One of the puzzles we see many couples trying to sort out is when to start thinking about their wedding paper. Your best bet is to start with the wedding date and work backward to figure out when you'll want to make sure things have been stamped and sent. Once you have those nailed down, it's a good idea to add a couple of months to give yourself enough time to find and work with a designer (Printerette!). We've given you our cheat sheet timeline below.
SAVE THE DATES
You'll want to send out Save the Dates 6-8 months before the wedding. They aren't always necessary but a must for destination weddings or weddings that land on or near a holiday weekend. We also recommended them if more that half of your guests will be traveling. They should include basic information: who you are, the city and date of the wedding. The information can be general if you're still early in the planning process.
The biggie. Invitations should be sent 6-8 weeks before the wedding date. This allows enough time for guests to make travel arrangements if they haven't already. They should include full details of wedding venue and time and any information about other activities happening that weekend.
RSVP's & Day Of Paper
It's a good idea to have your RSVP's returned to you 2-3 weeks before the wedding or a week before your caterer needs a final count. You'll always have a few stragglers that you'll need to round up. You can use your final count to determine what you'll need for any day of paper like programs or menus. Keep in mind that every printer is different and it's a good idea to talk about potential day of paper at your initial invitation consult.
Thank You Notes
Do some hand exercises and pop open a bottle of wine you've been given. You'll want to send out the last Thank You within 3 months of the wedding. It's easier to do a few at a time rather than try to knock them all out in one sitting. Handwritten is best and make sure to include a personal touch. Your guests will love it!