Wedding Stationery Timeline
12 steps to get your wedding stationery done on time.
1. Make the Guest List
Gather key decision makers such as your fiancé and parents to help you get the most accurate information to create a list of guests you would like to invite. Organize their names and their most current addresses in a spreadsheet. Tip: Doing this at the beginning of your wedding planning will save you tons of time.
2. Do Your Research
Decide whether you will order predesigned stationery or consult a designer to create and produce your wedding stationery. Get samples of designs you are interested in ordering from stationery designers you would like to work with.
3. Create A Website
This is a great way to start compiling information on your wedding to provide to your guests. Your wedding website can provide hotel accommodations, wedding registries and even allow guests to rsvp. Tip: There many free online tools that can help you design a single page website to include in your stationery.
4. Design Save The Dates
Order or begin the design of your save the date cards. Tip: Your print quantity should be determined by the number of households and not per individual guest. Your guest list should help you to determine this number.
5. Mail Save the Dates
Give your guests at least 6 months notice to make the necessary arrangements for time off and travel. Having a destination wedding? Mail your save the dates at least 8 months in advance so guests can start booking flights.
6. Design Invitation Set
Order or begin the design of your wedding invitations. Determine whether you want your guests to rsvp online or by mail. Many predesigned stationery sets include a thank you card to match. Tip: When you are ready to order your invitations, order an extra set for yourself as well as your photographer to capture.
7. Address + Mail Invites
Give your guests at least 1-2 months to respond to your invitation. Tip: International guests who need visas should include the wedding invitation in their application because it will provide the offices with location details and more that is needed to approve the request.
8. Design Programs
If you have confirmed the order of ceremony with your officiant or pastor, you can begin the design of your wedding programs. TIP: Consider the type of ceremony you are having and traditions you need to include as part of the order of service.
9. Design Menus + Place Cards
Determine how your guests will be seated. You can direct them to their seats by place cards or a seating chart. If you’ve completed your food tasting, you can ask for the wording of the items to the design the menus for the reception. Tip: Menus can be personalized with guest names by hand calligraphy or digital printing.
10. Print Day-of Stationery
After you have received all your RSVPs from your guests, you are able to determine your final guest count to print and produce your day of stationery. Tip: If you have a event planner coordinating all the details on the big day, ask him/her if it is okay to ship all the completed and assembled day-of stationery to them.
11. Wedding Day - Yay!!!
12. Mail Thank You’s
Within 3 months
Send your guests a thank you note within 3 months after your big day. Tip: Some couples like to include a thank you note on their wedding favors at the reception and mail out ones to guests who weren’t able to attend.