The Wedding Stationery Timeline

The Wedding Stationery Timeline

As many of know, planning a wedding is no small feat. It requires time, patience and a clear mind. Things can get overwhelming quickly, and it’s not uncommon for us to come across brides and grooms that have gotten frazzled in the planning process.

One of the tasks that every bridal couple needs to do is get their wedding stationery completed and sent out within a certain time-frame. Here we briefly mention the key stationery items that are involved in a wedding, what they entail, and the timelines associated with them.


‘Save the Dates’ notify guests of your wedding date well in advance, often because  the location of the wedding  requires guests to make travel arrangements beforehand. Typically ‘Save the Dates’ should be sent to guests 6 – 12 months before the wedding, and as a result should be one of the first items of stationery that you order from your stationery supplier. You can get super creative with these – think magnets and calendars!


Next on the list comes the actual wedding invitation. These should go out at least 3 months before the wedding and should include all the necessary information. Remember that designing a wedding invitation can take some time, especially if you have some intricate designs in mind, so  make sure you start speaking to your stationery supplier well in advance of the 3 month mark.


RSVPs should be sent out at the same time as your wedding invitation. You want to make it as easy as possible for the guest to  let you know whether or not they are able to attend, and if they are, what their food preferences are. This could be done by simply ticking boxes on a card and popping it in an addressed and stamped envelope – both of which are provided for the guest. Remember to ask for RSVPs as soon as possible, and at least one month before the wedding.


Although not a must have, ‘thank you’ cards are a lovely touch and really make an impression on your guests. These should go out approximately 2 weeks after the wedding (but can we be ordered at the same time you arrange your invitations).

We hope this helps! If you are planning a wedding, please get in touch with us, and we will happily take you through the whole process.