One of the first things we will do while discussing your invitations is to create a timeline. While we’ll tailor the dates on your timeline to fit your wedding needs, here’s a general outline of what it typically looks like.
Six to Nine Months before the Wedding
Time for save the dates! Etiquette says to give at least six months notice to make sure guests keep the day reserved for your celebration. Having a wedding over a holiday weekend or a destination wedding? Bump that even earlier so guests have enough time to plan. Include a link to your wedding website where you can include information to assist guests in making travel arrangements. Finally, create a log of some sort for the correct spelling of guests names and addresses to make tracking RSVPs and writing thank you notes easier.
Four Months before the Wedding
Order your wedding invitations and any additional enclosures: directions, RSVP, other important details, etc. Decide what you will be doing for any non-invitation stationery as well: menus, thank you cards, escort/place cards, programs, etc.
Six to Eight Weeks before the Wedding
Double-check postage for the assembled invitation (envelope liner and all!) and then send. Include an RSVP date on your response cards that will give you enough time to get a final count back to your caterer/event planner/venue coordinator. Ideally, 4 weeks before the wedding date is a good RSVP deadline, taking into account that you will not receive some RSVPs exactly on time.
Once you get your final headcount, you can even start pre-addressing your thank you note envelopes so that you have one less thing to do on your honeymoon! And then…
Two to Four Weeks after the Wedding
Send thank you notes to all of your guests as soon as possible. Ideally right away, but no later than 4 weeks after the wedding. BUT better late than never…so get them out no matter what! If you do them in small batches at a time, it’s way more manageable. Do not use a pre-printed message and include a short yet personal message for each.
What do you think? Are there any other questions in particular you’re wondering about in the world of wedding stationery? I’d love to help!