Sending out your wedding stationery can be a bit confusing. You don't want to send them out too early and have people feel its too soon and you definitely don't want to send them too late and not give your guests enough time to RSVP. Plus you have to work in the time to get it all designed and printed.
I have put together a guide to take one less wedding stress away.
SAVE THE DATES
The first item of stationery to be delivered is your Save the Dates. If you are having Save the Dates you should ideally send them out between 6-8 months. If it is a destination wedding you may want to give people from 10 months so they have time to save up or organise travel.
Save the Dates are very handy for weddings if you haven't quite pinned down all your details but want to let people know the key information.
Your Invitations will then follow this 4 months later if you can. You can leave it to later if you prefer but it is useful to send it earlier if you are selling rooms or need to plan any other details. I would give these out no longer than 3 months before the wedding.
The last bit of stationery is the RSVP. On your invitations you should ask for this to be replied to by 1-2 months before the wedding date.
You need these numbers to confirm your catering, your table plans, your day of stationery etc.
Ordering your stationery.
If you are ordering Bespoke Stationery you need to order this as early as you can. A year before is great as it gives you longer to work with your designer on what suits your day perfectly. If you are ordering pre-made designs remember to add in the time for printing and delivery.
Day OF ITEMS
You will also need to order your Day Of stationery around 3 months before the wedding. You can finalise these items after your RSVPs have been received and you have had your final meetings with the venue and caterers.