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Depending on the complexity of the invitation, if there is assembly involved and the printing method you choose(flat, thermography, engraving), some invitations can take 1 week to print and some can take several weeks to print (mainly during the busiest seasons - wedding and holiday).
Be sure to plan your party and order your invitations at least 8-12 weeks in advance. Then you will receive in plenty of time to address, add postage and mail.
Most formal parties need to be mailed 2-4 weeks in advance so people can reserve the date for your party. More informal parties can be mailed 2-3 weeks in advance.
If you have many out of town guests attending you may want to mail the invitations as early as 6 weeks in advance so everyone is sure to reserve the date for your party so that they can attend.
You want to make sure the guests have plenty of time to respond, purchase a gift and be available on the party date. Choose your invitations at least 2-3 months before the event so they are delivered to your guests early. If you wait until the last minute you may end up having to print the invitations yourself or paying rush fees to have someone else do it for you.