Save the dates timing
Typically Save the Date cards/postcards are mailed out six to nine months in advance of your big day. Six to nine months is especially ideal for destination weddings. Your save the dates can be fancy, fun, funky, formal. It’s your choice what style to choose, so make it yours.
Wedding invitation timing
Your guests will appreciate receiving a wedding invitation six to eight weeks before the wedding (we are partial to the eight-week option). It will give them time to get ready for your day and make the necessary work and travel arrangements. Paper suites can take anywhere from one to six weeks (after proof approval) to be completed.
What do you like?
Come with an open mind, but share with us your vision and wedding stationery budget for your big day. Do you want to incorporate your wedding colors in your suite, or do you want your paper clean and simple? What type of ceremony and reception are you having? What are you looking for in your paper suite? Ask yourself, are you a “ribbon” girl? A “letterpress” girl? Are layers and pockets eye-catching for you? We have many samples from past clients to show you in our boutique.
The full package
During the consultation, let us know all of your paper needs. Can we help you with Save the Dates? How about programs and menu cards? Cute favor boxes or groomsmen gifts? And don’t forget the necessary thank you notes that will show your guests how grateful you are for their thoughtful gifts.
Remember everyone on your invitation list doesn’t need an invitation. Chances are there are singles, couples and families on your list, so that will affect your invitation count. Think households and not individuals.
We advise our brides to make the RSVP date on their response card/postcard four to six weeks prior to the big day.
Don’t assume your invitation set will just need a basic stamp. Before you purchase the pretty wedding stamps, take a completely assembled invitation set to your local post office to be weighed. Another note: square invitations will require a surcharge from the post office. And, any item that weighs more than one ounce typically calls for extra postage.
Thank you notes
We love paper (obviously), so we encourage all of our brides to order personalized thank you notes. Thank your guests for their gifts by sending them a HANDWRITTEN note no later than four to eight weeks after your wedding. You can tackle a few every evening so it’s not so overwhelming for you and your new spouse. Remember: it’s not polite to accept a wedding gift without thanking the giver properly.