Woohoo, you're ENGAGED! It's time to get the ball rolling on your wedding to-do list! First things first, you can start shopping for engagement announcements, or if you plan on throwing a party to celebrate - engagement party invitations!
It's a good idea to start looking at save the dates in the first couple weeks after getting engaged. We recommend getting your save the dates out 9-11 months before the wedding date - even earlier if you're planning a destination wedding.
You'll want to get a jump start on your guest list, that way you know the exact number of wedding invitations you'll need to send out. The sooner you have your guest list, the sooner you'll have an idea of how much your invitations will cost.
Now's the time to start gathering ideas for your dream wedding invitations! Make sure to ask for samples to ensure you love the texture, color and layout of your invitation. The more feedback you can provide, the better!
Once you have your guest list finalized, you can provide your stationer with this information and receive an estimate on the cost of your invitations.
This is when you'll need to begin the design process for your invitations. Hopefully by now you've ordered samples and have a good idea of how you'd like your invitations to look. It's important to provide as many details as possible to ensure that your designer can carry out your vision!
It's go time! Now that your invitations have been designed and printed, next up is assembly and addressing. This might be an easy task for simple invitations, but more elaborate invitation suites can take quite some time. If it's in your budget, you have the option of having them assembled for you. If you want to take it up a notch and have your envelopes hand calligraphed, just be sure to communicate this with your stationer to ensure they can be completed and mailed out within your timeline.
If you have additional pieces of wedding stationery that you're interested in having for your ceremony or reception, now is a great time to order day-of items such as escort cards, place cards, table numbers, and more. Keep in mind, if you would like these items hand calligraphed, you'll need to provide atleast 2-3 weeks to have them completed.
Don't forget to send out rehearsal dinner invites to the appropriate guests. This step is often overlooked, but communicating this information to everyone involved will be so helpful for both you and your guests and avoid tons of last minute questions.
If you choose to order wedding announcements, don't forget to ask someone in your wedding party or your family to be in charge of sending your wedding announcements the day of the wedding or the day after.
3-4 MONTHS AFTER "I DO"
Be sure to write your thank you cards while the big day is still fresh in your mind. Within the first 4 months is best and your guests will be so appreciative!
Your friends and family will be so excited to receive your first holiday cards as newlyweds! Plus, this is a great way to share your favorite photos from your wedding day!