When should I be sending out my invitations? Should I send out a save-the-date? How far in advance should people rsvp? I have a lot of people ask me these questions so I have put together a basic time line to help people plan. Please keep in mind this timeline is for people getting married in their home town, having a relatively normal size wedding (60 -150 guests). Any couple that is planning a destination wedding, or planning a wedding involving many out-of-towns guests will be planning to send out invitations much sooner (maybe 1 year in advance)!
I estimate most of my invite orders take 3 weeks to turn around. So please take this into account before ordering the invites! This time allows for me to order any custom stock, to design and proof the artwork, and for printing and assembly. *Note any custom outside printing, like foil printing, and letterpress will take an extra week.
I do admit that I like to estimate extra time to the order so that when I hand over finished product a week early it makes the client happy!! I also do rush jobs! There are many times when people need invites faster, and I am able to do rush jobs, however, usually the guest is limited to paper stock I have in-house (we don’t have time to order custom paper).
For most weddings be prepared to mail your invitations out 3-4 months before the wedding. So order the invite 5 months ahead of time (1 month to prepare the invites and organize the addresses) For an RSVP card, make sure you have at least 1 month before the date of the wedding for all rsvp’s This way you have 1 month to organize seating, programs meals and menus you may want for the event. * Note, some wedding vendors will want guest numbers before 1 month, if this is the case, use the vendors due date for the rsvp date.
Most day-of stationery can be organized up to a month before the wedding, or when you have all of your guests rsvps back! Then we can start organizing stationery like: programs, seating charts, menus, place cards, table numbers, signage etc.
I have been designing stationery for a long time, but remember there is no dumb question! If you are confused, or have questions feel free to give me a shout! I will help you as much as I can! Call for an appointment today! 403.984.4552.