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Ask the Experts – ‘How Long Before The Wedding Should I Send The Invites?’

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“How long before the wedding should I send the invites?” – Niki

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Lantz Weddings – View Profile

We would recommend buying them approximately 3-4 months before your wedding. You will need to post them 6-8 weeks before the wedding date and normally printing should only take 7-10 working days. That allows you a few weeks to write them and get them in the mailbox in plenty of time.

Finer Details – View Profile

Traditionally you would send invitations 6-8 weeks in advance. However, there are a few things to consider. If you are getting married overseas, or if you have guests arriving from different countries, you really need to send invitations to these guests 14-16 weeks in advance, if you haven’t sent save-the-date cards. If you’re considering an A and B list, be sure to send the A list at least 8 weeks in advance, allowing 6 weeks for the B list. Also, if you’re getting married over a bank holiday weekend at a popular weekend break destination, send invitations 8 weeks in advance to avoid any difficulties with booking local accommodations.

The Parlour Press Wedding Stationery – View Profile

There is no set rule (apart from tradition), but if you are getting married abroad you might want to send out save-the-dates at least one year in advance to give your guests enough time to book time off work and plan their year and budget around it. If you are getting married in Ireland the normal time to send out invites to guests residing in Ireland is around 6 weeks before, or guests coming from abroad around 12-16 weeks before.

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If you think the bride should always have the last word, then Rachel is on your side! A devoted fan of everything quirky, unusual, colourful or crafty, she loves scouting WOL's real weddings for unique and fun touches. When not gazing at pictures, she's dispensing no-nonsense advice on everything from reception entrance songs to bridesmaid problems.
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