When it comes to wedding invitations and stationery, I’m here to help you! As I know it is not always easy to figure out when to start looking at save the dates or invitations, I have put together for you a simple timeline to help you along the way.
Save the Dates
The save the dates cards should be sent at least 9 months before the wedding, if the event is local. 12 months or more in advance if the wedding is abroad. This will allow your guests plenty of time to organise their flights and accommodation.
The invitations should to be sent 3 – 4 months in advance with an R.S.V.P. date request 4 to 6 weeks before the wedding. Some of your wedding suppliers (wedding venue especially) will need to have your final headcount soon, so speak to them by when they need a definite number from you and set your RSVP deadline for another two weeks before this. This will leave you with some time to chase anyone who hasn’t responded (it will happen!).
On the day stationery
Once you have a clear idea regarding who will be joining you in celebrating your wedding day, it is time to order your on-the-day stationery which can include the mass or ceremony booklets, menus, table cards, place names cards or escort cards, table seating plan and reception or venue signs. These should be ordered 6 to 4 weeks before your wedding day.
After the big day
Don’t forget about sending thank you cards, as they are as important as the invitations. Always handwrite the thank you notes. Who to send them to? To everyone who attended your wedding, as well as anyone else who sent you a card or a present. You should also send a thank you card to your suppliers and vendors, if they have exceeded your expectations. The thank you card should be sent within 6 months after the wedding.