Congratulations! You’ve set the date and it’s circled with a big red heart on your calendar. I’m sure you’re super excited to start sharing the news and are anxious to send out save the dates and invitations to all your favorite people! Stay on track by using our wedding invitation timeline below to make sure you are doing what you need to do, when you need to do it.
Before you go broadcasting the date to your entire list of friends and family make sure you’ve first secured your venue, set your budget, and nailed down your guest list. Once you send a save the date you cannot take it back so make sure you are only sending save the dates to those who will 100% for sure be invited. You’ll want to send save the dates 8-12 months before the big day.
Once your save the dates are in the mail you’ll want to start thinking about invitations. At this point it can stay pretty casual, simply look on Pinterest and Etsy and save invitations that you love to reference later. When it’s about 6 months (or 6-8 months for destination weddings) before the wedding it’s time to look at what you’ve saved and start reaching out to designers to get more information regarding price, process, and turnaround times.
This step is so important because each and every designer has their own process, workflow and turnaround that all revolves around their production schedule, the type of print method they use and how much assembly is involved with your order. Knowing when the best time to start the process with your chosen designer will ensure adequate time and help you avoid unnecessary rush fees.
Typically, you’ll find designers will want you to place your order about 4 months (or 6-8 months for destination weddings) prior to your wedding day. You’ll want to allow enough time for production so they are in hand ready to be signed, sealed, and delivered to guests 6-8 weeks (or 3-4 months for destination weddings) prior to the wedding. You’ll need to allow at least 1 month from mailing to when you expect RSVP Cards returned back, which generally falls about 3 weeks (1-2 months for destination weddings) prior to the wedding.
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