Wedding Invitation & Stationary 101

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Wedding Invitation & Stationary 101

Kathryn Draney
  1. Create a Pinterest board with different ideas from current trends
  2. Visit the Los Verdes Pinterest for some Invitation Inspiration!
  3. Decide what theme, color scheme, etc. you are going with for your wedding vision
  4. Narrow down your Pinterest ideas that match your wedding vision to bring to your consultation


Consultation: 7-12 months before the wedding

Come prepared with ideas, color scheme, wording, etc.

  • Are you going with formal language?
  • Are you sending Save the Dates?
  • What are some words you could use to describe the overall vibe of your wedding? (Ex. rustic, romantic, glamorous)

Save the Date

Ordered: 7-12 months before

Mailed: 7-12 months before

  • While not a requirement, Save the Dates are a great way to tell your guests the general "where" and "when" even if you don't have all of the details locked down yet. This helps distant relatives to plan for travel and for working friends to plan for time off, as well.

Invitation Suite (invitation, RSVP card, details card)

Ordered: 5-7 months before

Mailed: 2 Months before local weddings / 3-4 months before destination weddings

Make sure to have meal selections for plated meals on the RSVP cards!

Details cards can have directions, the wedding website, registry information, additional wedding events, etc.

  • If you're trying to be environmentally conscious, be mindful of paper space! You might be able to fit details on the back of the invitation and use a wedding website for RSVPs instead of including RSVP cards and details cards as separate paper goods.

Day of Details (escort cards, programs, menus, gift tags, signage, etc.)

Ordered: 2-4 months before, depending on level of detail

  • Order these when you feel you have a good understanding of your head count. You don't want to come up short or have an excess of wasted paper!

Thank You Cards

Ordered: Anytime

Mailed: Up to 3 months after wedding