Great question! We are getting married on 12/5 so the holidays will just starting when we get back. Was thinking January or February but really wanted an outdoor summer backyard BBQ.....I wonder if I sent those invites around January it would work to do an early summer reception? I also want to have my pictures done so can't be too soon. Decisions, decisions!
I think January would be plenty of time for your guests to prep for a summer reception! I was wondering the same thing then I started reading more of the AHR posts. Seems like average seems to be around 2 months after your wedding but anything goes really (it is YOUR wedding after all!)
My photographer said they usually have edited photos to me within 2 weeks so that'll be nice. We're planning on mid October though so not sure if we can put something together before thanksgiving or not. We shall see after I get in touch with the venue I'm thinking of!