When it comes to that part in your wedding planning when you start to think about your stationery it can get a little confusing knowing what to do and when. When you place your order with me I will send you your very own personalised stationery timeline that details the dates you can expect everything to happen. This way you will know when you need to do things like get your list of guest names over to me or when we will start sorting out the details of your table plan. This is to make the whole process of ordering your stationery as easy and as effortless for you as possible.
But if you aren’t quite ready to order your stationery just yet here’s a bit of a head’s up of what to do and when. This is the first part, so covers Save the Dates, Invitations and RSVPs; keep an eye out for part 2 next week!
I always find it’s really helpful to work backwards to work out your timeframe, now this may not work for you but I find it the easiest way to do it.
So start with when you need to let your venue and/or caterers know your final guest numbers. Ok, so this determines your RSVP date. I always recommend to my couples to set the RSVP date a couple of weeks before you need to let your venue know so you have time to chase up any late repliers, and trust me there will be late repliers!
So now you know when you want replies back by this then determines when you send out your invitations. You don’t want to rush guests into replying to their invitation but you don’t want to give them too much time either as they’ll put their invite on the sideboard or the fridge and forget about it. So I would say give them about 6-8 weeks to reply. So, to clarify, send your invitations out 6-8 weeks before you need them to reply. This usually works out at about 3-4 months before your wedding date.
Save the date cards are a little easier, these need to be sent out between 1 year and 9 months before the wedding date. Go for 1 year if you have guests travelling from afar and who will need to book accommodation, 9 months should be sufficient if generally most people know your wedding date and haven’t got to make huge travel or accommodation plans.
Now you have decided when you are going to send out your save the dates and invitations make sure you get in contact with me 3 months before you plan on sending out your first item of stationery. This gives us plenty of time to create your perfect stationery exactly as you want it.
I hope this has helped to make things a little clearer in your mind, I know how weddings can become a very stressful business! If you have any other questions just let me know, but in the meantime remember to pop back next week for part two!
Have a great week whatever you’re doing, Natalie x