1. Save the Date
You should send save the dates 6 months prior to your wedding. (Up to eight months for a destination wedding or largely international guest list.) A save the date can be as simple as a postcard or magnet and is a good time to introduce your wedding website.
2. Get Inspired
This is the really fun part! Check out Pinterest for amazing inspiration from wedding industry pros and fellow brides alike. Then create your own boards to help you develop your unique wedding vision.
3. Set the Tone
Your invitations are a sneak peek at your big day, and present a great opportunity to announce the style and formality of your wedding. Use colors, fonts and design style to reflect your vision and set the tone for an amazing and unique event.
4. When to Start
Try to leave at least 1 month for the invitation process, particularly if you are considering letterpress printing and/or custom design.
5. When to Mail
Typically, you should mail invitations 6 to 8 weeks before the big day; 10 -12 weeks for destination weddings or if you did not send a save the date.
6. Be Considerate of Your Guests
If your wedding will take place in grass or uneven ground, warn ladies not to wear high heels. If your invitations direct guests to a website for additional information, be sure to to make special considerations for older or technically-challenged guests. Make ’em feel special.
7. Reply By Date
Ask your guests to reply 1 month prior to your wedding. This will give you time to make your final arrangements and enough leeway to manage late responses.
8. Enjoy the process!
Work with a stationer who makes you feel comfortable and shares your excitement about the big day. This should be fun!