Wedding Stationery Calendar

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Imbue You Vintage Map wedding invitation set

I’ll let you in on a secret: I think wedding planning is a little weird.

For me it’s the expectation that normal people with normal jobs that have nothing to do with weddings are expected to become fluent in what to do when and the best way to do it.

I think that’s asking at lot.

So at least for stationery planning, which I do for a living, I’ll try to make it easier for you. I’ve pulled together an ideal calendar of what to do when for your invitations and the rest of your wedding stationery, with some tips and advice along the way.

7 to 8 months before wedding

  • Start shopping for save the dates, or decide to make your own
  • Shop for wedding website and start creating
  • Start pulling together guest list and addresses

Tips and Advice:

What wedding stationery do I need?
What your destination wedding guests need to know


4 to 6 months before wedding

  • Mail save the dates (send as early as possible for destination and holiday weddings)
  • Start shopping for invitations, or decide to make your own

Tips and Advice:

Tips for addressing your invitation envelopes (also applies to save the dates)
Are you making these 3 creativity sucking mistakes when selecting wedding invitations?


3 to 4 months before wedding

  • Purchase wedding invitations, or start making your own

Tip and Advice:

When is the right RSVP by date?
Where do I put reception information?
Alternative wedding invitation wording
Formal wedding invitation wording
Love quotes for wedding stationery


6 to 8 weeks before wedding

  • Mail invitations
  • Start shopping for wedding programs and reception stationery, or decide to create your own

Tips and Advice:

What stationery do I need for my reception?


4 to 5 weeks before wedding

  • RSVPs start coming in
  • Start finalizing numbers for wedding programs and reception stationery
  • Rehearsal dinner invitations are sent out


3 weeks before wedding

  • Finalize wording for menus, programs, signage and other reception stationery
  • Finalize seating plan
  • Purchase or create wedding programs, seating chart, place cards, table numbers and other reception stationery

Tips and Advice:

Sample Wording: What goes in a wedding program?


1 to 3 weeks after wedding

  • Write and mail thank you notes

Tips and Advice:
The stress free guide to writing thank you notes

So take action now. Where are you on this timeline? And how are you doing? If you are a little behind, that’s ok. Use this timeline to get ahead of the next task.

Spread the love. Share this stationery timeline with any couples you know who are getting married. Hopefully it will be a sanity saver.

{Photo: custom wedding stationery by Imbue You}

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