Our wedding is November 2 of this year with the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner being the night before. We have our dinner venue set and reserved but they won't issue a contract until we have a final headcount. Obviously, we can't really say for sure who will definitely be there at this point. We have our guestlist but we don't know if everyone is going to be able to make it the day before. Some of the wedding party is coming from the opposite side of the country. That being said, is it too early to send out invitations to the rehearsal and dinner?
I know the standard is 6-8 weeks before the event but the venue wants the headcount 6-8 weeks ahead of time, so that would mean I need to do my invitations 12-16 weeks in advance. I know a lot of wedding etiquette is falling out of fashion and people are going more on the whole, "Do what you feel is right for you and your guests" method, but I wanted to get some opinions.
Our church also requires the rehearsal to be held at 4:00 on a Friday, so that means a lot of our wedding party will have to take off work for the day and possibly the day before for those traveling, so I want to give everyone enough time to get the days off scheduled, travel, etc. Right now I'm looking at sending them out on May 1, which would be 6 months to the day. Is that crazy early