Teresa
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Invitations, when to send? & handwriting?

Teresa, on November 13, 2019 at 1:20 PM Posted in Planning 1 21
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Hi all beautiful people. Wedding is on April 24, 2020. I need a little help please. Let me know if my timing is good for mailing and RSVP.
Also, are you handwriting or using labels with printed addresses for your invitations like?

Thinking of doing this;

Mailing invitations- January 1st
RSVP by March 1st
Wedding April 24

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Latest activity by Brittany, on November 23, 2019 at 10:44 PM
  • Sarah
    Master September 2019
    Sarah ·
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    When are your final numbers due? March 1 seems like a very early rsvp date. Usually the rsvp date is 1-2 weeks before your final counts are due.
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  • Amber
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    January 1st is a little early to send invites and March 1st is early for an RSVP date. Invites are normally sent 6-8 weeks before the wedding.

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  • Caytlyn
    Legend November 2019
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    Invitations should go out 6-8 weeks before your wedding and your RSVP deadline should be a week or two before your final headcount is due. Your estimates are very early. As far as addressing, our Minted invitations came pre-addressed. We printed directly only the envelopes for save the dates.
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  • Tina
    VIP March 2020
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    We didn't send save the dates and with a lot of out of town guests, we are sending our invitations 12 weeks in advance. If you want to do them early you could just move things down a month. So send out beginning of February and due date beginning of April.

    I am creating my own invitations so I am hand writing all the addresses on both RSVP and invites.
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  • Teresa
    Devoted September 2020
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    Final meeting with catering is April 6th-10th. Which will be 2 weeks before the wedding. Maybe I should do RSVP on March 23rd? Any suggestions?
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  • Teresa
    Devoted September 2020
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    Good ideas Tina. We also did not send out save the dates. We have a few out of town guest, maybe I can send it early to them.
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  • Teresa
    Devoted September 2020
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    Cool 👍 thank you Amber
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  • Teresa
    Devoted September 2020
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    👍 thank u
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  • Tiffany
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    I'm getting married April 11th. We did save the dates in September, and invites will go out by the end of January! I already have them. Think our RSVP date is March 11th? I did shutterfly invites and got the envelopes printed with addresses. I will have to hand write a few, cause some people are moving and I didn't have new addresses when I ordered.
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  • Teresa
    Devoted September 2020
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    Oh that's pretty good. A month in advance for RSVP doesnt sounds so bad. Maybe that even gives plenty of time to follow up with those who didnt RSVP.

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  • Christine
    Expert September 2020
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    I think changing the RSVP to two weeks before your catering cutoff is fine. Maybe go with March 20th to be safe? I would send the invitations in mid-February, January 1st would be a bit early.

    We're probably doing labels. We used these wraparound labels from Etsy for our STDs and I think they turned out gorgeous, but I might switch to something a little easier to read for the invitations. https://www.etsy.com/listing/602346582/wrap-around-labels-printable-address?ref=hp_rf-1&frs=1

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  • Meghan
    Master October 2019
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    I agree with others that your dates are a little early. Invitations typically go out 6-8 weeks before the wedding with RSVP’s due around 2 weeks before your wedding (or when your final head count is due). I’d say February 21st would be the earliest you should mail them out with a RSVP deadline of around April 3rd, to allot for the final meeting with your caterer. As far as addressing envelopes... the company who did our invitations printed addresses (both addressee and return) for us.

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  • Teresa
    Devoted September 2020
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    Awesome! Thank you for the tips 👍
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  • Teresa
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    So cool thank you 🤗
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  • Kristin
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    March seems a bit early for RSVP's, trust me, no matter how early you make it, you'll still be tracking people down.

    I used my Cricut to address the envelopes. It looked way nicer than my handwriting but more special than a label, I also didn't have to worry about anything getting jammed.

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  • Teresa
    Devoted September 2020
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    Wish I had a Cricut 🥺 what date do you recommend for RSVPs? Now that I'm getting all these ideas I am definitely going to change it.
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  • Cher Horowitz
    Master December 2019
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    We used labels for the return addresses and handwrote guests' addresses for our invites!

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  • Kristin
    Super November 2019
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    I did 5 weeks before my date. That gave me enough time to hunt the stragglers down and still order some of the last minute, count dependent things I needed.

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  • Alycia
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    My wedding is April 25th!
    I have the exact same timeline. Im sending my early I need to make centerpieces and we have a lot of out of town guests.
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  • Teresa
    Devoted September 2020
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    Yayyy we are wedding twins. What date are you mailing yours?
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