Whether you’re recently engaged or in the midst of wedding planning, soon you’ll get to shop for wedding stationery! We’re careful to say “stationery” instead of “invitations” because most couples send more than just wedding invitations.
We’ve created this Wedding Stationery Timeline to help you keep track of all the necessary items as well as when to order and send each one. Our timeline is based on an average engagement of one year. You may have more or less time so make adjustments as needed.
Engagement Announcements/Engagement Party Invitations (1 year)
As soon as he pops the question, get these babies out!
Order and Send Save the Dates (9-12 months)
Send save the dates a year or more in advance for destination weddings.
Shop for Wedding Invitations and Order Samples (6 months)
Find your favorite designs and order samples to ensure quality. Also, shop for wedding announcements if you’re choosing to send them. (Learn more here.)
Order Thank You Notes (5 months)
You will want a supply of thank you notes for showers and as gifts come in through the mail prior to the wedding.
Order Wedding Invitations (4 months)
Give yourself time to receive, assemble and address your wedding invitations. (Order your wedding announcements if needed.)
Assemble and Address Wedding Invitations (3 months)
Take your time addressing, and double check your work!
Mail Wedding Invitations (2 months)
The RSVP date on your response cards should be two weeks or more before the wedding date.
Mail Rehearsal Dinner Invitations (1 month)
Be sure to include the time and place for the actual ceremony rehearsal. You can do this as additional wording on the invitation: “If you’re a part of the ceremony, please attend the rehearsal at [place and time].” You can also personalize a reception card to be a rehearsal invitation and send it with the dinner invitations.
Send Wedding Announcements (Wedding Day or Day After)
Get a bridesmaid, groomsman or family member to drop these in the mail for you.
Send Thank You Notes (up to 3 months after)