When to Send Destination Wedding Invitations

Sending save-the-dates and invitations for a destination wedding can be tricky.

Here is a guide to help:


  • Send save-the-dates 9-12 months in advance to allow guests time to plan travel.
  • Address save-the-dates only to those invited to the destination wedding.
  • Include details like wedding location, date, and website for more info.
  • Note that an at-home reception will also take place for local guests.

Wedding Invitations:

  • Mail invitations 4-6 months before the wedding.
  • Send destination wedding invitations only to invited traveling guests.
  • Send at-home reception invitations to local guests.
  • Include accommodation info and RSVP date for destination wedding guests.
  • List reception RSVP date for local guests.

Staggering your save-the-dates and invitations while clearly distinguishing between events will help eliminate confusion. Following this timeline allows guests to make plans while giving you time to finalize details.

When to Send Other Destination Wedding Stationery

Thank You Cards: Order at least 6 months before your wedding. You'll be writing many thank you notes for gifts and wedding planning help. Have ample personalized cards ready ahead of time.

Bridal Shower Invites: Advise your bridesmaids to order bridal shower invites 6+ weeks before the shower date. Showers are typically 1-3 months before the wedding.

Rehearsal Dinner Invites: Order with your wedding invitations to include in the suite and save on postage. Send to wedding invitees.

Wedding Programs: Order programs at least 6 weeks before your ceremony once you have final wording details. Programs can be rush printed if ordered closer to the date.

Getting thank yous, shower invites, rehearsal dinner invites, and programs ordered well in advance ensures you have these on hand when needed. Check stationery tasks off your list early so you can relax as the wedding approaches.