When to send party invitations? Send an invitation to early and the guest might forget, and send an invitation too late and the guest might have already made plans! While there’s never an exact answer to when you should or shouldn’t send out your party invitations, this guide will help to give you an idea when the best time is to send out party invitations.
Wedding: 2-4 months
If it’s a local wedding, send them out 2 months in advance. For destination weddings, your guests will need more time to book accommodations, so sending out invites 3-4 in advance is more appropriate.
Formal Parties – 4-6 Weeks Before
Parties like formal dinners, debutante, or charity balls require a little more time to send out because guests typically bring a guest and need to plan special attire!
Holiday Parties: 1 Month Before
The holidays are always CRAZY busy, so people need a little more time to figure out their plans for the holidays. Send your Christmas or NYE party invites at least a month before to be safe.
Informal Parties – 3 weeks or less
Parties like birthday, tea, going-away, anniversary, cocktail, graduation, or housewarming don’t need to be sent out too early.
Thank You’s – Immediately
While these aren’t invites, these go almost hand-in-hand with any party. Be sure to send these out post-party as soon as possible!
Always remember: if you’re planning on throwing a party several months away, it’s always a good idea to send out save-the-dates prior to the invitations. For parties in general, you want to give guests plenty of time to shop for gifts, outfits they may need for the party (especially if it is formal or has a theme), or need to find a date.
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