Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Invitation Timelines

So you have the date, the location, and have found the perfect invitations. Many couples are unsure of when to actually send out their invitations to guests so in order to demystify the process, here is a little timeline primer.

6-9 months in advance
  • Order your invitations. However, if you are having custom invitations designed for you, you may want to start even sooner. I often have couples contact me over a year in advance for custom work.
3-6 months in advance
  • Mail out your save the dates. If you are having a destination wedding you may want to mail them even earlier
  • Address your invitation envelopes or send them to your calligrapher. (Many stationers will send you your envelopes early just for this purpose, so don't be afraid to ask)
  • Buy postage. (Contact your stationer about the final invitation weight and make sure you keep track of any postal increases that may occur during your wedding planning)
6-8 weeks in advance
  • Assemble and mail out your invitations.

Finally, here are some tips from Emily Post on the proper way to address and send your invitations.
Of course Martha Stewart has her own tips here.

~Kelly (all images courtesy Paper Stories Letterpress)

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