As promised we are back with more from Claudia at Fig. 2 Design.  This time, she is sharing with us the ultimate wedding stationery time line.  After all, what good are pretty invitations that are late in inviting people to your celebration?  Take it away, Claudia:


Photo courtesy of Fig. 2 Design

One of the questions I get asked the most from couples is when do I need to send things by?  Below are a few helpful tips, but if you are ordering custom invitations, give yourself extra time to work with your stationery designer.  There will be lots of back and forth with custom work.  If you are ordering from an existing collection, the timelines below should be pretty standard.  Take into consideration that most stationery printing and production time calls for about 10 business day, and you’ll still have to address and stuff your envelopes.

Save The Date:
A good rule of thumb is to order your save the date cards as soon as you have secured your venue and the date – this goes for local as well as destination weddings.  Typically, they should be sent out six months in advance for local weddings and eight months in advance for destination weddings.

We recommend sending your wedding invitations 6-8 weeks prior to your wedding date if it will be a local event.  For destination weddings, 8-10 weeks is a good rule of thumb.

Many couples take advantage of holidays or long weekends such as 4th of July or Columbus Day weekend.  In these cases, we recommend sending invitations out 10-12 weeks prior to the wedding, if it is a destination or local wedding.  These tend to be popular weekends for weddings, and for people in general taking advantage of an extra day off, so hotels book quickly.  Be sure you give your guests several hotel options in this case!

Day of Paper Goods:
Many couples take advantage of lower printing costs by ordering various pieces at once.  [Read Claudia’s other post on how to save money on wedding invitations.]  Ordering program books, thank you notes, escort cards, menus, and table numbers at the same time is a good idea.  However, a lot of these details aren’t finalized until a couple of weeks before the big day.  But, you can get a head start by ordering your pieces in advance and filling in many of the blanks.  Then when all is finalized, send your details over to the designer and together you can turn things around quickly.

Thank you so much Claudia! Be sure to check out more from Fig 2 Designs on her blog or website.

Looking for more invitations for your DC area wedding?  Check out our vendor guide here.

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