When Should I Order My Wedding Invitations?

August 24, 2017

If you are anything like me, you are a planner! If you are here you’ve probably asked yourself, when should I order my wedding invitations? Well, take a break and stay awhile! I’ve got a lot of great info to share and hope that you will find it useful!

I’ve included this great info graphic from wedding wire of when to book your lovely vendors!

So first things first: Book your venue and wedding planner. These are the most common bookings you will make first. You don’t want anyone else to snag your dream venue on your dream date do you? Don’t wait! April, May, June, September, October, and November are the busiest wedding months from my years of experience in the industry.

Next, you’ll want to book your your photographer, videographer, florist, and caterer. It is not uncommon for a photographer to book weddings a year out. (In case you didn’t know it, I’m a wedding photographer too! www.ashleylaydenphotography.com)

Soon after, you’ll want to book your DJ. Followed by finding your dress, ¬†your Officiant and custom wedding stationer! This is where I come in – I would love the opportunity to design custom wedding invitations for you! Your custom wedding invitations set the stage for your big day and are an important part of bringing your wedding visions to life!

Don’t forget the important details of your bridal party, your rings, your hair and makeup artists, your cake, honeymoon, and so on!

So here’s a little more info about one of my favorite aspects of weddings:

Timeline for your custom wedding stationery!

Save The Date Mailing Timeline:

Save the dates are typically mailed 4-6 months before the wedding. Mailing save-the-dates as far in advance as 9 months is acceptable, especi

ally for destination or international weddings.

Wedding Invitation Mailing Timeline:

Wedding invitations are typically sent out 8 weeks before the wedding. Mailing invitations just 4-6 weeks before the wedding can be acceptable if the guest list is very small, family-only, or mostly local.

Wedding Day Paper Timeline:

Paper goods for the day of the wedding which includes programs, menus, escort cards and/or place cards, signage, favor tags, etc. will need to go to printing about 2-3 weeks before the wedding.

Hopefully this information will help you narrow down your timeline and take a little stress off of your shoulders! I’d be happy to help you in any way that I can!

Let’s chat if you are interested in custom wedding invitations and be sure to check out my photography website: www.ashleylaydenphotography.com and instagram: www.instagram.com/ashleylaydenphoto. I love to do discounts for my brides when you book both wedding photography and custom wedding suites!

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