For a destination wedding, it is customary to mail save the dates 8 to 12 months in advance. For a local affair, send save the dates 4 months in advance. Follow your save the dates with your formal invitations about 8 weeks before the wedding.
Also asked, do you have to send out save the dates and invitations?
Aim to send save-the-dates four to six months before your wedding, if you're tying the knot in a far-flung destination. But, if you're having a small wedding and most attendees are local, mailing invites six to eight weeks ahead offers enough notice and chances are you don't need a save-the-date at all.
What is the difference between a wedding invitation and save the date?
Another item that is commonly confused with the wedding announcement, is the “save-the-date”. Save-The-Date cards are more common with long engagements (6 months or more). Then as the wedding draws closer, they would send out a formal invitation to only those guests invited to the ceremony and dinner.
How far in advance should you send out wedding invitations?
Traditionally, invitations go out six to eight weeks before the wedding—that gives guests plenty of time to clear their schedules and make travel arrangements if they don't live in town. If it's a destination wedding, give guests more time and send them out three months ahead of time.