Congratulations on your engagement! Now the fun begins! Your first step is usually setting a headcount and determining a venue. Once you have that information it’s time to finalize your guest list so you can send save the dates! Save the dates let your wedding guests know you’ve set the date and you’d love to have them join! Save the dates are typically sent 6-12 months prior to your wedding day. This is also a great time to consider ordering personalized thank you notes for engagement and shower gifts!
It’s time to start ordering your wedding invitations! Your invitation is the formal invite to all wedding guests, providing the details of your wedding ceremony – time, location, date – as well as your reception. A wedding invitation should reflect your style and lets guests know how formal (or not) your wedding day will be. It’s also a great time to include travel and accommodation details so your guests can start planning their trip. Invitations are typically sent 6-8 weeks before the wedding, or earlier if you're not sending save the dates.
It's time to get started stuffing, stamping, and sealing your invitations! Be sure they are sealed well and try to avoid any rain! Have you determined who will address your invitations? Hand calligraphy is a beautiful touch if your budget allows. We also offer computer calligraphy in colors and fonts to compliment your wedding suite! While it may sound like fun addressing your own invitations, ordering computer calligraphy makes for one less thing on your checklist. We also recommend taking your invitations to the post office to be weighed. Shape, weight and thickness can make a difference when determining what size stamps you need.
It's that time!! Head to the post office with your beautiful invitations and ask for them to be hand cancelled; that way they stay pretty all the way to the hands of your favorite friends and family. Have you started discussing your ceremony details with your officiant? Now is a great time to get started while tallying up your rsvp's.
Are you inviting some very special people to your rehearsal dinner? This is the perfect time to send rehearsal dinner invitations. Don’t forget some more thank you notes since you'll have some gifts rolling in too! With your rsvp's arriving, it’s a good time to start thinking about a seating chart and how you plan to tell your guests where to sit. Escort and place cards? A large seating chart? Need table numbers? A welcome box or basket is such a nice way to greet your guests at their hotels. Have you started thinking about what personal touches you'd like to include? Maybe your favorite candy or something from your fiancé's hometown? This is also a great way to tell them a little about the area and the itinerary for your wedding weekend.
Getting excited yet?! Now for the finishing touches! It's time to finalize your wedding programs, send in your menu items, and consider any custom signage you may need for your ceremony and reception. We want to make sure we have plenty of time to get these items printed and in your hands before your big day.