Wedding Stationery Timeline

Wedding planning can be a little testing, particularly trying to remember everything you have to do and when you need to do it! Here's a quick whistle stop tour of how your stationery timeline might look. Remember, attention to detail and cohesive design elements will help create an unforgettable celebration that leaves a lasting impression on your guests.
Please note: My standard turnaround time is 3-4 weeks, but this can go up to 6 weeks during peak times. My illustrations are hand-painted, so to avoid disappointment, please get your stationery booked in, in plenty of time!

12 months before your wedding

Wedding Stationery Planning: 12 months to go

12 months before your big day, you will probably have your wedding venue and date confirmed. You can then work on your guest list and final guest numbers. With your stationer, you should discuss your requirements, get a quote and project proposal and order any samples you'd like to see.

  • Order stationery samples
  • Get a stationery quote
  • Discuss any custom illustrations / design work and I will advise of lead times and when to get things booked in
  • Choose colour scheme or theme

wedding stationery 9 months before wedding

Wedding Stationery Planning: 9 months to go

Confirm your stationery package and get the mundane bits of 'wedmin' out the way such as paying deposits, signing contracts and providing information. This is a great time to start gathering you guest's addresses for the envelopes too! You can now send out your 'save the dates' if you're having them, and I will start working on your main invitations in the background.

  • Send out 'Save the Dates'
  • Create your wedding website
  • Start gathering guest addresses for the envelopes

wedding stationery 3-6 months before wedding

Wedding Stationery Planning: 3-6 months to go

Time for the proofing and printing process! Once I have created your illustrations and designed your stationery, you will receive digital proofs to approve before the items are printed. Once approved, I will print, assemble and ship your items to you so you can get them out to your guests.

  • You receive your invitation proofs
  • I make any design amendments required
  • I print, assemble and ship your invitations to you
  • Send your invitations out to your guests!

wedding stationery 3 months before wedding

Wedding Stationery Planning: 3 months to go

Time to start thinking about your 'on the day' stationery... If you have only ordered invitations so far, don't panic! I'd love to chat about how I can help your style your day just perfectly and can provide plenty of guidance on creating table plans, order of service booklets, place cards and menus.

  • Start planning 'On the Day' stationery, request first drafts and mockups
  • Menu tastings and finalise your wedding menu with the venue
  • Organise favours and gift bags
  • Write your vows
  • Choose hymns and readings for your ceremony and start planning your order of service
  • Order any invitations for pre-wedding events such as hen parties or rehearsal dinners

wedding stationery 1 month before wedding

Wedding Stationery Planning: 1 month to go

Finalise any outstanding details that may affect your menus, table plans and ceremony booklets. Once I have all the information I need, I'll put together your proofs. Once approved, I will print and assemble your items to be delivered in the weeks prior to your wedding.

  • Finalise table plan, place cards, menus, order of service etc.
  • Receive final proofs for your 'on the day' stationery
  • I print and ship your day stationery
  • Then all that's left is to enjoy your wedding day...