There is a bit of a timeline with wedding stationery as to when you should order everything to make sure you have enough time to receive it from your stationer and then get it sent out to guests in enough time to get the RSVP's back. We would recommend that you start the process of ordering your stationery 3 months before the date you are looking to send them out by. Just to give plenty of time for design approval and printing.
Invitations - As a guide wedding invites should go out about 4 months before the big day to give your guests enough time to send back RSVP's so you can confirm number with your venue in plenty of time. There are normally two different main invitations that you send out for your wedding - your main day invite and your evening invite if you are having extra people to your reception in the evening. They are usually very similar just the wording is change to inform the guest which part of your day they are invited to.
RSVP- Its advisable that you set your RSVP dates so you have final confirmed numbers at least 4-5 weeks before your wedding. Check with your venue when they need the final guest count by and use this as a guide. It will also help you for sorting out wedding favours / on the day stationery. Dont forget to factor in any postage delays if any of your guests live in different countries.
Save The Dates- These can actually be sent at out any time when you have decided (and I would recommend secured) your wedding date. To be on the safe side I would say send them out at atleast 6-7 months before your date to ensure all your guests can come. They are a great way to get guests excited about your big day. There are so many styles that you dont have to have decided on the theme for your wedding when you send them out.
Information / Details Cards - These are a great way to include bit more information in to your wedding suite without over crowding the actual invite. If you want to include travel details, a wedding website, accommodation details or maybe a well wishes gift list, then a details card is a perfect item to include that extra information for your guests. These will have all the same design elements as the rest of your suite so it will all match. If you have lots of information they can be double sided, or you can have two!
Belly Band - This is a term for a band that wraps round all of your invite pieces to hold them all together to ensure that your invites come out of the envlope in the way you want your guests to see them. Normally they are paper that matches your invitation suite, but this can always be changed for twine or ribbon.
12 Months before "I DO"
Pick your venue, secure your date and start thinking of your guest list whilst finding your perfect wedding stationery and starting thinking about Save the Dates.
6-12 Months before "I DO"
Send out your Save the Dates so that your guests can secure the date in their diaries and start to make travel arrangements if needed!
7-9 Months before "I DO"
Start the ordering process for your full invitation suite to make sure that they are just the way that you want them and arrive in enough time for your to re-jig your guest list at least three times before sending them out.
4 Months before "I DO"
Send out those beautiful invites in to the world and receive a flood of messages telling you how beautiful they are and how excited everyone is for your big day. While you are riding on a cloud, you should probably start thinking about your on the day stationery - place cards, table plan, menu's... the little details that make everything pop.
4-6 Weeks before "I DO"
You should be receiving back that last of the RSVP's so you have a good idea of who your friends are at this point! Now you should start ordering your on the day stationery to tie the day in together. Also try and avoid any nervy B's because, YOU ARE GETTING MARRIED IN A MONTH!
4-6 Weeks after "WE DID"
Time to sort out sending thank you cards to your guests who enjoyed the most wonderful day with you and your partner. By now you should have your wedding pictures back, so why not remind everyone how fabulous you both looked by sending out a wedding photo thank you?