So you are engaged...that's fantastic news and congratulations! But now the thought of planning the wedding is getting a bit scary and stressful (I've been there). There's so much wedding-related information everywhere and it can get pretty overwhelming. In the next few weeks, I will be looking at practical aspects of planning your wedding stationery such as how to word your invitations, the etiquette of wedding stationery, the timeline, etc.
Today we'll start with the wedding stationery timeline. Following this timeline will ensure you won't run out of time. It will also help you visualise the different aspects of wedding stationery that you need to take into consideration when planning your wedding, which in turn will make the whole experience a little bit less stressful. You can print out our checklist to help you organising your time, or just simply carry on reading this post (I suggest you do both!).
- Start looking at wedding stationery. Create a Pintrest board, visit wedding fairs, buy wedding magazines. This is roughly the time when you'll be booking your venue (or you've already booked it), so you should have a rough idea of what kind of theme you are going for (and therefore what kind of wedding stationery you are after - rustic, sparkly, minimal, etc.)
- Make a shortlist of 3 wedding stationery studios or shops and email them asking for more information about a product. This is not so much about the product itself, but it's more about finding out how good they are at customer service. Did they get back to you promptly? Were they clear with their explanation? Did they seem friendly? You want to feel comfortable and be able to trust your suppliers so test them! Order samples and ask all the questions you need until you feel satisfied.
- Make a list of guests. It doesn't have to be exact at this stage, but it's important that you have an idea of what you will need and how many of each item. This will allow you to ask for more precise quotes from your suppliers (no nasty surprises!). Also, don't forget to start collecting your guests' addresses...it can take longer than you would think!
- Email your chosen stationery supplier for a quote. Most wedding stationery suppliers have priceless on their websites (see ours here). This will allow you to have an rough idea of how much you'll be spending well before you ask for the quote. Nevertheless, asking for an electronic confirmation (via email or as a pdf) of the total amount is always a good idea.
- Order your Save the Dates (they shouldn't take more than 2 weeks to design and print, unless it's a bespoke design) and mail them out.
- Order your invitations and other complementary stationery (RSVP cards, information cards, pocketfolds, order of service, etc.)
- Begin to address and post your invitations. Make sure that you have all of your guests' correct postal address and make it clear whether children are invited too.
- Receive RSVP responses back. There will always be a guest or two who forget to post them back, just give them a phone call to kindly remind them.
- Create a seating plan and start ordering all the 'on the day' items such as placecards, table numbers, table plan, etc.
- Order and send out the Thank You cards.