A wise man once said: fail to prepare, prepare to fail. We don’t know who that man was, but we can certainly agree with him. Making sure all your wedding stationery is ordered with plenty of time to spare is essential; not only will it help you feel more organised and relaxed, it’s also shows your guests that you’ve considered them.
Just so you have an idea of when to get everything printed and sent, we’ve created a stationery timeline starting from twelve months before the wedding day (if you want to be extra prepared and start before this, go right ahead!).
The question’s been popped and the countdown begins…
Twelve months to go
Now is the time you’ll want to ask your guests to save the date. If you’re hoping for maximum attendance from your nearest and dearest, twelve months is our best recommendation to print and send these out. For those that want to play it fast and loose, the time can be cut down to six months.
Six months to go
Around the six month mark is when you’ll be printing up the first large bulk of your wedding stationery. We recommend getting your invitations/evening invitations and RSVP cardsready with lots of time to spare. If you get a batch back and decide that you don’t like the font/colour/paper, you’ll still have time to get everything re-arranged. You can push this down to four months, but it’s better to err on the side of caution.
Four months to go
Things are going to start heating up now; you’ll have your RSVPs back and will be ready to start ordering the second largest bulk of wedding stationery. Table stationery like place cards, table plans and menus are best when ordered two to four months before they’re needed.
One month to go
Almost there! Stay on top of things by making sure you order your Order of service one month before the wedding day. Ideally this will be printed last so you can make sure that any final changes are included.
The wedding day
You just enjoy this bit!
Three months afterwards
So now that everything has settled down into delicious wedded bliss, it’s time to think about thanking the guests. Some people like to order thank you cards before the wedding, but there are a lot of modern couples who prefer to use images taken on their wedding day for the front of the card. Whatever you decide, etiquette suggests that there’s a three month window to get these babies out.
We hope you found this helpful, but if you do have any questions about ordering your wedding stationery, just get in touch with our Customer Service team!