Wedding Invitation Etiquette

Adorn invitations has you covered when it comes to wedding invitation etiquettes,
when to send out invitations, save the dates and when to set RSVP cut-off date

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    Save the Date cards

    Save the Date cards should be sent as soon as you set the date and decide on a location for your wedding.

    It is especially important to send a Save the Date card if you wish to hold a destination wedding or know you will have a large proportion of guests who will need to make travel arrangements. Save the Date cards also provide your guests with an appropriate amount of time to organise leave from work if required and to decline other offers they may receive for the same date.

    Your Save the Date card doesn’t need to be elaborate; it purely needs to contain your wedding date and ceremony/reception location.

    If you are yet to select a specific date or location it is fine to include an estimate for instance ‘Summer of 2015’ or ‘January 2015’. If you know your wedding will be held in another city but haven’t organised a venue yet simply state the city location.

  • 8 WEEKS

    wedding invitations

    Ideally wedding invitations should be sent out at least eight weeks before the wedding.

    This should allow your guests plenty of notice to clear their schedules and make necessary arrangements in order to attend your wedding. Sending out your invitation eight weeks in advance also allows you to set your RSVP date a little earlier.

    By setting your RSVP date a little earlier you’ll be able to organise your seating chart before the final week of your wedding when things can get a little crazy.

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    When to set your RSVP
    cut-off date

    Your RSVP date may be constrained by your reception venue who may request a final head count by a certain date in the lead up to the big day.

    If this is not the case we recommend setting your RSVP date 2-3 weeks in advance, preferably 3 weeks prior to your wedding day. This will guarantee you have plenty of time to finalise numbers on your wedding favours, create place cards and organise your seating chart.

    For examples of wording templates, visit our wording and verses page.


    When to send out your
    Thank You Cards

    There is no strict etiquette timeline for when you should send out your thankyou cards as you will find.

    Every website will offer a different number, what each website can agree on is that they should be sent out sooner rather than later. As a general rule however we recommend no later than 3 months after your wedding, this way your wedding will still be fresh in your guest’s minds.

    While not essential, it is wise to order your Thank You cards with your wedding invitations so that they are there and ready to go when the time comes to start sending them out. This will help with your response times by speeding up the process.