Your wedding is an event and with any event, there are a few tasks that you will need to think of and ultimately organise.
When it comes to your wedding stationery, I have outlined the ideal timeline for when you need to order, mail your save the dates, invitations & thank you cards and prepare for the other stationery you might require on the day of your wedding.
Lets great straight into it.
Presuming you will be engaged for 12 months, below is a suggested timeline for all of the different wedding stationery items you might have and when you will need to organise and send them.
Prepare your wedding guest listList down everyone you want to invite and finalise when your list meets your family, budget and quantity requirements.
Read here - How to create your wedding guest list
Finalise your wedding guest list Request all of your guest's names and addresses
Order your save the date cards with your stationerView save the dates here
Order wedding invitation samplesView wedding invitation samples here
Send your save the date cardsOnly send save the dates to your final wedding guest list
Order wedding invitationsConfirm the design with your wedding stationer, confirm all details and proof necessary digital artwork.
View the invitation wording artwork template here that you will need to complete
Mail wedding invitationsI always suggest sending out your wedding invitations around 3 - 4 months before your wedding date as I suggest you should have an RSVP return date at 5 - 6 weeks before your wedding date. Read more here as to why this is so important.
This will then give your guests 6 - 10 weeks to receive and respond to your wedding invitation.
Also make sure you have the postage stamps ready for those invitations you plan to mail. Another option is to hand-deliver invitations to guest you will see within the next week or two.
Order 'Day Of' StationeryIf you are able to order these with your invitations, then please do so to ensure all items for your wedding match and materials are ordered at the same time.Other stationery you will need/want for the wedding day are;
Start compiling the details for the 'Day Of' stationerySuch as;
RSVP return date
Start organising your seating chartDecide where your guests will be sitting
Send all of the information to your stationer for the following items. This will allow for all artwork to be designed and approved by you. Once approved they will take approx. 1-2 to make.
Prepare your guest favoursAdd the tags (if applicable)Prepare all reception stationery and double-check everything is in order
Give your wedding venue or wedding planner the following items in preparation for your wedding day
Thank you cards
Send your thank you cards
If you have any questions with the timeline above or want further information on a certain point, please don't hesitate to either email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or comment below as I am always here to help.Until next time,Bel x