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.

order:

After securing your wedding venue and setting a date.

send:

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.

order:

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.

send:

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!

rsvp date:

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.

order:

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!

order:

At the same time as on-the-day items.

send:

Upon your return from honeymoon.

Love,