October 14, 2015
In a perfect world this is how you would plan the when and what of your wedding invitation and stationery:
Now, don’t despair if you don’t quite manage to stick to this timeline. This is just a guide to give you an overview of the whole process. The most important thing is that your guests do get their invitations with some time to go shop for that new dress or buy a plane ticket.
Once you are engaged:
– Set a date. You might have to be a bit flexible, depending on availability of venues.
– Start writing your guest list. This can take some time, especially if you are trying to keep guest numbers at a certain level. It can be a difficult decision which aunty to invite and which one has to stay home.
– Once you know the number of your guests it’s time to book your ceremony and reception venues. Don’t leave this to later- the venue you had your eye on since you were 15 could be booked out.
– Now that you know where you will get married, and have a solid date for your special day it’s time to find a designer for your Save The Date cards. If you decide to send out Save The Date cards or not is really up to you. They are not a must, but really helpful if you are having a destination wedding or most of your guests are from out of town.
6 months before wedding:
– Make a mailing list of your guests.
– Time to send out the Save The Date cards. If your wedding is taking place at a more exotic location sending the cards out earlier, even up to 12 months before the wedding, would be really appreciated by your guests. That gives them ample time to book flights and accommodation, and they might even be able to grab a travel bargain!
4-5 months before wedding:
– Now the fun starts! Select your wedding invitation design, finalise wording (you can find some inspiration here), location details, rsvp dates etc
– Order your wedding invitations.
3 months before wedding:
– Make sure that your guests’ addresses are still current, if necessary update your mailing list.
– Get started on addressing the envelopes, and don’t forget to add your return address.
– Now place invitation, rsvp and any other components into the envelopes, seal. Preferably don’t lick all 100 envelopes…. you don’t want this to happen to you ;)
1-2 months before wedding:
– Confirm cost of postage for your invitations. Bear in mind that the size and weight of your invitation will affect postage, and that some certain sizes will not qualify as a simple letter anymore.
– Purchase postage stamps. Australia Post even has the option to personalise your stamps. If you are planning to do that make sure you allow enough time for this to be processed (it takes 10 business days according to their website).
– Add stamps to invitations and then they are ready for you to mail them. And now sit back and relax and wait for all the RSVP cards….