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Written by Lindsey Smith, Yours Truly Invitations
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Planning a wedding can be a daunting task—so much to do and plan for! Let me answer your questions about when to send out your save the dates and invitations.

Your guest list. One of the first things you should do when you start planning your wedding is work on your guest list. Many brides overestimate their guest list, and as a result, over order invitations, tables, chairs, tablecloths, and food, just to name a few. Overestimating your guest list can cost you a lot of money. So one of the most important things to do is sit down with your family and gather a list of names and addresses. Statistically, only 60 to 75 percent of the people you invite will attend your wedding. If you do this early in your wedding planning you will be able to realistically set a budget and make wedding planning a little less stressful.

How many should you order? A common mistake couples make when ordering invitations is thinking they need 300 invitations because they are inviting 300 people. When ordering invitations keep in mind you will only need one invitation per family so if you are planning on 300 people you only need 150 to 200 invitations. I typically suggest ordering 10 percent extra, just in case—many invitation companies charge a fee for small re-orders so it is better to order extra the first time.

Save the dates are very trendy and perfect for destination weddings or weddings where there are a lot of out of town guests expected. Save the dates can help guests plan vacation time and get better deals on flights and hotels by planning early. For your guests’ convenience be sure to include a wedding website address where you can list all the necessary travel information. I suggest sending save the dates 4 to 6 months before your wedding but they can be sent as early as a year before.

Order your invitations 3 to 5 months before your wedding to give yourself plenty of time for ordering, production, and addressing. If you are planning on having a calligrapher address your invitations you should try to order them 4 to 5 months in advance to allow time for the calligrapher to do their work.

Invitations should be sent out 6 to 8 weeks before your wedding. If you are having a destination wedding you can send your invitations a little earlier but no earlier than three months prior.

Your RSVP cards should be returned 30 days prior to the wedding so that you can give your caterer and planner advance notice of how many people to plan for.

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1. Calligraphy by Jennifer

2. Calligraphy By Terry Quentrill

3. Citlali

4. – 9. Yours Truly Invitations (#8 addressing by Yours Truly Invitations)

10. August Press

Photography By: Yours Truly Invitations Photographed by Michelle Waters Photography

Posted by Lindsey Smith, Yours Truly Invitations on 11/17

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