Take the guesswork out of wedding invitation planning with this handy Wedding Stationery Guide that was designed to match our Free Printable Wedding Planning Binder Download. This amazing guide includes a timeline tracker and a checklist for all wedding stationery as well as a list of important questions to ask yourself when planning your wedding invitations. DOWNLOAD THE WEDDING STATIONERY GUIDE & MORE WEDDING BINDER PAGES HERE >> See below for the text-based version: Timeline 8 - 10 Months Before: Source inspiration and decide on a style for the stationery suite. (See invite planning questions) 7 - 8 Months Before: Order save-the-dates 6 - 7 Months Before: Send out your save-the-dates 5 - 6 Months Before: Plan invitation wording and finalize all details you want to include 3 - 4 Months Before: Order wedding invitations, reply cards, any enclosure cards, etc. 3 Months Before: Assemble invitations 2 - 3 Months Before: Mail Invitations 1 Month Before: Order day of stationery and thank you cards (place cards, menus, etc.) 2 - 4 Weeks Before: Ensure all reply cards have been collected 1 - 2 Months After: Send out thank you cards to all guests Save-the-Dates Purpose: To ensure that as many of your guests as possible can attend the event and officially announce your wedding. What to include: \tThe date \tNames of couple \tThe general location (state\/province and country) \tNote that a formal invitation will follow. Wedding Invitations 10 questions to ask yourself when planning: \tWhat is your wedding style and color? (rustic, modern, garden-party, etc.) \tAre there any personal values or tastes you want to reflect on your invitations? (sustainability, religious beliefs, heritage, etc.) \tHow formal is the occasion? \tWill there be a dress code? \tWill you have a wedding website? (Websites are a great way to reduce the amount of info you need to include on the invite) \tHow are you collecting RSVPs? \tHave you collected samples of invites that you like? (Give these to your stationer if you are hiring a designer) \tHow are you addressing the envelopes? (calligraphy, labels, printing on envelopes) \tHow many invitations do you need? \tWhat is your budget? (total and per invite) Wedding invitations checklist: Purpose: To provide your guests with everything they need to know to attend the event. What to include: \tYour names (may include parents) \tHost and\/or request lines (Ex: Together with family...invite you to join them as they marry) \tThe date (day, month, and year) \tCeremony time, location and address \tReception time and location (often just a hotel or hall name is used rather than listing another full address.) \tCocktail\/dinner hours (indicate the type of food service) \tDress code if applicable \tRSVP instructions or reply cards with envelope to mail back (stamped and addressed) Optional Extras: \tAccommodation details (Required for destination weddings) \tMap (If difficult to find or if some guests may not be internet savvy enough to use Google) \tEnvelope liner (To dress up invitations) \tBelly band and\/or ribbon \t(To hold pieces together nicely) \tRegistry details or note about presentation Reply Cards Purpose: To collect the replies and menu choices (if applicable) for your wedding. What to include: \tReply by date (a month before is usually ideal) \tLines for those invited to write names \tMenu options - A line or checkboxes to indicate what meals are preferred. \tReturn envelope that is addressed and stamped Envelopes Purpose: To hold, protect, and deliver the wedding invitation and associated pieces. What to include: \tNames of your invited guests. Ex: Jane & John Smith, John Smith & Guest, The Smith Family (If entire household is invited) \tDelivery address \tReturn address \tStamp Thank You Cards Purpose: To show gratitude to your guests for attending your wedding. What to include: \tDear name and\/or relation \tA personalized note that mentions their generosity. (Be specific. Ex: Thank you so much for the amazing wine fridge, we are so excited to finally have one!) \tSignatures of the couple \tA photo from the wedding (Optional) Other Event Stationery You May Need \tPlace cards and\/or escort cards \tMenu cards \tTable numbers \tPrograms \tFavor tags \tCoasters Like what you see on our blog? Join our mailing list to receive emails with freebies, projects, coupons, green living tips and decor ideas and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.