“Oh shoot, was I supposed to mail these already!?” A brief summary on the timing of mailing your wedding stationery.

If you choose to mail out Save the Date cards, they will be the first thing you post, and can be sent out about six months ahead of your special day. These are especially useful if you’re planning a destination wedding that will require most guests to travel, if you’re planning a summer wedding, or getting married on, or near, a holiday that your guests might be inclined to make early plans for. Make sure everyone knows not to make alternative arrangements!

Wedding invitations are best mailed eight weeks before your wedding. It is OK to send them only six weeks in advance if you’ve previously sent Save the Date cards, because your guests will already be holding that day open on their calendars. If you choose not to send Save the Date cards and your wedding falls on a holiday, on a special day like New Year’s Eve, or you’re marrying abroad, your invitations can be sent as early as twelve weeks in advance.

When ordering wedding stationery, be advised that the production process can take up to four weeks, with an additional week for shipping, so order early to avoid finding yourself in a time crunch.