Wedding Stationery Tips

When to Send Wedding Invitations

February 23, 2021

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One of the first clients I received from friends, families, and wedding clients alike is about when to send wedding invitations. The answer is, it depends, but typically wedding invitations should be mailed 2-3 months before your wedding day.

Though this 2-3 month target timing is a great starting point to figure out when you need to start the wedding invitation design process, there are more dates and deadlines to consider:

  • Start looking for an invitation designer: ASAP!
  • Order Save the Dates: 1 year prior to your wedding
  • Send Save the Dates: 8-10 months before
  • Order Wedding Invitation Suite: 5 months before
  • Send Wedding Invitation Suite: 2-3 months before
  • Order wedding day paper goods: 3 months before
  • Finalize the guest list for your wedding day paper: 1 month prior

At Tuesday Grace Designs, I create custom Save the Dates and Wedding Invitations inspired by your wedding style, which means the production process is around 2 months long. Keeping that in mind, you should order your Save the Dates 1 year before your wedding and your invitations 5 months before your wedding.

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When to Order & Send your Save the Dates

(2023 Weddings)

Typically, Save the Dates are sent 8 – 10 months before your wedding, and if you’re having a longer engagement, you can send them even sooner!

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When to Order & Send Your Wedding Invitations

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Here are a few tips on when to send wedding invitations. Wedding invitations are usually sent 2-3 months prior to your wedding. I recommend sending them closer to 3 months before, so you have time to follow-up with friends and family for their RSVPs and meal preferences. This means, you should order your wedding invitations 5 months before your wedding.

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When to Order Your Wedding Day Paper & Signs

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When it comes to all of your paper goods and signs for your wedding day (from welcome bag itineraries to dinner menus to seating charts), I recommend ordering them at least 3 months before your wedding.

You should also plan to have your final guest list at least 30 days before your wedding so your stationer can make sure the place cards, seating charts, etc. are created in time!

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Ready to Order Your Wedding Invites & Paper Goods?

I’m here to help you with the next step in your Save the Date and Invitation ordering process. Contact me to get an estimate on your custom or semi-custom wedding paper today!

Post updated on January 13, 2022

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