So you've got the ring, now what? Planning a wedding can be overwhelming. Here is a digestible timeline to help make ordering your stationery easier. Most people know the essential elements included in your wedding day but you may not realize just how many steps go into organizing and preparing your wedding invitations and stationery. From creating your guest list to finalizing all of your ceremony and reception details, many things affect your wedding stationery preparations.
There are no absolute deadlines for many of the steps involved in this process. However, there are some approximate time frames that you may find helpful to avoid last-minute rushing.
Wedding Invitation Timeline Guide
Confirm all information before you begin:
Spelling of names
Names and addresses of venues
Stationery to consider before the big day:
Save the dates
Bridal shower invitations
Rehearsal dinner invitation
6-8 months before
Send out your save the date cards and announce your wedding to the world!
4 – 6 months before
Order your invitations, thank you notes and announcements. It will take some time to put together your wedding stationery especially if you order a package with burlap, lace or twine. Reply dates should generally be 3-4 weeks prior to your wedding date to leave enough time for caterers and whoever else needs a final guest count.
Order rehearsal dinner and day after brunch invitations if applicable.
2– 4 months before
Send out your wedding invitations! They should be mailed out at least 6-8 weeks in advance and earlier if you are having a destination wedding or several out of town guests.
4-5 weeks before
Send out rehearsal dinner, post-wedding brunch invitations.
Order day of ceremony stationery (table cards, place cards, programs, etc).
2 – 3 weeks
Contact any guests who did not mail back their response cards.
Provide final guest count to reception/dinner location.
If you ordered any “day of” pieces, make sure to get them to the appropriate locations.
Stationery to consider for the big day:
Program – Notes the names of your wedding party and any readings, songs or prayers in the ceremony.
Menu – Lists the various courses and dishes served at the reception.
Place card – Indicates the name of each guest. This is located at their assigned seat.
Stationery to consider after the big day:
Send personalized thank you notes to your guests.
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