Save the Dates
Send out your Save the Dates 6 to 8 months before the wedding so that your guests can mark their calendars. If you want a photo Save the Date, schedule your engagement photos before you place your order. Don’t worry if you haven’t chosen the colors and theme for your wedding stationery suite yet – the Save the Dates don’t have to match. If your wedding website is already set up, include the URL on your Save the Dates. If not, you can add it to your accommodation cards later.
Wedding Stationery Set
Wedding invitations traditionally go out 6 to 8 weeks before the wedding, For a destination wedding or guests coming from overseas, the invitations should be mailed out even a little earlier to insure you guests have enough time to make travel arrangements and hotel reservations.
The wedding stationery suite typically includes:
- Wedding invitation (5X7) – Contains the basic information – who, when, and where
- Response card (5 X 3.5) and a 4 BAR envelope – The card the guest fills in and mails back to RSVP. It often includes meal choice and names of guests. Return address can be printed on the envelopes.
- Accommodation card (Optional) – Contains details not included on the invitation, such as hotel information, reception details, dress code, and wedding website address
- Small enclosure insert – Traditionally serves as an invitation to the reception and contains additional details such as the dress code and parking information. This information can also be out on a accommodation card.
- Envelope liner and wrappers – Add elegance and a splash of color to your wedding stationery set
- Thank you cards – Matching thank you cards can be ordered at the same time as the invitations. We can also make a wedding photo into a thank you card.
Order your invitations, RSVP cards, envelopes, and accommodation cards at the same time.
Here’s how to determine when to mail out the wedding invitations:
- Ask when your caterer needs a final guest count. Give yourself one week before that to contact anyone who hasn’t responded and get a final answer.
- Count back 5-6 weeks from that date. That is when your invitations will be mailed out. Allowing for a few days in the mail, your guests will have 4 weeks to respond with an RSVP.
Invitations should be addressed to each guest you are inviting, and you need time to put the invitations together. Order your invitations to allow at least a week of preparation for a small wedding, longer for a large guest list.
Remember to weigh the envelopes and put the correct amount of postage on them.
Before you order your wedding invitations, gather the following information:
- Full names of the bride and groom, and names of the parents or wedding hosts
- Date, time, and year
- Location with full address
- Number of guests
- Wedding website address
- Accommodation information if you have reserved a block of rooms, or suggested hotels near the wedding venue
- Dress code or theme (black-tie, casual, theme colors)
- Activities if you plan an after-party, dancing, or a dinner the night before
The main invitation should include the basic information. The wording on your wedding invitation can be customized according to your preferences.
The dress code and wedding website URL can go on the accommodation card. You might want to include a separate invitation to an after-party or rehearsal dinner.
Order 10 extra invitations and some extra envelopes in case you make a mistake on an address, or need to add last-minute guests. Save one or two for your wedding album and Please give a extra set to your photographer for details shot on the morning of your wedding.
Thank You Cards
All thank you cards should go out within 3 months of the wedding. Write thank you cards right away for gifts you receive before the wedding.
Order plenty of thank you cards. Thank you cards are written to guests who gave wedding gifts and cash, wedding attendants, and anyone who helped with your wedding.
Bridal Shower Invitations and Bachelorette Party Invitations
If you would like your party invitations to match your wedding stationery suite, coordinate with the friend or family member who is planning your bridal shower or bachelorette party.