About Diva Dialogue at Wedding Paper Divas Your Wedding Stationery Timeline Struggling to remember when to send out save the date cards, or exactly how much notice your out-of-town guests need? Instead of slogging through tons of questionable wedding etiquette websites, follow this simple stationery timeline from the wedding stationery experts at Wedding Paper Divas to help simplify your trip down the aisle. Happy wedding planning!
As Soon as You Are Engaged
Celebrate! Send out engagement announcements and engagement party invitations to all of your friends and family members.
Six Months before the Wedding
Send save the date cards as soon as you set the date and decide upon a guest list. Tradition requires at least six months advanced notice for all guests to ensure that they keep your special day reserved for your celebration.
Four Months before the Wedding
Order your wedding invitations. Once you and your beloved decide whether or not to include enclosure cards, such as directions cards, reception cards or response cards, make sure you are also on the same page about the color, font and layout of your favorite wedding invitation design.
If you are unsure about your wedding invitation verse, try using the automated etiquette template on Wedding Paper Divas to see how our experts would layout your text based upon who is hosting your event and the style of your ceremony.
Six to Eight Weeks before the Wedding
Mail your wedding invitations. Make sure to send invitations to all out-of-town guests at least eight weeks before the event. Include an RSVP date on your response cards to encourage guests to reply as soon as possible.
Two to Four Weeks after the Wedding
Send thank you notes to all of your guests. Many couples find it useful to create a list or spreadsheet of guests, their addresses and their gifts to you as you open your gifts. Even if you miss the four weeks window, be sure to send thank you cards at some point—a late thank you is better than no thank you at all!