Wedding Stationery Timeline
Save the Dates Since save the dates are typically simple, ordering these a month before sending should give your stationery designer plenty of time to set up your designs, have them printed and do any assembly that might be required (depending on their workload at the time).
When to mail your save the dates: – a year ahead of time for a destination wedding – 8-10 months ahead for a summer wedding – 6-8 months ahead for a local wedding
Invitations Schedule a time to meet with your designer or stationer 4-6 months prior to the wedding. Allow an extra month for a destination wedding.
When to mail your invitations: – 6-8 weeks prior to your wedding date – 3 months prior to your wedding date for a destination wedding
A Note on the Response Date: If it works for your caterer’s schedule, I always recommend that your response date be one month prior to the wedding, on the same number date. So if you are getting married on May 13th, your response date would be April 13th. My reasoning for this is to keep that number date in your guests’ minds, it gives you a week to follow up with the people that haven’t replied (there are always those people) and time to make your table arrangements. That allows 2 1/2 weeks for your stationer/designer to have the cards for seating or seating chart made. I have found that this has worked with my schedule. Check with your stationer/designer to make sure this works for them as well.
A good rule of thumb is to mail your thank you notes a month after the wedding. This isn’t always possible when waiting for a picture to use from your photographer. The turnaround time for having digitally printed photo cards is relatively quick, so just do the best you can.
My best advice on thank you notes: do a limited number of cards each day until you are done with your list. The hand cramps from trying to do them all at once is no fun – trust me on that one. Also, enlist your spouse to help!
I hope these tips help in your wedding planning/scheduling!