"When am I supposed to mail my wedding invitations?" and "When do I need to order my wedding invitations?" are questions we get asked daily here at Tulaloo. Considering your wedding is probably the biggest event you've ever planned, it makes sense to be a bit unsure about details like this. Some general guidelines for your reference:
If you are sending Save the Date cards, plan to mail them 6-12 months ahead of your wedding date. Depending on what sort of save the date cards you order, you should order 2-3 weeks ahead of your mailing date. While Save the Date cards are not a neccesity, we do recommend sending them if you are having a desitination wedding or are getting married on a holiday weekend.
Plan to mail your wedding invitations 6-8 weeks ahead of your wedding date. We are often able to complete small orders in 2 weeks, but we suggest you order wedding invitations at least 4 months prior to the wedding date to allow plenty of time for revisions on the proofs. You should check with your caterer or wedding venue regarding when they need a final head count, but we typically suggest asking your guests to reply 3-4 weeks prior to the wedding date. This allows enough time to take care of seating assignments and follow up with guest who did not rsvp (there is always at least one or two!).
Ceremony and Reception Stationery, such as programs, escort cards and menus should be ordered 4 weeks before the wedding date. Wording for programs and table assignments are often not finalized until late in the wedding planning process and we understand that you will need a quick turnaround on these items. We suggest you order these items 4 weeks ahead of time so that we can gather the appropriate materials and begin preliminary proofs for your order. By having as much prepared ahead of time as possible, we can insert your content as soon as you're ready and get everything through production immediately for you.
If you have any questions about the timing for special event stationery we would love to help you out! Feel free to call, email or simply comment on this post!