Are you unsure what stationery you are planning to use for your wedding and really don’t know when to send it all out? Well you’re in the right place 😉

Wedding stationery can include Save the Date Cards, Formal Invitations, Thank You Cards, Programs, Menus, Guest Place Cards, Seating Charts, Signage. Obviously you don’t need to have all of these things, you just need to decide what’s important to you and your partner.



Save the Date Cards

What to write:

  • Your Names
  •  The Date
  • Location (brief/suburb)
  • Mention Formal Invite to Follow

When to send: 6 to 8 months prior to wedding

Formal Invitations

What to write:

  • Your names (may include parents name or “Together with family…”
  • The date (day, month, year)
  • Ceremony time, location & address
  • Reception time & location
  • Food service (cocktail, 2/3 course, buffet)
  • Dress code (casual, formal etc)
  • RSVP instructions or reply cards

When to send: 6 to 8 weeks prior to wedding (3 months minimum if it’s a destination wedding)

Reply Cards

What to write:

  •  Reply by date (3-4 weeks prior)
  • Number people attending
  • Menu options (if required)

When to send: Send with formal invitation

Other Insert Cards to include in an invitation: Directions, Map, Accommodation details, relevant information, etc.

Thank You Cards

What to write:

  • These should be hand-written
  • If a gift has been given mention the gift and wrire something about it (e.g. how you will use it, what you like about it).
  • Make it personal

When to send: No more than 2 months after the wedding

Want to find out more about stationery? Watch our video on ‘How to get your RSVP’s back ASAP’.

Written by Janette Newell I Olive Rose Weddings & Events 

I help couples plan, organise & create the wedding of their dreams. Feel free to look around my website, & keep an eye out for my FREE downloadable checklists.


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