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We get it, there’s a lot to think of when planning your wedding. With the average year-long engagement time frame in mind, we’ve assembled a checklist to ensure no print goods for your big day go missed. From sending your save the dates to creating your wedding album, here are the optimal times to cross each off your list. Because who needs a wedding planner, anyway? ...Okay, you might still want one.
First up in the timeline is to create and send your Save the Dates. If you’re looking to feature a professional photo of you and your soon-to-be-spouse on your announcement, a great place to start is by securing your wedding photographer and checking out our guide to your engagement shoot.
Opting to have a bridal party? Now is also the best time to make those "Will you be my bridesmaid" gifts! A couple of our favorite suggestions include a personalized Softcover Photo Book or a creative set of Everyday Prints to remind them of what they mean to you.
At 4 to 6 months before, you’ll want to create and order your wedding invitations, along with the suite of cards that accompanies them in the envelope (think: RSVP cards and enclosure cards). Plus, our wedding invite designs can be used separately to send details for your rehearsal dinner, too!
Pro-tip: To save yourself lots of time later, upload your return address and guests’ addresses to be custom printed on each envelope.
Once you’ve got your wedding and rehearsal dinner invites in hand, the ideal time to mail them out is 8 to 12 weeks before your big day. For those planning to address the envelopes by hand (either on your own or with hired help), see our Intro to Wedding Invitation Calligraphy guide for useful tips from a pro hand-letterer.
This is also prime time for creating meaningful parent and bridal party gifts to give at your rehearsal dinner or on the morning of your wedding (before applying mascara, of course). Some fan favorites are the Brass Easel & Prints or a custom photo calendar.
At this point, you’ve finalized most of the details – now for remembering it all. Six to eight weeks before your wedding, personalize your Wedding Guest Book with 10 fabric colors, foil stamping, photo-friendly layouts, and plenty of space for signatures to display at your welcome table. This is where your photos and guests’ notes come together to tell your story, so make it one you'll look back on often.
Not sure if the classic guest book is right for your big day? Get creative with any number of wedding guest book alternatives that your guests will love.
Looking for more ways to personalize the day? Draw inspiration from our 6 Photo Display Ideas for Your Wedding (and bridal shower!) for ways to incorporate photos into your place cards, table decorations, and more.
When the time rolls around at long last, do your best not to stress over the little details — but instead, take them all in. With so much planning going into your wedding day and all that leads up to it, we encourage you to enjoy all of the details that you've brought to life — big and small.
And just like that, it'll be time to show your gratitude to all the guests who made your day. Whether you’d like to feature your favorite new wedding photo with your spouse or go with a premium letterpress design, we’ve got you covered with Wedding Thank You Cards to send within that first month of getting married.
Now, on to (arguably) the most fun part of all: sifting through and reminiscing over your photos to relive your best day in print. Your wedding photos not only make the best gifts for loved ones, but can also live on in a wedding album that’s built to last for years — and generations — to come.
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