INVITATION TIMELINE

One of the most common things that I get asked when designing Wedding stationery is when to start planning the process of having them designed and printed, and when to actually start sending them out.

There is of course no right or wrong, some people are super prepared and ahead of the game, and others may leave it just a little bit close to the wire. Below I have listed my suggestions as to when is a good time to start planning and getting your invitations out to your guests.

One year before Wedding Day...


12 months before your Wedding Day may seem like it's ages away, but from experience of designing Wedding stationery it's scary how fast it goes. Around this time is a good point to be researching designers, looking at inspiration for your invitations, thinking about your budget, costs of printing and whether pre-designed or bespoke options are best for you. I will always give advice on these areas and make sure what you choose is right for you. Having a designer at hand will help ease the stress of having to make decisions that you are not sure about.

10 months before Wedding Day...


Once you have made contact with your designer, talked about ideas and budget, your first priority should be your Save the Dates. Not everybody sends these, and technically you don't have to. But from my experience I believe they help ease the stress of having to get your invitations out super quick to make sure your guests aren't planning or booking any holidays on the day your getting married. A good 10 months before your date is a good time to let guests know not to plan anything other than celebrating your big day with you.

6-7 months before Wedding Day...


Having been made aware of the date of your Wedding, 6-7 months is a good time to let your guests know further information about your big day such as location and time. If you will be having guests arrive from different locations, hotels and transport will need to be booked prior to ensure everybody has arranged what they need. By sending out your invitations along with your RSVP cards at this stage makes it less stressful for both you and your guests.

4-3 months before Wedding Day...


With less than four months until your Wedding Day you need to start thinking about any of the on the day items that need to be designed and printed. On the day items are printed materials such as, Order of Service booklet, Table Names, Table Plan, Place Name Cards etc.. anything that your guests will need to help them on your Wedding Day to make it as stress free as possible. These items can take some time to plan, due to them being dependent on information from caterers, vicar or priest who will be conducting your ceremony and the number of guests that will  be attending.

2 months before Wedding Day...


It's time to start requesting for your RSVP cards to be returned to you from your guests. Having a deadline date stated on the cards when you send them out will remind your guests to send them back in plenty of time. Some guests can of course forget and you may have to spend some time chasing responses to get final numbers for your venue and caterers. 2 months prior to your Wedding Day is also a good time to send any of your on the day items to print to make sure they are with you in plenty of time.

1 month before Wedding Day


At this stage you should be in a position to just be checking everything and make any last amendments or changes to your items. Giving yourself 4 weeks to alter any mistakes that have been printed, (it's rare that something can slip through the net but it does happen), will make it so much less stressful for you, and with only a few weeks to go any avoided stress I'm sure will be welcome!