When to Order Your Wedding Invitations and Other Wedding Details
Things have changed slightly since the beginning of 2020. I realize that is QUITE an understatement, but stick with me. Things have changed, but the timeline of meeting with your stationer and placing your invitation order is pretty much the same as it has been.
In my experience during this pandemic, couples have been waiting until the last minute to order invitations because they don't know what will happen. I can't blame them - however, this can be a costly mistake. If you wait until the last minute, there is less time for a thoughtful design process and you can often incur rush fees to make sure your pieces arrive on time.
My suggestion is to place your order according to my timeline below. The design can be worked out early so that time and attention can be paid to get things just right. Until you say "It's perfect! Send it to print!" text can be adjusted. Once all of the details have been hammered out and you are confident that things can progress as planned... then we can print those beautiful invitations!
Save the Dates
Should be ordered 8-12 months prior to your wedding.
For a destination wedding, you definitely want to give your guests more time to plan for time off and travel arrangements.
Invitations and Enclosures
Should be designed 9–12 months before the wedding date.
Should be mailed 12 weeks before the wedding date.
Rehearsal Dinner Invitations
Should be ordered 6–8 weeks before mailing.
Should be mailed 1–2 weeks after the wedding invitation.
Thank You Notes
May be ordered with your wedding invitation suite.
Should be sent within 2-3 months of receiving gifts.
Should be requested 6-8 weeks before your wedding date.
Wedding Day Pieces
(Programs, Escort Cards, Signage, Menus, Napkins, Favors, etc.)
Should be ordered 8–12 weeks before your wedding date.
Download your own printable copy of the wedding timeline here...
Or email me (email@example.com) with your wedding date and I will send you your custom wedding stationery checklist complete with dates set up for your wedding.
If you are interested in discussing your wedding options further, please fill out the Stone Hill Paperie Custom Wedding Inquiry Form. Once your form is received, I will contact you to schedule a quick 10 minute phone call to discuss your wedding further and to see if we are a good fit to work together. I can't wait to learn more about your wedding plans!
Amy Hammond is the owner of Stone Hill Paperie, a custom invitation design studio in the quaint village of Skippack, Pennsylvania. Available by appointment to give you the attention you deserve for your important and unique event. Ready for some goosebumps?