Congratulations! You’re getting married! No doubt, you’re already waist-deep in the waters of wedding planning. As you organize the time ahead between now and the aisle, here’s a quick primer on the rough timeline of paper-related items.
As soon as you’re engaged and have a date circled on the calendar, you get the green light on sending save the dates, if you choose to do so.
Once you’ve got that date finalized, subtract 6-8 weeks. You’ll want to aim to send your invitations out around this time. If you opt to send a save the date, sending out your invite suite just six weeks prior to your wedding date is plenty of time. If not, best to give your guests as much as notice as possible so they can make plans to attend!
Now, the fun begins! If you haven’t already, start a pinterest board of inspiration. Pin a mix of colors, fonts, and general aesthetics that you love. Perhaps take some time to think about about three words that sum up your vision, and what you want your wedding to reflect to your guests. Post those words on your computer screen or in your planner as you make decisions about your big day. This will help to bring cohesion to the elements, but more than that, to remind you what you’ll choose to value about your wedding.
Start reaching out to designers, printers, and calligraphers at this point. Find out early on what their deadlines will be to get your invitations to you. The design process + printing can take often take longer than you think (especially for bespoke suites) so be mindful of this early on!
Once you’ve made your paper plan, decide if you want your envelopes hand-lettered. If so, reach out and start making plans for when you can have your envelopes delivered and guest list finalized.
About a month or so out from your wedding, you can begin to think about day-of materials. This can include place cards, seating charts, ceremony programs, and any other signage you might want for your reception. Some of the details (like names) can come together quite last minute, but have a plan in place so that filling in the blanks closer to your wedding date can be a smooth process.
Make sure to have plenty of thank you notes on hand for showers and post-wedding. Think about asking your stationer to design something in keeping with your wedding theme.
At the end of the day, wedding paper is meant to communicate to your guests about the details of your day. You want to get them in hands so that those you love and treasure will be there to celebrate with you. The details are fun (and sometimes quite involved), but remembering the bottom line should help you meet your deadlines. Enjoy the process, remember the big picture, but delight in the small things!