When to Order & Send All Wedding Stationery? | Quick & Easy Guide
Every bride is faced with the question of WHEN TO ORDER and WHEN TO SEND OUT the various components of wedding stationery — whether that be Save the Dates, Invitations, or thank you notes.
Here’s a helpful and concise guide offered by Robin Holder, a wedding invitation vendor:
AS SOON AS YOU SET THE DATE: Send save the dates to everyone on your wedding guest list. (Ordering Tip: BE SURE TO COUNT YOUR NUMBER OF ADDRESSES, NOT GUESTS.) Guests will appreciate having extra time to plan and make travel arrangements, especially if you’re having a destination or holiday wedding.
3-4 MONTHS BEFORE THE WEDDING: Order your wedding invitations, enclosure cards, printed envelopes and thank you notes. Start addressing the invitation envelope as soon as you receive your order to stay ahead of schedule.
6-8 WEEKS BEFORE THE WEDDING: Put your invitations in the mail. Have an entire invitation with all enclosures and envelopes weighed at the post office to make sure you buy the right postage. Be sure to keep an invitation for photographing with your rings at the wedding.
4 WEEKS BEFORE THE WEDDING: Now is the perfect time to order your day-of items, like wedding programs, guest registers, sand ceremony supplies or unity candles, wedding favors, personalized napkins, menu cards and more.
1-2 WEEKS BEFORE THE WEDDING: Contact any guests who have not sent back their response cards so you’ll have an accurate guest count.
RIGHT AFTER THE WEDDING: Start writing those thank you notes. You have three months to send your thank yous, but don’t wait until the last minute. Guests want to know you received their gifts, and that you loved celebrating with them.