mabel was the flowerdog.

The Wedding! The Big day and there is so much to do. You worked hard on your guest list and you finally have a definite count that you want at the wedding. You even have a second list of those you would love to have but due to budget or size restraints of the venue you had to put them on hold but will invite them if someone can’t make it from the first list. The question now is, “When do you send wedding invitations out?” You want to make sure you send them in plenty of time, so you may include a few on that “B” list. You have to remember people may need to make travel arrangements to attend your special day, for those it might be wise to consider “Save the Date” cards. This would give them a few months to find flights to make it for the big day.

Weddings are very stressful and one of the most stressful situations while planning is getting the invitations out on time. Don’t procrastinate. Invitations should be sent so they are received at least six weeks before the wedding. Did everyone catch that, they should be sent so they are RECEIVED at least six weeks before the wedding. So consider where the invitations are going. If you have family in Canada be sure to adjust the dates when you send your invitation so they will arrive on time and not too late. You would hate to have your Great Aunt Claire in Montreal get your invitation two weeks before the wedding, how rude. Plan to have your responses back to you no later than two weeks before the wedding. It is even better if you can get them three weeks before. If you give yourself a little bit of a cushion this will allow you time to call those stragglers who always “forget” to send the RSVP.

Just a reminder: Do Not Forget to Check the Postage. Make sure you have the correct postage you would hate to get 200 invitations returned for insufficient postage, how embarrassing.

So, you’re getting married, keep things in perspective and enjoy the moment.

Simple Elegance Events and Wedding Designs serving Central Illinois. Want to use this article in your E-zine or website? You can as long as you include this complete statement: Event Planning entrepreneur Margaret Moore with Simple Elegance Events and Wedding Designs publishes information you can use at

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