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When Should I Order My Wedding Favors?

Mar 17, 2008

My RSVPs aren’t due back until 3 weeks before my wedding.  When do you think is a good time to order my wedding favors?

If you are planning on ordering personalized wedding favors you should order your wedding favors at least 4 weeks before your wedding.  This ensures that the items have enough time to personalize and ship to you.  This also gives you enough time in case items arrive broken in transit or if there are any errors which need to be fixed. 

Non-personalized wedding favors should be ordered no later than 2 weeks before your event.  This allows at least 5 business days for processing (many ship sooner) and at least 5 business days for shipping time (shipping can take anywhere from 1 to 6 business days). 

If your wedding is less than 2 weeks away, and your favors are not personalized, we would recommend upgrading shipping to ensure that they arrive in time for your wedding.

Chances are, you may not have an exact head count for your favors, but that’s OK.  You may already have some RSVPs, and if you go through your guest list you can estimate who will attend and who may not.  Once you have that total (of the already RSVP’d guests + your estimate) you may want to add 10% more to the quantity you plan on ordering to make sure you have all your guests covered.  Worst case you’ll have a few extra, but you can always save them for “memories” or give them to your nail tech, hair and makeup stylist, etc… (not in lieu of a tip but in addition to their tip).

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