Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Invitation Timing

Sometimes I am in the middle of designing an invite when I get a frantic email about needing to "get these out right away."  Then I look at the date of the event and it is several weeks (or sometimes even months) away.  Invitation timing is critical - you don't want to send invitations too early or they might be lost or forgotten.  Too late and your guests may have already made other plans.  So, I thought it might be helpful to have a little reference guide on the timing of when to send invitations for your event.  Of course, on such a subject I consulted none other than the queen of etiquette herself, Emily Post.

The EventWhen to Invite
Anniversary party3 to 6 weeks
Bar or Bat Mitzvah1 month
Bon Voyage partyLast minute to 3 weeks
Casual partySame day to 2 weeks
Charity Ball6 weeks to 3 months
Christmas party1 month
Cocktail party1 to 4 weeks
Debutante Ball6 weeks to 3 months
Formal dinner3 to 6 weeks
Graduation party3 weeks
Housewarming partyA few days to 3 weeks
Informal dinnerA few days to 3 weeks
Lunch or TeaA few days to 2 weeks
Thanksgiving dinner2 weeks to 2 months

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