What are Save the Date's and when do I order them / send them out?
Save the dates are sent out before invitations to let people know your wedding date. They are especially useful for those guests who need time to book time off / make travel and accommodation, or childcae arrangements.
When to send them? Normally sent out at least a year before, they are a nice option to let guests know some first details until you are ready to send out invitations. If your wedding is 9 months or less away then I would always advise going straight to invitations. If you are further out from the big day and you have guests asking already for information, or you know there are
When do I send out my wedding Invitations?
We recommend sending your day and evening wedding invitations apx 5months+ months before your wedding, although couples sometimes send them up to around 10months before.
You should then set the RSVP date for around 6+ weeks after sending them. Often your venue will have a date around 2 months before when you need to confirm numbers, so it’s worth checking this day and allowing yourself an extra couple of weeks to chase up any late repliers.
When should I order Invitations
Our ideal timeline is that you get in touch with us around 2 months before you want to send your invites out, to allow plenty of time for designing and then doing a set of changes, and it gives us a nice window of time to make them for you.
If you don't have this much time we can usually fit you in but please check with us in advance if you need them urgently and we'll confirm timescales for you.
What information goes in my invitations
Your wedding invitations should contain everything that your guests need to know about your wedding.
The most important parts are the main details, when, where and who is invited and an R.S.V.P. card / R.S.V.P. details. Often included is accommodation recommendations and details of your gift list and any important details about the day, parking, timings, the dress code.
We can also include a wedding timeline and a link to your wedding website or a wedding photo app (if you have one).
When do I order my reception stationery?
Order of service
If you are having a church service and require an order of service booklet, this is generally the first reception item we start work on, ideally a few months before your wedding and at least 2 months before if possible. You will need a copy of your finalised wedding service from your priest / vicar in the form of a word document that can be sent to me on email. I will then set up the artwork in your chosen design and create digital proofs that you can check. These are also sent to your Priest / Vicar as they usually like to see the design in full before it is sent to print and we like to allow enough time for amendments to be made if required.
Table plans and table stationery
We can start setting up the designs for the reception stationery once you have your guest numbers almost ready and know how many tables you will be having and what they will be called. We will set up first proofs to get the design finalised and then we can wait till 3-4 weeks before to ensure there are no final guest changes and we can go to print.
Signs & other reception stationery
Any signs and stationery where there won’t be any potential changes (dependant on guests etc) we can create at any point and if you have something in mind then we would advise getting in touch as soon as you are ready then we can get it produced and with you early so it’s ticked off your list. If there is anything you are interested in that isn’t yet on the website, please get in touch.
I'm getting married at Woodlands Hotel and have stationery included in my package.
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for all the details and a link to view the designs available to you.
WELCOME & CONGRATULATIONS
If you are getting married at Woodlands in Leeds, and you have stationery included in your wedding package, then I will be the supplier that provides this for you. I will contact you about 2 months before your big day and send you all the information you will need, including a link to view the portfolio of designs that you can choose from. The designs cover a range of styles from very simple and classic themes, to more themed or contemporary styles. Most designs can be changed colour wise to match the vision you have for your big day. Bespoke designs are available, a small artwork charge may apply. Please get in touch for more information.
HOW TO ARRANGE YOUR PACKAGE STATIONERY
Once you have viewed the portfolio and chosen your design, you can place your order online. Your order will come through to me and I will then proceed to set up your proofs in your chosen colours and design with any specific upgrades / notes implemented. You will be sent an excel document to complete and return with all your table name and guest name information.
Proofs will be sent to you via email and any changes can then be made before we proceed to print. Final sign off of your reception stationery we aim to have by 3 weeks before the big day.
INVITATIONS / CO-ORDINATING ITEMS & UPGRADES
Save the Dates / Invitations - If you would like us to create your wedding invitations then please order them through the website or get in touch with us directly to arrange this. Any invitation design picked from the website we will follow through to your package stationery so that everything is co-ordinated
Reception Stationery - You have the option to upgrade some or all of your reception package items, larger table plans, embellishmed menu's etc. Details of this will be sent on the link we email you. We can also create matching welcome signs, guestbooks, order of service and much more. Please get in touch for details.
I have a question, I need more information.
We are more than happy to help with any enquiries and questions you may have, no question is too small.
Please check the design guide for information about invitation styles and customisation.
Email us at email@example.com or fill in the form on our contact page for any more information, we're happy to help.