After many years producing wedding stationery in our parent company Morgan Printing we found that the most common question we receive in regards to wedding invitations is - when should we order our invitations, how much notice should we give our guests?
We agree it can be a little confusing, so we have created a little timeline for you based on the 1000s of wedding invitations we have produced.
Things you should consider first and foremost.
If you are a yes to either of those two questions we recommend sending a Save The Date.
A Save The Date provides simple details like the date and location of the wedding. They can be sent out 7 months prior to the wedding date (thus should be ordered 8 months before the wedding) and give guests plenty of notice to save the date and book flights and accommodation where necessary. Once they are sent out you have some time to lock in all the details without worrying about accommodation being booked out or if your loved ones from overseas can make it.
We suggest working backwards from 3 months prior to your wedding date which is when we recommend sending out your invitations. You will need to know numbers for catering, venues etc roughly 3 weeks before the big day. By sending the invitations out 3 months before it gives your guests 7 weeks to clear their dairies and RSVP and you the perfect amount of time to follow guests up and confirm numbers with your vendors.
Destination Weddings and overseas guests? Order Save The Dates 8 months before your wedding day.
7 months before Wedding - Send out Save The Dates
5 Months Before Wedding - Order Wedding Invitations, RSVP, A Note on Gifts, Information Cards.
Allow 3-4 Weeks for Printing
It takes us 3 weeks from approval of artwork to produce your stationery.
3 Months Before Wedding -Post Wedding Invitations.
4-5 Weeks Before Wedding - Receive RSVPs and Order Day of Event Stationery.
Your Wedding Day - Enjoy your special day.
3 Months After Wedding - Send Thank You Cards up to three months after Wedding.
For all the visual learners out there; here is the timeline in a pretty little format or you can check it out on our wedding planner.
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