Wedding Stationery Timeline: When to Order & Mail Your Stationery

Use this timeline to learn when to order and mail Wedding Invitations, Save the Dates, and other timely Wedding Stationery essentials.

1. Save-the-Date Cards

  • Typically, save-the-date cards are sent out six to nine months before the wedding date.
  • Schedule your engagement photos accordingly, if you plan on sending a photo save-the-date card.
  • Save-the-date cards do not have to match your wedding invitation suite! Get creative, mix it up and have fun with the cards!

2. Wedding Invitations

  • Wedding invitations are typically mailed around two months before the wedding date.
  • It’s recommended to place orders for wedding invitations three to five months before the wedding day.
  • Think about how much time you will need to address your invitations, especially if you plan on adding calligraphy.
  • It’s very important to know how many guests will be attending your wedding, so make sure to leave enough time to get back those RSVP cards early.
  • A standard rule of thumb is to order 10% more extra envelopes than you think you may need. This will come in handy if your calligrapher accidentally makes a mistake while addressing the invitations.
  • Save a few extra invitations to keep as mementos for yourself and close relatives.

3. Menus, programs, place cards, and table numbers etc.

  • It’s highly recommended to place your order one month prior to the wedding day.

4. Thank You Cards

  • Send thank-you cards within two weeks for gifts that are received before the wedding day.
  • Send thank-you cards within four weeks of  gifts received at the wedding or post-wedding day. Do not go past three months!

5. Engagement party, bridal shower and bachelorette party invitations

  • Send out invitations one month before each event.

6. Rehearsal dinner and day-after brunch invitations

  • Send one month before the wedding day or along with the wedding invitation.

7. Wedding Announcements

  • Send out wedding announcements on the wedding day or the day after.

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