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WHEN SHOULD I POST MY WEDDING INVITATIONS?



When planning to post your Save the Date cards and Wedding Invitations, there are a few things to consider that will be specific to your plans for your wedding day.


  • Are your guests travelling a long distance, requiring them to book travel and accommodation?

  • Is your wedding on a popular date in high wedding season, or on a bank holiday?

  • When will your venue or caterer require confirmed guest numbers and dietary requirements?

  • When will the details and timings of your wedding be finalised, for you to share with your guests?


A digitally printed RSVP card from a bespoke wedding invitation suite. Printed in sage green ink on white card, with calligraphy and floral illustrations

Bespoke digitally printed RSVP card with calligraphy and floral illustrations


WORK BACKWARDS TO PLAN YOUR WEDDING STATIONERY TIMELINE

A helpful way to approach your wedding stationery timeline is to work backwards from your wedding date. Considering the date by which you need to confirm guest numbers will inform your chosen RSVP date. To ensure swift responses from you guests, keep your deadline short as RSVPs can get forgotten if you allow too long for your guests to respond. You may choose to allow an even shorter window of time for responses if you are gathering RSVPs through a wedding website, or by email.


Bespoke Hot foil printed Save the Date Cards with calligraphy and wedding venue illustration

Bespoke Hot foil printed Save the Date Cards with calligraphy and wedding venue illustration


SEND SAVE THE DATE CARDS

To ensure that your guests know your wedding date with plenty of time to spare ahead of your celebrations, you may choose to send a Save the Date card when your wedding date and wedding venue have been confirmed. This will take the pressure off your decision making and allow you plenty of time to finalise your finer details before finalising and sending your wedding invitations.


Honesty Collection Wedding Invitation Suite, with Letterpress Printed Wedding Invitation and Hot Foil Printed Save the Date card

Honesty Collection Wedding Invitation Suite, with Letterpress Printed Wedding Invitation and Hot Foil Printed Save the Date card


SPEAK TO YOUR WEDDING STATIONER

When you have established your ideal timeline for posting your stationery, have a conversation with your stationer to ensure that they have capacity for your design work when you need to work with them. Your stationer will be able to advise you on the amount of time required for the design, printing, and production of your wedding stationery. Bear in mind that some processes and finishing touches such as letterpress printing, hot foil printing and calligraphy require a longer lead time than digital printing. Read more about the different printing processes here.

These pointers should provide a helpful starting point when you begin thinking about your wedding stationery timeline, but remember that every couple, wedding, and wedding day will be different, so don’t be afraid to follow your own schedule.

Get in touch at ellie@eracalligraphy.com with any questions that you have about your wedding stationery timeline.




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