Your Wedding Stationery Timeline

Timescales to work towards when organising your wedding stationery
You're in the middle of planning your big day and you're getting turned away from suppliers because they are fully booked. All of a sudden everything feels super stressful and this is the last thing you need when trying to plan a wedding.
Once you have booked your venue and registrar / church I would say before doing anything else book your wedding photographer. They get booked up before any other supplier. Its amazing how many couples come to me to recommend a photographer because the one they have been following on Instagram for 2 years is booked up.
Now onto wedding stationery - my speciality.
Here are guidelines to choosing the right stationer for you and timescales to work towards so you don't have any last minute panics. You can have what you want even if you have a lower budget. Its just the research you need to invest time in.
The Start
Now you have a venue, date, registrar and photographer you can start to look at the style of stationery you want. Create a Pinterest board if you haven't already, every bride needs one of these! Brides to be tend to have more than one board too. All their ideas on one and then a 'final' wedding inspiration board so pin, pin and pin! Suppliers will use Pinterest too, to showcase their work so you'll find if you see something you like you'll be able to find the person that created it by clicking on the image.
Stationery Timeline
11-12 months to go - Send your Save the Dates to your day guests.
. Include the place/ area too, just so your guests know if they have to travel far. Some people go for something completely different for their Save the Dates to what they want for their invitations and 'on the day' stationery. There are no rules, if you wanted the same design every stationery suite will have a Save the Date too!
Bespoke Design or House Collections
Decide if you want to have a bespoke design or a house collection for your stationery. If you want a bespoke design you need to give your designer plenty of time to create it for you - especially because a lot of designs are using hand painted and hand drawn elements.
Your designer will probably need around 3months from consultation to completion for your invitation suite so don't forget to factor this in when planning. With regards 'house collections' you'll be looking at around 4-6 weeks to receive your order from proofs being sent.
Do you want your Save the Dates to be bespoke too? If so factor the timescales in before you're ready to send them.
5-6 months to go - Send your Invitations, start with day guests and then send out evening invites a little after. You might want to move up evening guests to the day if you get any declines for the day.
Tip - add a few extra to both day and night quantities just in case you've missed anyone
3-4 months to go - Finalise your guest list and 'on the day stationery.' There's a lot more to wedding stationery than just your invitations. Have a think about what you want to go for and what you need for your wedding day. Place cards, menus, table numbers, table plans, order of service, signage.. the list goes on.
Tip - Remember to ask your venue what they provide too
Welcome Sign wedding
2 weeks to go! Make sure you have all of your day stationery in hand. There's nothing worse than last minute panic, the build up to your wedding day should be stress free {if you're organised, blog post coming soon about this}.
. As a stationer myself, I like to leave it a minimum of 2 weeks to ship before your wedding day, if I can send it earlier then that's even better.
After your big day..
0-3 months after - Now is the time to send out your thank you cards. There's nothing worse than thanking your guests a year after your wedding day when they're sending your anniversary cards.
Tip - make sure you have a list of what everyone has given you, personalised messages are much more meaningful, and your guests will love it!
I hope this helps you and answers your wedding stationery queries. I am happy to answer any further questions you might have with regards your wedding stationery and if you'd like a bespoke quote just drop me a message. I love all things wedding!
Amy x
Read more here about why having 'on the day' stationery is a great idea!
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