When to Send Out Baby Shower Invites

when to send out baby shower invites

As the host of a baby shower, it is your job to send out baby shower invites. If you have questions about when to send out baby shower invites and baby shower invitation etiquette, we are here to help. Keep reading to learn more!

What Is the Etiquette For Baby Shower Invitations?

Suppose you have yet to host a baby shower. In that case, you may be curious about proper etiquette as you begin baby shower planning. Here are a few tips to help you out:

  • Send baby shower invitations out on time. Don’t send invites out too early or too late. If you send them too early, people may forget about the baby shower. If you send them too late, guests may be unable to attend.
  • Include RSVP details. Be sure to include details on how to RSVP to the baby shower on the invitations. As the host, baby shower RSVPs should come to you. Include your contact information, such as your email, address, and phone number, so guests can contact you if needed.
  • You can send invitations in any form. You can choose to send invitations in the mail or digitally. Years ago, it may have been considered tacky not to send a physical invite, but that is no longer the case.
  • Include registry information on the invite. Mention where guests can find the gift registry for the parents-to-be. For example, you could write, “The mother-to-be is registered at Amazon and Target.”
  • Include vital information. On the baby shower invitation, include the shower date, the time of the baby shower, the guest of honor, RSVP info, the baby’s name (if that has been shared), and registry information.
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How Far in Advance Do You Mail Out Baby Shower Invitations

Send out baby shower invitations three to six weeks before the baby shower to give guests enough time to shop the baby registry, RSVP, and plan to attend.

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Make sure you send out your invitations early enough that guests can make plans to attend.

When Do I Send Baby Shower Invitations to Out of Town Guests?

If you invite family members or loved ones living out of town, sending a baby shower invitation earlier is best. Send invitations to out-of-town guests six weeks in advance.

The early notice allows guests plenty of time to make travel arrangements, purchase a baby shower gift or mail a gift if they cannot attend.

What Should You Do if You Want to Send Baby Shower Invites to Someone who Lives Abroad or Out of State?

You should still send baby shower invites to individuals who live abroad or out of state, even if you don’t think they will be able to attend.

If they are interested in attending but cannot travel, you could include them via Zoom, Skype, FaceTime, or social media! A virtual option is a great way to allow these guests to celebrate the mom-to-be!

If you have a lot of guests that live far away, consider hosting a virtual baby shower to allow all guests to attend.

when to send out baby shower invites
If you have guests traveling long distances to attend, make to send their invitations out early so they have time to make travel plans.

What Is the Correct Way to Address a Baby Shower Invitation?

As you start to address baby shower invitations, there are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Use formal titles. When addressing envelopes, use titles. For example, instead of “Tracy Smith,” write “Mrs. Tracy Smith.”
  • Write out the full address. It would be best if you skipped abbreviations. Spell out words like “Street” and write out the full name of the state.
  • If children are invited, address the invitation to the family. For example, address the envelope to “The Smith Family.” On the invitation, you can write out the names of each family member. Still, you can address the envelope to the family.
  • The return address should be the host’s address. For the return address, use the host’s address. The host will be in charge of RSVPs and the guest list, so it makes sense to list the host’s address as the return address.
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How To Handle Invitations For Multiple Guests At The Same Address

If you are inviting multiple people from the same household, traditional baby shower etiquette would recommend sending individual invitations for each guest, even if they live at the same address. However, modern etiquette suggests sending one invitation per household.

If you decide to send one invitation per household, be sure to include each guest’s name on the envelope.

You may run into multiple people living at the same house for cases of mothers and daughters, two siblings, or even couples for a co-ed baby shower.

Now that you know when to send your invitations, you may be looking for some ideas for invitation themes. Be sure to check out these adorable ideas for butterfly baby shower invitations.


Macy Westlund is a writer and contributor for Bespoke Baby Shower. Macy is the oldest of five and has a large extended family and has been attending baby showers for as long as she can remember.

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