Invitations set the tone for your wedding, giving your guests the very first impression of your wedding day. Stationers have the expertise to help with design ideas, paper selection, printing techniques, wording, and suggestions for other coordinating paper goods. Ordering all paper goods up front can help save you money, so be sure to consider save-the-dates, programs, menus, place cards, signs, and thank you notes. See our full checklist for all your paper goods - HERE.

WHAT TO KNOW

  • Date & times 
  • Ceremony & reception addresses 
  • Directions 
  • Hotel accommodations 
  • Meal choices (if applicable)
  • Hosts (parents, couple, combination) 
  • Do you want templated styles or custom design? 
  • Special graphics, custom artwork, personalized wording; if desired 
  • Ideas, mood board, color palette 
  • Quantity needed (Number of guests does not equal number of invitations, as couples and families are counted as one.) 
  • How much postage will be needed? (Depends on the size of envelope or other packaging, and don't forget return postage on rsvp card.) 
  • Who will assemble & address the envelopes?
  • Are calligraphy services desired? 
  • How will you keep track of RSVPs?

TIMING 

9-12 MONTHS BEFORE: Begin save the date design concept and compile guests' addresses. 

8-11 MONTHS BEFORE: Mail save the dates. 

5-6 MONTHS BEFORE: Meet the stationer to determine style and color options, place order, and begin proofing process. 

3 MONTHS BEFORE: Address wedding invitations. 

8 WEEKS BEFORE: Mail invitations so people have enough time to make travel arrangements and plan their schedules accordingly, particularly during a busy summer season. 

6-8 WEEKS BEFORE: Decide on programs, menus, escort cards, favors, and any other signage or day-of accessories. 

3-4 WEEKS BEFORE: Finalize orders for programs and day-of wedding accessories. 

AFTER THE WEDDING: Send thank you cards in a timely manner, giving special thanks to those who were special attendants and for those who traveled to celebrate your day.

Find our full vendor gallery of local Madison and Wisconsin Dells wedding stationers and invitations HERE: https://www.wedplan.com/vendors/invitations/