Back when I was wedding planning, Pinterest was at it’s peak. This meant that there at least fifty different recommendations about when to order and send everything. Spoiler alert, every list was different. Nowadays, things are bit more consistent (sometimes…) but I thought it might be helpful to give you a recommended timeline regarding your wedding stationery. This can help you plan things like your engagement photos, especially if you want to use those photos on your Save the Dates. It can also help give you direction of when you should purchase and when to send things to optimize your guest’s experience!
12-15 Months Out
Finalize your Wedding Aesthetic such as your colors, general style, and overall vibe! Your wedding stationery is going to set the story for your entire wedding day so it should reflect what your guests can expect in regards to that Aesthetic. This is also a great time to research where you might want to purchase from. There are a ton of options from big retailers like Minted and Shutterfly to smaller businesses you find on Etsy. My personal favorites are the Peony Paperie, Empress Stationery, and Blonde & Brindle Co.
9-12 Months Out
Order your Save the Dates! If you are having a destination wedding, a wedding during Peak Season (June and Fall months if you’re in New England!), or if you are expecting a large number of out of town guests, get this done earlier. The more likely it is that your guests will have conflicts or be unavailable, the earlier you should order!
6-9 Months Out
Send your Save the Dates! Similar advice to the previous, take into account your own situation and plan accordingly in regard to sending them out!
6-9 Months Out
Order your Wedding Suite! This entirely depends on how involved your wedding suite is going to be but it’s never a bad idea to get them printed early just in case. Especially with smaller companies and local stationers, things happen and timelines can fall behind. Always be sure you have an idea of when you can expect your suite to arrive to you. If you are doing any assembling or addressing yourself, take that time into account as well. Coming from someone who knows, addressing the envelopes yourself can take a lot longer than anticipated.
3-6 Months Out
Send your Wedding Invitations! Caterers and venues typically require head counts no later than 3 weeks prior so be sure to give yourself enough time. You’ll need time to receive the responses (whether digital or paper), organize the information, reach out to anyone who hasn’t answers, etc. It’s a good idea to set your RSVP date to at least 2 weeks before you’ll need to relay the information.
2-3 Months Out
Order your Day Of Stationery! This can be anything from programs to menu cards to place cards and more. These can take a few weeks to print so make sure you have a plan to get them in advance.
4-6 Weeks After
Send Thank You cards! It is rarely expected that you send these immediately following your wedding. With Honeymoons, as well as sometimes returning to work or moving house, it can easily get overwhelming. Generally speaking, you should try to get your thank you cards mailed out within 6 weeks of your big day!