Custom Stationery Timeline


When couples start planning their wedding naturally they being with venue, photographer, and wedding planner (all very important!)! But once you start looking at the timeline below you will quickly realize that your calligrapher and stationery designer also need to be high on the list! It comes to a shock to most brides when they go to book a calligrapher who is already booked 5 months in advance! That is because custom invitations take much longer to complete compared to semi-custom invitations. Most calligraphers start booking, at least, 6 months out from the wedding date (if not sooner, for save the dates)!


Below is my basic timeline outlining when you should hire your stationer, design, print, assemble, and send out your invitations (one of my most frequently asked questions!)!

Depending on the materials we are using and design the invitation design period can take 1-2 months!

If you book with me, I will send you a much more detailed timeline outlining each step along the way to ensure a smooth process!

Timeline - Based oN wedding date

8 months out

Hire your calligrapher!

6 months out

Finalize your guest list!

6 months out

Invitation design begins!

4 months out

Invitations sent to printer!

3 months out

Envelope calligraphy begins!

10 weeks out

Invitation assembly starts!

8-10 weeks out

Mail day!! The best day!

*Please note: Save the dates are not included here, but are typically sent 6 months in advance for a non-destination wedding!*


stationery timeline

Click here to download a printable timeline!

Day-of Stationery

Day-of stationery has a much faster turnaround time (usually a couple weeks). Which makes sense, since you need to wait until you receive all your RSVP’s. I typically start the design process for place cards, escort cards, and table numbers once we have sent out the invitations. That way, when you have your final guest list we already have our design set and ready to go! Any other day-of stationery not dependent on the RSVP’s will be started after the invitations are sent as well!


Let me help!

Let me take care of the timeline and details for you!

You will stay on track and not have to worry about a thing! Allowing you to relax and enjoy the wedding planning process!



I’m Bailey. I love the little details in life, candy coffee, and all things wedding - and that’s exactly what you’ll find here! A little bit of personal, a whole lot of detail, and absolutely everything wedding!


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