So you’re engaged! You’ve probably booked your dream venue, set the date, and now you’re scouring bridal magazines and salons for the perfect gown! Ahhh….wedding planning bliss. Before you get too far into your planning, you want to make sure you’re sticking to a timeline for items such as wedding invitations and stationery. I briefly touched on this topic in a previous post, but I’d like to expound on it a little bit more. Sticking to a timeline for your wedding stationery will not only keep you organized, but will also alleviate lots of stress leading up to the Big Day. Below is the suggested timeline that I share with my clients:
- 9-12 months – During this timeframe you want to decide how much you’re able to spend on invitations and stationery, as well as interview stationers that fit within your budget plan. On average, Brides and Grooms spend about 6% of their wedding budget on invitations. Contact a few stationers and schedule a sit down consultation so that you can learn about the styles they offer. Please keep in mind that most stationers will require you to make a deposit to be added to their calendar.
- 6-9 months – By this time you should have your initial guest list finalized and your save-the-dates in the mail. If you’re having a destination wedding, you’ll want to have your save-the-dates in the mail 9-12 months in advance. Some opt out of sending save-the-dates which is fine, but keep in mind that if your date falls on a holiday, or around a popular travel season, you’ll want to make sure to give your guests at least 6 months notice so that they don’t make other plans.
- 3-5 months – It’s time to start the design process of your invitation! This is the fun part. Based on the feedback you gave at your consultation, your stationer will design an invitation that captures your wedding vision. This may include a monogram or logo, a unique floral, texture, or geometric design, bold and beautiful fonts, or pops of color in all the right places. Whatever design scheme you decide to go with, make sure that it represents the theme and vision of your wedding. Your invitation will be the first introduction to your wedding that your guests receive, so you want it to cue feelings of anticipation and excitement for your wedding day!
- 6-8 weeks – You’re now just about ready to mail your invitations. Before you buy postage, be sure to take one invitation to the post office to have it weighed. Oftentimes with adding enclosures, heavier papers, and multiple envelopes, the weight of the invitation will change which will cause the postage to increase. Please note that if you’re having a destination wedding, your invitations should go in the mail 12-16 weeks in advance.
There you have it, folks! If you stick to this timeline, your guests will have ample notice to plan for your wedding, and you’ll remain on task and as stress-free as possible. If you’d like to interview Penned by Pink as a potential stationer for your wedding, contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re also here to answer any stationery etiquette questions you have! Hope to hear from you soon.