The ring is on your finger and it is time to announce the plans for your big day! Getting all the details out to your guests in a timely manner is very important in order to give your guests adequate time to make plans to attend. From the save the dates to the thank you letters, follow this timeline to get your stationery signed, sealed, and delivered on time.

Save The Date

Once you pick a date and create a guest list it is time to mail out save the date cards. In order to give your guests plenty of time to make plans to attend, save the date cards should be mailed out 6-10 months prior to your wedding. If you are planning a destination wedding it is imperative that you send out your save the date cards as soon as possible to allow your guests to make travel arrangements.

Invitations

Your wedding invitations will give your guests all the details of your ceremony. Not only will your invitations inform your guests of the specifics, but they should also hint at the formality and overall theme of your wedding. Plan to have your invitations signed and sealed 6-8 weeks prior to the day of your ceremony in order to give your guests adequate time to prepare for your big day!

Reply Cards

Reply cards are one of the most important pieces of wedding stationery you will send out. In order to properly prepare for your big day your venue, wedding planner, caterer, and other vendors will need a headcount of how many guests you are expecting. Reply cards should be sent out with your invitations with an RSVP deadline 2-4 weeks before your wedding to allow plenty of time to inform your vendors and finalize the details of your ceremony and reception.

Thank You Cards

Your thank you cards are the final piece of wedding stationary you will be sending out. To simplify the process order your thank you cards prior to your wedding so you can start writing them out as gifts arrive. Although it is said that you have one year to send out thank you cards, filling out cards as gifts are received and pre-addressing envelopes will allow you to get your cards out in a timely manner.

 

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