When Should I Order My Wedding Invitations?
When planning a wedding, the big items that get booked right away are typically the venue(s), the caterer, the photographer and videographer.
Did you know, you should also book your stationer at the same time? Yes, you read that right! Book your stationer when you book your venue! Why? Well, it is simple really. We can only do so many orders for a given date, especially custom orders. If you want a Liz Kotsamanes Designs original, you need to make sure there is a spot for your wedding date. Summer is the most popular time for weddings, so spots can fill up quickly for June through September.
Once you have secured your spot, you can relax! The design and ordering process should begin around 7 months prior to the wedding. It will take approximately 12-16 weeks to design and manufacture your custom invitations, maybe more depending on the print technique you choose. To get the best possible results, giving your stationer time to come up with a unique concept and make sure the highest quality materials are available is important! You really don't want to rush the process- you might incur rush fees if you leave it too late, and when you rush, mistakes can get made. You need to leave yourself time to look over your invitations carefully and make sure that they are just how you want them for the big day. PLUS, if you want any day of stationery made for your wedding, you need to leave time for that too!
If you decide to address and mail the invitations yourself, you also need to make sure you give yourself enough time to do that as well! Ideally, invitations should go out to your guests 3 months prior to your date. To make it nice and easy, I have created a handy dandy chart that shows you when to begin the process!
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