Newly Engaged? Here’s Your Wedding Stationery Timeline

If you’re newly engaged, a huge congratulations! This is such an exciting time for you and I can imagine there’s a lot on your wedding to-do-list – including your wedding stationery! To ease the overwhelm, I’ve put together a mini wedding stationery timeline, so that you have some guidance on the next steps to take and help you stay on track. Don’t forget, your wedding stationery offers your guests their first glimpse of what they can expect from your celebration, so make sure you consider the style of your Save the Dates and invitations etc before you start sending them out. You’ll find plenty of inspo over on the ‘gram! Here’s how to let your nearest and dearest know the all-important details about your big day…

gold foil pressed save the dates with wedding venue illustration

Save the Dates
Your Save the Dates are a useful (and stylish) way of delivering the essential information to your guests, and quite simply, they will let them know they are invited. As soon as you have secured your date and wedding venue, it’s time to get those Save the Dates sent out. I recommend to my clients to send out their Save the Dates ideally 9-12 months before the wedding, so that your guests can make their travel and accommodation arrangements. This should be absolute priority if you are planning on tying the knot abroad, as friends and family will need to organise time off work etc. Your Save the Dates should include the following information:

  • The name of the couple
  • The date and location of the ceremony and reception
  • Inform guests that a formal invitation will follow
  • If you have a wedding website, include the URL

Wedding Invitations
So, you’ve ticked off your Save the Dates, now you need to think about your invitations! For bespoke, luxury orders I recommend getting in touch 6 months prior to your special day, sending them out no less than 4 months before the wedding. This will give you enough time to put together the design, proof-read, make any amendments and have them printed. You need to give your guests enough time to RSVP too! Traditionally, couples include more details than you would have on your Save the Dates, such as:

  • Ceremony – location, venue, date and time
  • Reception – location, venue, date and time
  • Include details of guests invited (inc plus ones and children)
  • RSVP details – The final date and contact information
  • Directions / accommodation / travel arrangements
  • Dietary preferences or allergies
  • Details about wedding gifts / registry
  • Details about the dress code
  • Wedding website URL

wedding invitations with vellum wraps and blush pink silk ribbon

On The Day Stationery
I’ll be working with you on all-things On-The-Day Stationery related from the word go, ready for when your special day arrives. From menu cards to place settings, wedding signage to seating plans. It is important that the styling and design of your wedding stationery is cohesive and ties in together to really add to your theme and colour scheme.

Thank You Cards
The Thank You Cards are sent 1 – 3 months after the wedding, just to say a quick thank you to your loved ones for their attendance and for any gifts you may have received. I recommend keeping it short, sweet and personal and include a few pics of you both on the big day!

wedding stationery menus with vellum place setting and wax seals

Hopefully you’re feeling a little more clued up now! If you are looking for beautifully bespoke wedding stationery, please do get in touch.

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