Wedding Stationery Timeline
Wedding Stationery Timeline
Trust us when we say, we know how difficult it can be when it comes to planning your wedding. And completing your wedding stationery is one of those tasks that can be daunting. Once it’s been printed, that’s it. It’ all very real from here on out… With this in mind, it is difficult to know what to send, to who and when. Well relax! Because we’ve created a handy wedding stationery timeline to help you plan the next few steps with ease!
Save the Dates
Your save the dates are the first glimpse your guests are going to receive that shows off your wedding day style! No pressure! These are not only useful pieces of information that give you the opportunity to share details about your big day. But they also give you the opportunity to show off an proposal or engagement photos you may have.
You should aim to send your save the dates between 7-9 months in advance of the big day. This gives guests that may not live close, to arrange time off work and book accommodation. Alternatively if you are planning a wedding abroad your guests will need a longer lead time, as they may need to book flights or babysitters. The longer they have to arrange the details the more likely they are to say yes to attending!
You do not need to give away all of the details of your wedding day in the save the dates, only the date and rough location will do!
Chances are if you’ve managed to make it this far along the wedding planning process then you’re nearly home and dry! All of the big decisions have been decided, your caterer, travel, venue, dress (WOOO!) and photographer will have been booked and you’re only a few small steps away from being 100% organised! Now it’s time to tell your loved ones about your big day…
Once you have a wedding theme or style and your chosen colours have been picked, choosing your wedding stationery couldn’t be more simply! Whether you are looking for a traditional and simple invite; or something fun and quirky, we are sure you will find a style to suit your needs. Discover our wedding stationery collection here.
We would advise for your invitations to be sent out around 4-6 months before the special day. Even with a RSVP deadline this still gives you more than enough time to round up those strays! This also gives guests enough time to make any arrangements.
Invitations are usually sent by the hosts of the wedding, we have suggested some alternative wordings below to fit different situations…
Bride & Groom as Host:
Joanne Spencer and William Booth request the pleasure of your company at their marriage…
Mr Colin Spencer and Mrs Jean Spencer request the pleasure of your company at the marriage of their daughter…
Bride’s Father as Host:
Mr Colin Spencer requests the pleasure of your company at the marriage of his daughter…
Bride’s Father Remarried:
Mr And Mrs Colin Spencer request the pleasure of your company at the marriage of his daughter…
Bride’s Mother (Widowed):
Mrs Colin Spencer requests the pleasure of your company at the marriage of her daughter…
Bride’s Mother (Divorced):
Mrs Jean Spencer requests the pleasure of…
Bride’s Mother Remarried:
Mr and Mrs David Thomas request the pleasure of your company at the marriage of her daughter…
Mr and Mrs Alan Wright request the pleasure of your company at the marriage of Joanne Spencer and William Booth
Invitations should be addressed to the guests with their names written in full, e.g. Mr and Mrs Robert Anderson, a family invitation should be written: Mr And Mrs Robert, Julie and Jack. The envelope of a formal invitation should be addressed to the wife: Mrs Robert Anderson. The invitation should state ‘Black Tie’ if your guests are required to wear evening dress.
There are two simple ways to structure you invitations; the first being to invite your guests to the entire day, and the second to the evening reception only.
For this we would advise for you to ask your caterer on their final head count cut off date. This will normally be around 2-3 weeks before the big day. So allow yourself a few weeks before this for your RSVP deadline. You then have some breathing room to ask the few remaining stragglers that ignore the deadline date!
We would advise for your ‘on-the-day stationery’ to be planned around 3 months before the day to ensure you have time to gather all of the require information you need. These final touches include order of service, table plans and table numbers, place cards and menu cards.
These pieces can match your wedding invitations or they each be individual if you want a quirky look. However we think that a coordinated look will really wow your guests!
Thank you cards
Now the day is over and you’ve returned from your honeymoon, it’s time to start thanking those that made your day truly special! Your friends and family have been there since day one and have helped you through every step of this wonderful journey. So now you need to thank them for their contribution! Your thank you cards should be written as soon as possible after your big day and no later than 3 months after!