Let’s face it, sometimes getting your wedding stationery in order can seem like a total nightmare! That’s why we’ve asked stationery experts, Paperless Post, to explain it all and make the whole process as simple as possible! Paperless Post specialise in both paper and online wedding stationery, and offer completely personalised wedding invitations for you to wow your guests with! Let’s hear their expert advice on the what, when and why of wedding stationery.
The early bird gets the best weekend
“We often suggest sending save the dates out online as soon as you have found a venue and settled on a date. Our online save the dates can collect guests’ mailing addresses for your printed invitations with ease. We recommend sending them out 4–6 months before your wedding date to ensure that your guests are available to attend. All that a save the date needs to include is your names, the date, and a city—just enough information for guests to start thinking about travel plans, but not enough to give everything away (especially if the details aren’t totally settled yet).”
Wedding invitations that reflect your personal style
“The official wedding invitation should follow the save the date within a couple of months, about 2–4 months before the wedding, after a majority of the event details are ironed out.
Printed invitations are a beautiful keepsake for guests to remember your wedding by. If you collected mailing addresses with your online save the date too, it’ll be easy to order pre-addressed envelopes for each of your guests! We offer wedding invitations to suit all styles, and our Personal Design Service specialists can order custom artwork based on your venue or vision too. All of our designs are also available to send online with RSVP tracking and messaging features that make keeping track of your guest list simpler than you ever thought possible.”
Hens, I do
“In the months approaching your wedding date, there will be plenty of parties thrown in your honour, most importantly your stag or hen do! The hosts of the event will most likely take care of all the heavy lifting, but we recommend they send out online invitations about one month before each event. All you need to do is relax and enjoy the party.”
Walk the aisle, then wine and dine
“As your wedding date approaches, it’s time to start thinking about on-the-day stationery items like menus and programs that are useful for tying your entire event together. If you didn’t already select a matching set of menus and programs while ordering your wedding invitations, order a pair that complements the colours and feel of the venue. Order them no less than one month before the wedding day to ensure that they arrive with plenty of time to spare.”
Thank you and you and you
“After the wedding has come and gone, it’s time to relax and enjoy life as a newlywed. Don’t worry about writing your thank you notes until after the honeymoon, but do order the stationery beforehand so there are no to-dos looming over you while you holiday. Do yourself an even bigger favour and order pre-addressed envelopes for each guest while you’re at it! As long as you order them some time before you leave for your trip, a pristine box of thank you notes will be waiting for you when you get back.”
Still a bit bamboozled by all the options out there? Then check out our helpful article Wedding Invitations 101 and start finding the perfect wedding invites for your big day!