Should We Send Our Invitations Early if We're Inviting Guests from Overseas?

Etiquette, Invites & Stationery

Invitation timing can be complicated. When you send save the dates and invitations and what date you choose as your RSVP deadline all depend on your vendor's requirements (don't forget to give your caterer a final headcount!), the size and formality of your wedding, and whether it's a local party or a destination celebration. And that's all assuming your guests are coming from the same country! So what if you're inviting guests who live overseas? Our experts weigh in on whether that means sending your invitations out a few weeks early.

If you're inviting just a few overseas guests, send their invitations along with the ones destined for your other guests, but make a point to give them a heads-up: Give them a call or send them an email with the details, as well as information about booking hotel rooms, so they can start to arrange their travel with time to spare.

Does half of your family live abroad? You might want to consider bumping up the timeline for them, as well as the rest of your guests. Start designing your invitations a few weeks early, and plan to send them out a minimum of 12 weeks in advance — that's the timeline you'd use for a destination wedding, and for these guests, that's exactly what it is! Be sure to follow up promptly with anyone you haven't heard from to make sure they have plenty of time to book their flights.

You will also want to have all of the information available on your wedding website as soon as save the dates are in the mail. Sure, it means you'll have to start ironing out the room block and transportation information sooner than you'd expected, but you'll be happier in the long run. Those overseas guests will have all the information at their fingertips, and you'll have even more crossed off of your to-do list!

See more: The NEW Wedding Etiquette Guide: Everything to Know About Invitations and Guest Lists

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