Now that your engagement has been announced to family and friends, are you planning to pop some bubbly and celebrate? Invitations for your engagement party do not have to match the vision you plan for your wedding; these invitations can be simple, fun and speak to where you are in this moment, here today. Your engagement party can be a lavish affair held at a pretty venue or it can be a small intimate gathering of close family and friends at a fancy restaurant or inside the coziness of your home. Despite the scale, this celebration can be planned and take place as early as you'd like! Find invitations for your engagement party celebration here!
You'll find the pace of your wedding planning will begin to kick into high gear once you begin to visit ceremony locations, potential wedding venues and have officially booked your wedding date. Not long after, appointments will schedule fast as you’ll meet with a variety of vendors (Photography/Videography, Florist, Entertainment, Rentals if needed and more) to lockdown your absolute favorite and ensure that their day is spent with you, at your wedding.
Throughout these (what can feel to be) endless layers of your planning, you’ll also need to be mindful of your stationery and when to begin that process as well. Though it’s never too early to peruse through stationery and inspirations to see which designs and styles most appeal to you and will be a perfect fit for your wedding day vision, here is a helpful timeline to better help you plan and prepare for your stationery adventure:
8 Months to 1 Year Away
Though 6 months is considered an acceptable amount of time, it is important to also consider that the actual mailing of your wedding invitations will be soon to follow. Sending save the dates less than 6 months prior your wedding day may not be very beneficial, don’t wait too long.
6 Months Away
During this time of your planning, the overall vision in mind for your wedding day should also be taking its shape now, making your invitation search that much easier as you’ll have a better idea of what to look for. Also, with the guest list now being close to final, you’ll know how many invitations to order which can only help with getting you more accurate pricing while shopping around from place to place.
When you’re looking for the perfect invitation ensemble to fit your wedding vision, it's always a great idea to prepare a little first by having a pretty clear understanding of what information your guests will actually need to know so they too can plan accordingly. Some preparations should be finalized before actually placing your invitation order, which will only make life easier when trying to organize all of the wording throughout the invitation’s contents. The stationery process shouldn’t be left for the very last minute or too close to your ideal mailing date. Six months in advance will give you a more relaxed experience and is the recommended time to really begin working on the invitation process.
4 Months Away
It’s that time to place your wedding invitation order, are you ready? Your invitation will be key to setting the tone, giving your guests that very first exciting glimpse into your special day. A wedding invitation should reflect the couple, their wedding style and decor whether it by the usage of only color, more theme specific such as beach/nautical or just purely simple but elegant. Four months out from your wedding date may seem like enough time to get everything together but the reality is, it’s technically two months as your RSVP date should be roughly around 1 month prior to the date of your Wedding. Read more about stationery etiquette and FAQ.
1-2 Months Away
Coordinating your invitation design with day-of or ceremony and reception stationery items is an excellent way to tie your wedding style and décor together, ensuring a proper vision flow throughout your most special day.
These last two months of your wedding planning will move super quick now as you’ll find yourself keeping busy with trying to wrap up the last bit of details. While you patiently await for guests rsvps to start rolling in, flooding your mailbox the time is still ticking and you will need to keep it moving! Though exact quantities needed for day-of stationery items may be too uncertain to estimate right now, it’s still not a bad idea to at least begin creating a list of the items you will need, see pricing and begin working on the verbiage for those items so it’s ready ahead of time.
Day-of Ceremony & Reception Stationery items can include:
- Ceremony Programs and Signage
- Designed Cocktail Napkins or Drink Coasters
- Signature Drinks Cards
- Escort Cards, Seating Cards, Place Cards or an Alphabetical Seating Chart (basically all different forms of letting guests know where they’ll be seated for the reception)
- Table Number (or name) Cards
- Menu Cards (can be one per plate-setting or one/two per table)
- Signage (for candy and other types of buffets. Can also be a framed poem/ quote, guest book, mention of favors or a photo booth)
- Favor Tags, Labels or “in lieu of” Donation cards
- And any other creative ideas (we offer custom design creation)
Orders for your day of stationery should be placed around the 1-month mark prior to your wedding day and is not recommended to really be any later than that. It’s important to keep in mind the required production/turnaround and delivery time of these items along with your “need by” date as most wedding venues request a drop-off of all items to be anywhere from as early as 1-week to two days prior to the day of your wedding.
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