Wedding Wednesday: Stationery Timeline

You’re engaged to the man of your dreams and now your nights are spent pinning your ideal wedding on Pinterest and ripping out pages from Marthas Weddings for the perfect wedding dress. {I’m not even engaged and I spend my days doing the same thing.} Where do you start with the never ending list of to-do’s? To help you I have come up with a timeline of when you should start thinking about invitations. Let me go into more detail…

9 – 12 months before your wedding…

  • Make a guest list to determine the number of invitations you will need
  • Get a clear picture of what you would like your dream wedding to be {hint: incorporate both of your personal styles}
  • Decide if you would like to include a theme or a colour palette
  • Start to think of what type of Save the Date you would like to send out

6 – 9 months before your wedding…

  • Order and send out your Save the Date cards, especially if you are having a wedding during the summer, a holiday or are going away for a destination wedding
  • Have a rough idea of your budget for stationery
  • Book a consultation {here} to start looking at invitation options and determine the type and style of invitation would like
  • Determine the additional inserts you may need (reception cards, accommodation cards, map/directions, itinerary, etc.)
  • Give some thought to the day-of stationery you will require (menus, seating chart, programs, table numbers, thank you cards, etc.)

4 – 6 months before your wedding…

  • Finalize your guest list so you can figure out how many extra invitation you will need to order
  • Determine your invitation style, additional inserts, wording and place your invitation order
  • Carefully proofread when you receive your proofs

3 – 4 months before your wedding…

  • Begin addressing your envelopes if you are doing so by hand or sending them out for calligraphy
  • If you are doing your own assembly, begin that process now and stuff the invitations in the envelopes

8 – 12 weeks before your wedding…

  • Take one complete invitation to the post office to be weighed and purchase postage
  • Mail your invitations out!

3 – 4 weeks before your wedding…

  • Order all of the day-of stationery pieces you will need
  • Start an alphabetical list of your guests names and corresponding table numbers {if you are planning on doing a seating chart, having this information in spreadsheet format works best for us when merging files}
  • Mail any additional invitations in regards to your event (rehearsal dinner, day-after brunch, etc.)

2 – 3 weeks before your wedding…

  • Follow up with any guests who have not yet replied
  • Carefully proofread your day-of stationery pieces

1 – 2 days before your wedding…

  • Determine who will be taking care of handing out programs, who will be setting up place cards, etc.

1 – 3 months after your wedding…

  • Send out your personalized thank you cards to your guests

This is a lot of information to soak in, especially if that ring has only been taking up residence on that second little piggy for a few weeks, but I promise you it will make a lot more sense in a few months. You can also head over here and click on the three links that are provided for you for more tips! See, we’re just here to make it easier for you!

Notably Yours,



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