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HOW SOON TO GET IN TOUCH FOR WEDDING STATIONERY?

One of the most asked questions I receive is couples asking when they should get in touch to order their wedding stationery. Ideally, the earlier the better!


As you know, wedding suppliers get up months or even years in advance, so if you have a particular supplier in mind, enquire as soon as possible and secure your date in their diary. This goes for stationery too, as a supplier having to turn away work because you’re fully booked for a particular date, is never easy. Usually my couples tend to enquire when they’ve booked their wedding venue, have their date secured and an idea of requirements.


When considering your wedding stationery as part of your wedding planning, I have two different options as a starting point. The first option is to select one of the designs from my curated collection of designs on the LouPaper website. All of the collections can be customised to the colours of your choice and there are different print finishes available. The design process for a design from the collection typically takes 4- 6 weeks.


The Olivia stationery collection combines angled edges, modern calligraphy and a pink colour palette which can be customised to another colour, to add foil or change the paper type.

Wedding stationery collection with angled edges, modern calligraphy and a pink colour palette

Holly Booth Studio


Or the Eloise wedding stationery collection which combines rose gold foil with modern calligraphy and wax seals as a finishing touch.

Wedding stationery collection with rose gold foil, modern calligraphy and wax seals.

Holly Booth Studio


There are lots of other finishing touches you can add to your wedding stationery too, including a venue illustration, envelope liners and initial monograms. To find out more have a browse here.


The second option for wedding stationery is my bespoke offering, where wedding stationery is designed as completely bespoke to you. I work closely with you to design stationery to suit your personality and style that is truly one of a kind.


For bespoke stationery, allow up to 8 weeks for the design process.

Wedding stationery designed as bespoke for a couple on blush pink and white card.

Toast of Leeds


Timings for Sending Wedding Stationery

Now you know how long the design process takes and once you have set your wedding date, you can start planning in advance of when to send the wedding stationery out to guests. Here’s some guidance for when to send out your wedding stationery….


Save The Dates

These can be sent as early as you like however I recommend sending save the dates 12- 18 months before the big day. Allow more time if it’s a destination wedding where your guests will need to book travel.


This save the date is from The Emilia stationery collection with a minimalist design and touch of calligraphy on tonal hues.

Save the date with a minimalist design and touch of calligraphy

Chloe Ely


Wedding Invitations

Ideally send around 6-9 months before the big day so there’s time for guests to RSVP and so you have time to chase up any guests up who haven’t responded. 12 weeks before the wedding day is a good RSVP deadline. If you haven’t sent out a save the date then you may choose to send the wedding invitations out earlier.


The Clara stationery collection features a minimalist design and touch of calligraphy on handmade paper but is also available on handmade card.

Wedding invitation with a minimalist design and touch of calligraphy on handmade paper.

Sharon Cudworth


On The Day Stationery

On the day stationery includes wedding menus, place names, order of services, welcome signage, table plans and small signs. Any stationery or signs that you would like on the day itself! 8 weeks before the wedding day is a good time to work on these because your guest list is confirmed and you have all the finer details of the wedding day worked out.


A gorgeous example of layering on the day stationery for a wedding menu and guest place name with a contemporary curve.

A wedding menu with a touch of calligraphy and guest place name with a contemporary curve.

Rebecca Goddard


Thank You Cards

Ask your photographer for some preview snaps from your wedding day so you can choose one of them to feature on your thank you card to thank guests for their generosity and sharing your big day.


Personalised Wedding Stationery

I hope this helps with wedding planning and the timings for your wedding stationery. If you’re looking for wedding stationery inspiration have a look at my website, Instagram or Pinterest account.


Please get in touch here if you have any questions or would like to start the stationery process.

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