When Should I Order My Wedding Invitations?

Congratulations!!! You’ve got to the best part of planning your wedding – ordering your iiiiiiinvitaaaaatioooonns!!! ;oP

You can tell I’m excited right?

I bet you’ve got lots and lots of questions around your Wedding Invitations (how many do I need? what are those ‘insert things’ I need? how much do they cost? when should I order them?) and if you haven’t – trust me they’ll soon come…

So today, I’ll be answering the question “When should I order my Wedding Invitations?”

I know that planning a Wedding can be stressful enough, so save yourself from further stress and allow yourself enough time to actually enjooooy the process…

So what you’ll need to do first is decide on whether you are going for Ready-to-Order Wedding Invitations (i.e. pre-designed and ready to go) OR whether you’ll go for Bespoke Wedding Invitations aka Custom, Couture or Personalised (i.e. Invitations that are custom designed especially for you).

To be fair, the answer to this question will be based largely on your budget as naturally anything Bespoke or Custom will cost more. (So you’ll need to have a rough idea of your Invitation budget).

Then you need to determine the date that you need your Invitations to be sent out by…

[SIDE NOTE] – AIM TO SEND OUT YOUR WEDDING INVITATIONS 6-8 WEEKS PRIOR TO YOUR WEDDING DAY OR 10-12 WEEKS IF 1. YOU HAVEN’T SENT OUT SAVE THE DATES 2. YOUR WEDDING FALLS ON A SPECIAL DATE SUCH AS VALENTINE’S DAY OR NEW YEAR’S EVE AND 3. IF YOU ARE HOSTING A WEDDING WEEKEND…

IF YOU’RE GETTING MARRIED ABROAD AIM TO SEND SAVE THE DATES OUT 12 MONTHS IN ADVANCE AND YOUR WEDDING INVITATIONS 6-9 MONTHS IN ADVANCE.

So now that you know whether or not you’re going for Ready-to-Order Wedding Invitations or Bespoke Wedding Invitations and you have a date for when you need them sent out… you’re now ready to start looking for and contacting Invitation Designers and honestly THE BEST way to know when to order your Wedding Invitations is to simply ask your favourite 3 companies what their timelines are (as this is bound to be different for each company).

You want a specific answer to the question – “I’m interested in your Ready-to-Order Wedding Invitations, I’ll need to have them in my hands ready for me to address (allowing a week for this) and send out by [Day|Month|Year] when would I need to order them by?”

or

“I’m interested in your Bespoke Wedding Invitations, I’ll need to have them in my hands ready for me to address (allowing a week for this) and send out by [Day|Month|Year] when would I need to start the design process with you?”

I can appreciate that, that may not be quite the clear and concise answer you were looking for, and if you’re more of a visual/ checklist person that needs an actual timeline – don’t worry, I’ve gotcha – if that’s you then click the image below to download my Wedding Stationery Checklist.

Now that you know when you should order your Wedding Invitations, you’ll need to move onto your next set of tasks which are to…

  1. Get a clear vision of the colour scheme or ‘theme’ of your dream day…
  2. Work out how many Invitations you’ll need…
  3. Get a basic understanding of the type of Invitation styles, card stocks and printing methods you like…
  4. Confirm the budget for your Invitations and Stationery…

“The Perfect Wedding Begins With The Perfect Invitation…”

Love, Leonie xx

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