5 March - Written by Sophie

Wedding Stationery Timeline

First of all, Congratulations on your engagement! Let the wedding planning commence.


There are no set rules for ordering your wedding stationery - every couple is different. But we have put together some tips and advice for ordering all your papery goods for your big day.

before you


plan your guest list

Your venue is booked, your next

step is to determine your guest list

and set your budget.


You don’t need an invitation set for each guest. You can usually send one invite per household or couple.

- Where to start -

Once you have your date and venue booked in you’re ready to start. But first, off you need to plan your guest list. Remember that not everyone needs their own invitation. You can send out your stationery per household or couple rather than per person. That could get pricey! It is also really important to set out a budget for your stationery too.


Depending on your wedding set up, you may need to decide who will be invited to the full day and who will be joining you for the evening reception only.


- Save the dates -

You can send your save the dates out as soon as your venue is booked if you like. The usual timescale is to send them out around 12 months before. However, Save the dates are especially handy if you’re getting married in peak holiday time or are having a destination wedding so you may wish to send them sooner. It means people will have the date in the diary for you early on. Don’t worry if you weren’t planning on sending Save the dates, this is completely up to you and you may wish to go straight for the invites.

- Invites -

You would ideally send out your invites around 5-6 months before your wedding. Your invites will include all the important information your guests need to know about your day. You may choose to have an RSVP card (Remember to include an RSVP date - they’ll always be someone you need to chase to send these back!) or details cards which include details on venues or accommodation options nearby.


Make sure you allow time for designing. In busy periods sometimes your stationery process may take several weeks so always make sure you have plenty of time. Your stationer will try their very best to get your items to you as quickly as possible however printing and finishing touches can't be rushed.


TIP: If you have gone for extra finishes such as ribbon or wax seals which might bulk out your envelopes, we would always recommend taking your stationery into the post office to be weighed. You don't want your guests to have to pay to collect the invite from the delivery office because you haven't paid enough postage. Oops!

2-3 months


plan and order your on the day items

3-6 weeks


plan and order your thank you cards

12 months


send out save the dates

6-8 months


set your rsvp date and order invites

5-6 months


send out your invitations

- On the day items -

Your wedding stationery doesn’t stop with your invites. There is

a range of items you may want for on the day. From menus, place cards to table plans, and order of service signs. It’s best to start planning these about 2 months before even if you do not finalise the print until nearer the time and you are sure your guest list will no longer change.


- Thank you cards -

Congratulations. You've had your big day and now you need to say thank you to all your lovely guests and suppliers who helped you celebrate. Your stationer can help create personalised cards. We love the ones that incorporate your favorite image from the day.