When do I need to order my invitations?

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For an event like a Bar/Bat Mitzvah, your invitations should be mailed about 6-8 weeks in advance. Custom invitations take about 6 weeks for design and production, and you want to leave yourself plenty of time for addressing, stuffing, and mailing. This means you should order your invitations at least 4 months before your event date.

For smaller events, such as birthday parties, baby showers, and bridal showers, invitations should be mailed about 4 weeks in advance. 

How far in advance should my guests RSVP?

If you plan on sending your invitations out 8 weeks in advance, you should set your reply by date to 4 weeks before the event. This gives your guests plenty of time to send their replies, but also gives you time to follow up before having to give your final headcount to the venue. If sending your invitations 6 weeks in advance, make your reply by date 3 weeks before the event.

For smaller events, ask for replies about 2 weeks in advance. Typically, reply cards are not necessary for a smaller event and instead guests should be provided a phone number or email address for them to notify you of their attendance. 

What information should our Bar/Bat Mitzvah invitations include?

The main items in your invitation suite are the invitation itself, which contains information for the service, and the reply card. Each of these cards will come with an envelope.

If you are having events after the service, such as a Kiddush Luncheon, these details will need to be provided. If the luncheon is at the same location as your service, a separate card is not needed, and wording such as “Kiddush Luncheon to follow” can be printed on your main invitation. Any events that are happening at a different location should have a separate card with the date, time, and location.