When to Send out Bridal Shower Invitations

Give guests enough time to respond and you'll be able to plan properly

By Jen Whitten

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The bridal shower is a time for loved ones to gather with the bride to celebrate her wedding. Sending out invitations promptly gives you ample time to get a final headcount and plan properly.

Time frame

You should send bridal shower invitations no later than three weeks before the party. This gives guests time to RSVP and also allows you to call anyone who didn't respond, just in case their invitation was lost in the mail.


If your bridal shower falls near a major holiday, send wedding shower invitations four to six weeks in advance to avoid the crush of mail, especially during Thanksgiving and Christmas.


If you're holding the party out of town, send the wedding shower invitations early enough to allow extra time for guests to make travel arrangements.


By sending bridal shower invitations out early enough, you receive RSVPs in time to purchase enough food and favors for the event, or if the shower is out of town it allows you to make the right number of reservations.


The time frame for sending out bridal shower invitations is the same whether you send by regular mail or email. Although you cut down on delivery time with email, guests still need the same amount of advance notice.

About the Author

Jen Whitten is a freelance writer and worked in the event and wedding planning fields.

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The maid of honor will likely head this up, though some brides have multiple showers thrown by people from different walks of their life. Your hostess may request a list of invitees from the bride. Be sure to express any preferences you have -- from including the boys to game requests or omissions.

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