Want to know when to send your save the dates and invitations? Then our handy wedding stationery timeline is a must-read!

Right away: Put together your guest list – and don’t be tempted to start inviting people before you’ve worked out the final cut! Start chasing up addresses too, as it takes a surprisingly long time.

12 months: Send out save the dates. Whether you go for a classic card, quirky beer mats or a simple email, spread the word so guests don’t get booked up.

6-8 months: Work out what you’re doing with your stationery and design or order it. If you’re going bespoke, expect stationery companies to ask for up to three months’ turnaround time, and leave as much time as humanly possible if you’re making stationery yourself!

2-3 months: Get your invites in the post (checking that they don’t need extra postage first!). Include a deadline for RSVPs, but make sure you have time to chase up stragglers.

6 weeks: Put all your RSVPs into a giant spreadsheet with columns for menu preferences and other details (such as song requests) that you’ve asked guests for.

4 weeks: Print your orders of service, table numbers, name cards, table plans and menus printed – it sounds late, but you probably won’t have confirmed final numbers, table arrangements and menu details until this point.

2 weeks: Buy a card for your husband to be to open on the morning of the wedding (we like this one by Slice of Pie Designs).

After the wedding: Send guests thank you cards. You can order great personalised postcards made using photos from your day at moo.com, and it’s a nice touch to send guests a photo or two from the day that they appear in.

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