How Far in Advance Should You Send Party Invitations?

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Today I’d like to feature an email from a regular reader.

Dear Deborah,

How far in advance should I send out party invitations. I want to give people enough time to plan, but don’t want to send it so early they forget about it.

Thank you for your answer,

Lisa M.


Hi Lisa,

Party invitations for informal events like birthday parties or barbecues should be sent out a month to three weeks in advance. For little kids, two weeks is fine. For weddings, anniversary parties and more formal events, six to eight weeks is the norm.

Thanks for writing!



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    • pickel

      I think in today’s busy world though, two weeks is often not enough, even for a kids party.

    • pickel

      How long should a children’s party last? I have recently been to family parties that drag on for hours, resulting in the kids being a MESS.

      My rule of thumb is always in and out but they seem to want to linger, as if it more of a party for the adults than the kids.

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    • Dawn

      I am the trend-setter in my group, 3 weeks invites out, 1 week before party for RSVP. I’ve gotten party invitations 3 days before a child’s party, and it rankled my hide. I don’t know if we were a last minute invite, but it hurts my kid’s feelings when things come in too late to schedule.

    • jenny

      Well ,Dawn, i think that three weeks in advance is way to early i one say around one week .

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