Wedding Stationery Timeline
It’s not always easy to know what to do when in terms of wedding planning, so we are here to help with our handy wedding stationery timeline. Read on to find out more about the crucial stages of ordering and sending your wedding stationery, from your save the date cards right up to your wedding thank you cards. Take a look at how we can help you keep your wedding planning on track, and find out the deadline for ticking each piece of your wedding stationery off your wedding checklist!
Sending your save the date cards
More than 6 months to go!
Save the dates are a great way to announce your engagement and are the first glimpse that your guests will have of your wedding style! Your save the date cards are a practical way to have your guests add your wedding into their diary and also give you the opportunity to share your favourite photo from your engagement photo shoot or you latest romantic getaway.
When should I send my save the date cards?
You should send your save the date cards at least 6 months before the wedding! You don’t need to give away all the details at this point, and simply need to let your guests know the date and the vague location (i.e. the town or region).
Giving your guests plenty of notice before your wedding will leave them with no excuse not to join you on the day, so send out your save the dates as soon as you have chosen your wedding date and booked your venue. If you are getting married during a peak period or planning a destination wedding then send your save the date cards out as soon as possible to make sure that your guests have enough time to book the time off work and to grab those bargain flight.
2-4 months to go!
If you have gotten this far then the biggest wedding-related decisions will be behind you; with a venue, caterer, florist and photographer already booked! Now it is time to get started on your wedding invitations! Use your wedding invitations to give your guests all the information that they will need in order to make it to your big day!
At this point, you probably have a wedding theme and colour scheme in mind so you can start looking for wedding stationery that will match your wedding vision. Take a look at our wedding invitation designs for more inspiration.
When should I send my wedding invitations?
3-4 months before your wedding.
The wedding is now approaching fast and it doesn't get more real than putting your wedding invitations in the post box! It is never too early to send your wedding invitations, but we would recommend sending them out up to four months before your big day to make sure that your guests have all the information that they need well in advance.
Wedding invitation inserts
Use our guest information cards to share the finer details; with everything from directions, to the number of your gift list. You can also include handy RSVP cards to make it as easy as possible for your guests to let you know whether or not they are able to join you for your big day.
When should I set my RSVP deadline?
Find out from your wedding suppliers when they will need your final headcount and set your RSVP deadline for a few weeks before this. This will leave you with a couple of weeks to chase anyone who hasn’t responded.
On-the-day wedding stationery
1-2 months to go!
With only a couple of months to go until your big day, the excitement, (and perhaps the stress), is sure to be building. No one said planning a wedding was easy!
The wedding stationery journey doesn’t stop once you have sent out your wedding invitations, as you still need to find the perfect order of service booklets, table numbers, place cards and menu cards. Coordinated wedding stationery creates a real wow factor, so keep the same design and typography for your on-the-day stationery.
These practical pieces of wedding stationery will ensure that your guests can follow along with your wedding ceremony and that they stick to the seating plan, you slaved over for weeks!
When should I order my wedding stationery for the big day?
Order your on-the-day stationery a couple of months in advance, once you have decided on your wedding menu and have your final headcount. Once you submit your order, we will take a couple of days internally to proofread and check over your wedding stationery to make sure that everything is absolutely perfect. We will then have you validate any changes that we have made to your wedding stationery, before popping it in the post!
Make sure that you give yourself plenty of time to write out the table numbers, as well as your guests’ names on your wedding place cards to avoid any last minute stress.
Wedding thank you cards
After your big day
If your wedding went better than you could have ever imagined, you probably have your friends and family to thank for that! After the high of your wedding day and the bliss of your exotic honeymoon, it is easy to forget the final element of your wedding stationery - wedding thank you cards.
Don’t let your wedding thank you cards bring you down to earth with a bump, and instead get your wedding album back out and start looking for the perfect romantic photo to share with your loved ones. Sending wedding thank you cards is an important step in making your friends and family realise how much you appreciated their help with the planning, their presence on the day and their kind gifts.
When should I send my wedding thank you cards?
Send your wedding thank you cards out within the three months after your wedding. You will want to make sure that you get your wedding thank you cards out as soon as possible, (although you may like to wait to receive your professional photos to treat your guests to a romantic picture or a group snap).
Who should I send wedding thank you cards to?
You should send wedding thank you cards to everyone who attended your wedding, as well as anyone else who sent you a card or a present. Take a look at our dos and dont's for your wedding thank you cards for more information.