We have a special FAQ (frequently asked questions) page to answer the most common questions you might have. But what about those questions no one asks, but should? Are those SAQs…Seldom Asked Questions? (Or maybe Should’ve-Asked Questions?) This Saturday’s SAQ is about ordering early.

Let’s say you’re working on an event, but it’s six months from now. Or maybe a year. You’d love to take care of the details now. But maybe you’re wondering: How early can I order favors?

how early can i order favors

Order anytime

The simple answer is that you can order your favors anytime that’s convenient for you. While most people order within the month before an event, with larger events it may make sense to place orders early.

For the majority of early planners, we recommend working out the details of the order—flavors, fragrances, design, colors, fonts—and then scheduling a time closer to the event to finalize those details. Most planners will want to wait for RSVPs before placing a final order, but having the favors pre-ordered takes them off your to-do list.

Down Payment?

If you’re planning a larger event, sometimes you’re also looking to spread out expenses over a longer period of time. Please let us know if you have a preference about payment schedules. While we may request a down payment for large orders, most of our orders don’t require a down payment to secure a spot in our schedule. When we contact you to finalize the order details—usually 4 to 6 weeks before your event—we will discuss payment options.

Schedule shipping

For many, it’s not just about, “How early can I order?” It’s more about, “When will I get them?” We usually ship favors no more than a month before an event. For our most popular favors—lip balms—it’s because we don’t add any artificial preservatives. Though the balms will last a long time, we want them to be as fresh as possible for your guests.

There is a lot of flexibility with shipping times, though, so please let us know if you need your favors early. If you’re adding our products to other items or wrapping them yourself, you may need extra time. We’re happy to work with you to get your favors just when you need them.

What did I miss? Is there anything else you need to know about placing an order early? Do you like deciding well in advance, or are you more of a last-minute planner?