When Should I Order?

Ordering your wedding invitations is a huge step- this is you formally announcing your wedding plans to your friends and family, after all- which makes it super important that you check out the lead times for your order

Ordering your wedding invitations is a huge step- this is you formally announcing your wedding plans to your friends and family, after all- which makes it super important that you check out the lead times for your order

 

The lead time is the amount of time that your stationer will require to complete your order. This will vary from company to company, but mine is 4-6 weeks, which allows plenty of time to finalise the design if any alterations are requested, order the materials, create the proof for the text, make adjustments to the proof if required after being checked by client, and, of course, make everything to the high standard befitting your wedding stationery.

 

This, however, is the minimum amount of time required; if you want to book earlier, then by all means please do! In fact, certain times of year (January/Feb and summer) get really quite busy, so if you know that you will be wanting to order your stationery at these times of year, it's a great idea to do so ASAP to secure your production slot. This goes double for the 'on the day' items like table plans and order of services, as there is a definite deadline on these!

 

So, how do you know when to order, especially for your invitations?

 

  • Firstly, take your wedding date (let's use the example of 15th December)
  • Decide how far in advance you want to be sending your invites (let's say 3 months, so they need to be sent by 15th September)
  • Allow yourself time for writing the invites, addressing envelopes etc (let's say 2 weeks, so you need to have them in your hands by September 1st)
  • This means that you should be looking at ordering your invitations mid-July, and no later than August 1st
  • Of course, if you've found a design you love, you can always order before- one of the great things about wedding stationery is that there's no shelf like (just keep them in a dry place out of sunlight, and you can store them indefinitely). Or you can get in touch before the minimum lead time, say that you need your invites by 1st September, to use the example above, and can you book in so you receive your invites by this time. The second option is great if you've found the design you'd like, but you still need a little extra time to finalise the text and want to get your invitations ticked off the To Do list

 

If you decide that you will want to order your 'on the day' stationery from the same supplier, let them know as soon as possible so they can pencil you into an appropriate production slot. Most independent wedding stationers (like myself) are one or two person teams, and production slots are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis with little room for extra, last minute bookings, especially over the summer wedding season (unless you're super lucky, but making sure you book the things with a definite, set in stone deadline nice and early is the best way to make sure you get your stationery on time!)

 

So, the best time to book your wedding stationery is as soon as possible, doubly so when it comes to items you will be needing on the day. I often end up with bookings months or even a year or more in advance, especially for table stationery etc, so it's well worth planning ahead with these things. Invitations tend to get ordered a bit closer to when they are needed, but as I say, so long as you allow a minimum of the stated lead time, there shouldn't be any problem if you're taking a while to reach a final decision

 

Speaking of which, if you ever have any questions or would like some advice about wedding stationery, please drop m a line at info@littleviendesigns.co.uk and I'll be very happy to help :)

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