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I'm also sending my invitations out three months in advance, with an RSVP deadline 1 month before the wedding. I agree with the early-senders, and can offer lots of points to justify this timeline.First, I agree- there's always added craziness with the mail around the holidays. I'm sending at least 10 invitations overseas, and I worry that they'll be delayed even more. I also decided that three months seemed fair because I did not send Save-the-Dates. And I'm dealing with an overly large guest list with a number of people that I have been assured "will not come." If they actually don't come, even though I know it's not the most tactful, we may still have time to extend invitations to a few additional friends and +1s, to replace the long lost relatives/strangers who mysteriously appeared on the guest list... (Anybody else dealing with this? Sending out invites on different days?)To save time, I'm doing RSVPs through my wedding website rather than relying on the possibility of slow mail in both directions. I thought at first that my RSVP date sounded early, but I think it makes sense when you add everything up. I don't know about all of you, but I have some procrastinators and persistently late people on my guest list.... (I also put the start time on my invitations half an hour before it really starts, but that's another story...) My venue requires a guest count 10 days before the wedding, plus I'm budgeting a week for contacting any stragglers who haven't RSVP'd yet.
I'm sending mine out today! It took forever to stuff the envelopes and stamp them!
My wedding is January 18th, 2014 so I figured about 2.5 months in advance was good.