Custom Wedding Stationery Timeline!

There are SO many deadlines to remember for your big day, so we want to help take the questioning out of stationery deadlines for you!  Please remember to reach out to your desired designer ASAP once you have a locked in date and venue.   Many stationers book months and months in advance, so we want to make sure that there is enough time to create your dream invitation suite! Below is a timeline to live by when it comes to custom stationery. These are the timelines we go by here at Mon Voir and others may do it differently, so make sure to always reach out in advance and provide your timeline and wedding date in your inquiry!

Save The Dates.  The typical custom design and printing process for save the dates is 6-8 weeks.  You will want to reach out to your stationer about 10-11 months in advance to begin coordinating dates to get started.  If you want your save the dates in hand by July 1st, you will need to begin the design process around May 1st.  Make sense?  If you are having a destination wedding, you will want to mail out your save the dates approximately 8 months in advance, and 6 months in advance for non-destination weddings.  So, if you are having a destination wedding on November 1st , you will want to mail out your save the dates early March.  And for non-destination weddings, early May.  

2 Piece Suite:  A custom main invitation design, reply card design, inner and outer envelope design + printing takes 8-10 weeks.  You want to give yourself, and your designer, enough time needed!  So, if you need your invitations in hand by July 1st, you will need to begin the design process around April 15th.  

3 Piece Suite: A custom main invitation design, reply card design, inner and outer envelope design, information card design + printing takes 10-12 weeks.  If you want to give yourself enough time and you need your invitations in hand by July 1st, you will need to begin the design process around April 1st.

4 Piece Suite: A custom main invitation design, reply card design, map design, information card design, return addressing design for inner and outer envelopes and printing takes 12-14 weeks.  If you want to give yourself enough time and you need your invitations in hand by July 1st, you will need to being the design process around March 15th.

Additional Custom Designs:  A day of item such as a Menu, an Itinerary or Program takes approximately 4-6 weeks to design and print (unless you want all three items! In which case, you will want to begin the design process 4 weeks earlier).  If you need your day of item in hand on July 1st, you will need to begin the designing process around May 15th.  If you are doing all three day of items and you need them in hand by July 1st, you will want to begin the design process around April 15th.

Calligraphy Addressing:  A minimum of 2 weeks is needed to complete calligraphy addressing, however 3 weeks is recommended.  If you need your addressed envelopes in hand by July 1st, you will need to make sure your calligrapher has the final address list around June 7th.

Escort Cards/Place Cards: A minimum of 2 weeks is needed to complete day of escort or place cards, however 3 weeks is recommended.  If you need them in hand by July 1st, you will need to make sure your calligrapher has the final guest list around June 7th.

We hope that this helps to give you a better idea as to when to reach out to your stationer and how long the process takes!  Please also keep in mind that your stationer may be booked farther in advance than you think, so reaching out ASAP will give you a better chance at being able to work with the designer of your choice! It is such an enjoyable process when working with the perfect designer for your style and event and making sure you have plenty of time to sit back and enjoy watching your stationer transform your ideas and vision into beautiful paper!