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Wedding stationery
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Planning for the year ahead

Your custom wedding stationery helps share your love story and makes a lasting impression on friends and family. But with so many printed pieces spanning months, organization is vital alongside inspiration to avoid 11th hour mishaps. From intimate ceremonies to elaborate affairs, designing and ordering everything you need requires careful coordination. Starting as soon as possible ensures that you can execute your unique vision. 

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8-12 months out: 

Send our save-the-date announcements 

Kick off your wedding season by alerting guests to your big day. Send save-the-date announcements 8-12 months pre-wedding so busy loved ones and long-distance travelers can plan ahead. For local or small weddings, 6-8 months notice should be sufficient. Share names, wedding date, city and state. All additional details will come later.

What to include:

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Names of couple

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Wedding date

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City & state of wedding

 

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6 months out:

Launch your wedding website 

Now is the time to launch your customized wedding website with online RSVP management, travel links, registries, and FAQs to simplify planning for guests. Launching a streamlined site simplifies planning for attendees by supplying key guidance and information during your peak period of activity.

What to include:

purple checkmark Registry access
purple checkmark RSVP confirmations 
purple checkmark Travel resources 
purple checkmark FAQ covering anticipated questions 
purple checkmark Countdown clock to build anticipation

 

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5-6 months out:

Send pre-wedding celebration invites

Get loved ones excited for the big day by sending invites to intimate gatherings like showers, parties, and dinners. The exact timing of these will vary depending on when your festivities are planned.

What to include:

purple checkmark Names of honorees 
purple checkmark Description of the festivities  
purple checkmark Event date, time, and location 
purple checkmark Dress code and special requests 
purple checkmark Registry details if applicable

 

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6-8 weeks out:

Mail your official wedding invitations 

Plan to send your formal wedding invitations 6-8 weeks before your wedding—especially for events with over 50 guests. For more intimate ceremonies, you can generally get away with 4-6 weeks. Make it easy for guests to RSVP by providing response cards and envelopes. 

What to include:

purple checkmark Creative envelope liner colors complementing paper suite
purple checkmark Vellum sheets adding semi-translucent elegance
purple checkmark Artwork and motifs symbolic of your love
purple checkmark Poetic verse or sentimental song lyrics
purple checkmark Elements showcasing the ceremony/reception color palette 

 

2 months out: Finalize ceremony programs, menus and signage

After months of meticulous planning, these final touches tie everything together. Programs, menus, signage add atmosphere and elegance to your celebration. Don’t skimp on these finishing accents that elevate the overall wedding magic for everyone.

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What to include:

purple checkmark Menus including specialty drinks in honor of the couple
purple checkmark Photo collages chronicling your relationship milestones
purple checkmark Event schedules and ceremony programs outlining meaningful processional details 
purple checkmark Framed signage, creative seating charts, and photo booth backdrops
purple checkmark Table number displays matching your theme

 

Get started today

Ready to embark on your stationery journey? The design and printing experts at FedEx Office will help you stay on track. Our online Canva design templates empowers you to craft custom creations effortlessly, guiding you through every step of the design process. And with our extensive network and over 2,000+ nationwide locations, ordering is a breeze. Let us handle the heavy lifting so you can focus on all the details that make your wedding day unique.