Now that you’ve secured a date for your wedding, the next step is notifying all of your potential attendees so they can plan to leave your wedding date open on their calendars.
Below you will find an ideal timeline outlining when to order and mail out your wedding stationery. Keep in mind that the timeline below is completely subjective, and may vary depending on who your wedding stationer is, how many items you are requesting, and whether your wedding is taking place locally or out of the country. With that being said, the earlier you can reach out and hire a stationer and determine create a solid sense of what you are looking for in terms of paper goods for your wedding, the better.
THE WEDDING STATIONERY TIMELINE
ONCE YOU’RE ENGAGED…
Hire your stationer and calligrapher. Begin developing a vision of what paper goods your wedding will consist of and what they will look like.
12 - 6 MONTHS BEFORE
Order your save-the-date announcements.
6 - 8 MONTHS BEFORE
Mail your save-the-dates. If you’re having a destination wedding, we suggest mailing your save-the-dates as soon as you confirm your venue.
4 - 6 MONTHS BEFORE
Begin developing a vision for your wedding and rehearsal dinner invitations. If you want your invitation envelopes to be stylishly addressed, get your envelopes to your calligrapher as soon as possible.
2 - 3 MONTHS BEFORE
Mail your wedding and rehearsal dinner invitations. Once those are sent out, order other wedding paper goods you need (i.e. wedding programs, menu cards, table numbers, place cards, favor cards, signage).
1 MONTH BEFORE
Once you receive all guest RSVPs, finalize seating assignments for the dinner reception and get the final table assignments to your calligrapher for the escort/place cards and/or seating chart.