Stationery 101, Volume 25: When to Order Wedding Invitations
Photo from Justin and Mary Weddings
If there is one thing I've learned about weddings, is that everything ends up taking a lot longer, and costing a lot more, than you originally plan for. I had a three-year engagement, and I STILL felt like there was just too much to do, and never enough time or money. Sigh.
While mailing out your wedding invitations is often one of the very last steps in your planning process, ORDERING them needs to happen long before they're actually mailed out. Keep in mind that invitations need to be mailed to your guests 2-3 months before your wedding day, and the design and print process can be an additional 3-4 months. To be ensure you have plenty of time, plan on booking your stationer about 6 months before your wedding day.
To make things a little easier, here is a pretty little way to figure out when you need to start ordering invitations, based on the month of your wedding: