You've booked your venue, the date is now set, so when do you tell people and get your save the dates and invites out? This is something I hear from brides to be all the time.
Firstly there are no set rules with planning a wedding. It's all about what works best for you. But here are some of my recommendations:
Save The Dates
Once you've booked your venue and set the date you are good to go in terms out sending out your save the dates. You don't have to send them immediately, but if you want to you can. I would suggest sending them anytime between 6-12 months before your wedding. Obviously if you have a short engagement, get them out asap.
Send your invites out 2 months before the wedding date. If you have sent save the dates there is no rush. Giving people too long to reply means there is a higher likelihood of them forgetting to respond, loosing the invite and you being left chasing guests for replies! Give them 1 month to reply and have the RSVP date 1 month before the wedding, that allows a bit of time for chasing those slow to respond!
When it comes to setting your rsvp date it's also worth double checking when your caterer will want final numbers. Then add 2 weeks to that and use as your rsvp date, that will again allow time for chasing.
To ensure prompt replies, there are a few things you can do. You want to make things as easy as possible for your guests.
- Nowadays people lead busy lives, so by adding things like a pre-stamped envelope with the address already written on, plus the rsvp card, means it's super simple.
- Another option is to just have guests rsvp via email. Everyone can do that very quickly via their phone.
- Alternatively a lot of people now use wedding websites and guests can rsvp via that, without having to make a trip to the post box.
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Photo 1 by Mindy Coe Photography, photo 2 and 3 by Sophie Duckworth Photography