12 months out

  • Determine your budget (what is a priority and what is not? everyone’s budget is different, don’t trust budget calculators)
  • Draft a guest list (considering your budget and your venue) See our tips to create your wedding guest list
  • Hire a wedding planner (if your budget allows it or you need it for your sanity)
  • Decide an overall theme and color scheme
  • Plan an engagement photoshoot
  • Start designing Save the Date cards

9-8 months out

  • Start thinking about your Wedding Invitation suite ‘s needed items, design and feel
  • Start designing your Bridal shower invitations (note: a bridal shower can happen anytime before the wedding but is traditionally done between 3 months and 3 weeks before the wedding)

6 months out

  • Mail your save the date cards
  • Mail your Bridal shower invitations
  • Start designing your Wedding Invitation suite. See our process and our proofing checklist
  • Finalize the design and order your Wedding Invitation suite (make sure to order 5 to 10% extras to account for unexpected guests)

8-10 weeks out

  • Mail your Wedding Invitations (Tip: if you are having a destination wedding, mail them at least 15 weeks before the wedding) Your rsvp should be due one month before the wedding
  • Start designing your Ceremony and reception items

4 weeks out

  • Finalize your ceremony and reception items

2-6 weeks after the wedding

  • Finalize and mail thank you cards