You’re engaged, yay! Call your parents, show off that ring, and pop the champagne! I’m a firm believer in taking time to save the moment and celebrate with your loved ones before you dive into the nitty-gritty details of planning your big day. Whenever you’re ready to start, this guide is here to help you with all things stationery, from your save the dates all the way through your thank you notes.
While every wedding timeline is different, this general overview should help you with planning out your stationery and signage. You may or may not want to include everything listed here, but it’s always good to know your options!
determine how much of your budget will go to stationery, paper goods, and signage
set up your wedding website if you’re using one
start researching stationery designers you want to work with
put together your guest list and create a database for addresses, RSVPs, gifts, etc.
propose to your wedding party
start designing custom save the dates
(for SEMI-CUSTOM, you can wait until 8-9 months out)
if you're having a destination wedding, send your save the dates now!
mail out your save the dates!
reach out to your invitation designer (if different from save the date designer)
start designing custom invitations
also include items like rehearsal dinner invitations and thank you cards
(for SEMI-CUSTOM, you can wait until 3-4 months out)
address your invitation envelopes (or pass them off to your calligrapher)
finalize your food + drink menus
mail your invitations!
start designing custom day-of materials (menus, place cards, etc.)
(for SEMI-CUSTOM day-of materials, you can wait until 4-6 weeks out)
confirm RSVPs + finish designing day-of materials
send rehearsal dinner invitations if you did not include them with your invitation suite
put together welcome bags if necessary
finalize headcount and pass along guest information to your day-of designer
finish place cards, seating charts, other day of materials
send out your thank you cards!
DESIGN TIMES TO KEEP IN MIND
For semi-custom stationery, allow at least 4-6 weeks for the production process.
For fully custom stationery, allow at least 3 months for the design and production process.
For calligraphy and hand-lettering, allow at least 3 weeks.
If you are considering special printing or materials (such as letterpress, foil printing, laser cutting, acrylic, etc.), keep in mind that these processes will require additional time to complete.