Your wedding stationery is one of the most important details of your big day! After all, how else are you going to inform your nearest and dearest of your wedding details? It can be overwhelming to know what to send, when to send it, and even where to begin. While you will likely be making more trips to the post office than ever before, if you’re organized the entire process can be manageable, and even enjoyable! When it comes to your stationery, you can never start too early.

We’ve laid out all the details you need to know for your save-the-dates, invitations, and thank you cards! Read on for our easy-to-follow wedding stationery timeline that will save you from last-minute scrambling and give you peace of mind when dropping your wedding invitations in the mail! 

 


The Wedding Stationery Timeline Every Couple Needs

 

Save-the-Dates

Who to Send to: 

Save-the-dates should only be sent to those you plan on inviting to your wedding.

What to Include:

Your save-the-dates should only include “preliminary” information that gives your guests just enough info to mark their calendars. You can include:

  • You and your fiance’s name

  • The wedding date and location (No need to put the full address for now—this will be included in the wedding invitation!)

  • A notice that a formal invitation will be arriving closer to the date

  • Optional: URL to your wedding website

When to Order:

Save-the-dates should be ordered once your wedding date and location are confirmed. 

When to Send:

When it comes to save-the-dates you can never give too much notice, so consider sending them out anywhere from six to eight months in advance. In today’s society, our lives are scheduled down to the minute, so make sure you give enough lead time to earn a coveted spot on your guests’ busy calendar. If you’re having a destination wedding or if your wedding falls on a holiday, consider sending your save-the-dates even earlier, with at least ten months’ notice. Trust us, your guests will thank you for the extra time to plan their travel and accommodations!

Wedding Invitations

What to Include:

Your invitations need to include all of the important information your guests need to know before your big day! We recommend:

  • Details of the location, venue, date, and time

  • Your wedding website or registry information

  • Any travel accommodations

  • Wedding dress code

  • Don’t make it hard for your guests to reply by having them hunt down your address and purchase stamps! Instead, include an RSVP card with a self-addressed and stamped envelope for quick and easy response time!

Tip: Your wedding invitation is the place to specify the number of guests invited and whether children are included/allowed. See our blog on how to address your wedding invitation envelopes.

When to Order:

Begin searching for your stationer at least ten months prior to your wedding date. The entire process, from the initial consultation to the delivery of your invitations can take anywhere from 6-8 weeks. You also have to account for printing, assembly, and finishing details, which can take anywhere from 10-14 days—plus delivery time!

Tip: It’s helpful to order some extra invitations in case of any last-minute invites you wish to make or to have for your personal keepsakes. We recommend ordering at least 10 additional pieces.

A Note About RSVP Cards: Trust us, you will have those guests that will lose their RSVP card or wait until the last minute to confirm their attendance. Knowing this, we strongly suggest asking for replies with plenty of time to spare! We suggest setting your reply date two months prior to your wedding date.

By setting this deadline, you have plenty of buffer time to receive those late RSVPs that magically got “lost” in the mail, track down those friends who are always MIA and leave some wiggle room for those who need a little more time to make arrangements. Your vendor team will thank you for having a solid number a month before the wedding. Which brings us to the next question: When do I mail out the invitations?

When to Send:

Wedding invitations should be sent out 3-4 months before the wedding. For destination weddings and international guests, we recommend up to six months in advance. 

 


Wedding Stationery Timeline

 

Thank You Cards

Who to Send to:

You should send a thank you card to anyone who sent a gift, as well as those who attended any of the wedding festivities, including the engagement party, rehearsal dinner, or wedding.

When to Order:

Thank you cards can typically be ordered along with your wedding invitations.

What to Include:

You want to keep your thank you cards short, sweet, and personal that will:

  • Personally address each guest in their party

  • Thank each guest for their attendance and/or gift

  • Describe or include a comment about the gift and/or attendance

Tip: If a monetary gift was received, you can say something along the lines of “thank you for the generous/kind gift.”

When to Send:

For gifts received near your wedding date, typically 1-3 months after the honeymoon is standard. For gifts received at other times, like an engagement party, 2-4 weeks post-gifting works fine!

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Wedding Stationery Timeline