So you have chosen a wedding stationery suite you love, you've customized them, and printed them on gorgeous paper. Now on to the not so easy task of mailing each item at the appropriate time to all of your guests.
Fear not, I have put together an easy guide and free mailing planner that you can download and use to schedule when you send out your wedding invitations.
Your Save the Date will be the first thing you send out to your guests. Save the Dates are not mandatory, but there are a lot of good reasons why you should send them. Mail these to your guests four to six months before your wedding. Eight to nine months ahead if you are having a destination wedding and your guests will need to book travel, accommodation and time off work.
Your formal wedding invitation package will include the wedding invitation, an rsvp card for your guests to fill out and send back to you, a directions card with venue information, and any other information you want to give your guests. This package should be mailed six to eight weeks before your wedding.
Make sure you put a due date on your RSVP. One month before your wedding usually provides a good buffer. Check out my post on RSVP etiquette and wording if you need more help with this.
These will give your guests the warm fuzzies. Everyone loves receiving a thank you card. It's a small gesture with big impact and worth the trouble. As a rule of thumb, if you receive gifts before the wedding, send them a thank you card before the wedding. If you receive gifts on the wedding day, the etiquette is to send a thank you note within three months. If you receive gifts after the wedding, send the thank you card within a few weeks.
Since you are juggling a million and one things, I created this free printable wedding stationery mailing planner so you can schedule when you mail out each piece of your stationery. Then you don't have to stress about when to send things out, or missing a mailing deadline.