There’s a lot to think about when you’re planning a wedding. Figuring out what needs doing, and when, can be a challenge, especially when it comes to your wedding invitations and other paper goods.
Organising all the different elements can feel overwhelming, so today I’m sharing a detailed wedding stationery timeline that tells you when to order, and when to send, everything from save-the-dates to thank you cards.
Follow these simple steps and you’ll be ticking things off your to-do list, right on time!
ONE : Save-the-Dates
Save-the-dates give your guests a handy heads-up, allowing them to make all the necessary arrangements needed to attend your big day. They’re not essential, but incredibly useful and always appreciated.
After securing your wedding venue and setting a date.
6-12 months in advance, earlier if you have international guests flying in from abroad
Two : Invitations
Wedding invitations are non-negotiable! Your guests need to know where they’re supposed to be and when, and you need to know who’s coming.
Up to six months in advance. Bear in mind, if you plan to add luxury touches like letterpressing or foiling, your invitations can have a lead time of up to 6 weeks.
8-10 weeks before the wedding or sooner if you’re skipping save-the-dates. Key details like ceremony timings can change, so there is such a thing as too early. I’d hate for you to have to reprint!
This will be dictated by your venue and suppliers, but it tends to be 4-6 weeks before the big day.
Three : On-the-Day Items
On-the-day items include things like your order of service, table plan, place names, menus and signage.
2-3 weeks before your RSVP deadline. This gives me plenty of time to create your artwork ready to add guest details once they’ve been finalised.
Four : Thank You Cards
It’s always polite to say thank you. Handwriting each card can be a huge task, especially if your guests list is large, so clear your schedule, find something to binge-watch on Netflix, and make sure you’ve got a steady supply of snacks to keep your energy up!
At the same time as on-the-day items.
Upon your return from honeymoon.