While planning your wedding you’ll often times find yourself wrapped up in all the tasks that you’ll forget the milestones. You’ll have your head buried in estimates, flower options, menu choices and more. Next thing you know, you’ll look up and realize your save the dates are supposed to be sent out in a week and you haven’t even ordered them yet.
Our planning checklist is great for making sure you don’t overlook a single task. But, today I wanted to layout a brief overview of your key milestones like sending save the dates, invitations, RSVPs and more. As I suggest to every client, put these dates in your calendar, paper or digital, along with your reminder dates and you won’t miss a single milestone.
11-10 Months Prior to Your Wedding
- Order Your Save the Date Cards
- I always say to allot about a month to order your save the dates, ship them, stuff and address before sending out.
10-8 Months Prior to Your Wedding
- Send Your Save the Dates
6-5 Months Prior to Your Wedding
- Have All Vendors Booked
4-3 Months Prior to Your Wedding
- Order Your Invitations (Assuming you haven’t hired a stationer – if so, this process will be completed sooner)
6 Weeks Prior to Your Wedding
- Send Invitations
- If the majority of your guests are from out of town, I suggest sending at the 8 week mark as opposed to six.
3 Weeks Prior to Your Wedding
- RSVPs Due
- Most vendors require your final guest count two weeks prior to your wedding date. Having your RSVPs due 3 weeks prior will allow you a full week to follow up with any guests you don’t hear from.
- Double check your vendor contracts before assuming final numbers are due two weeks in advance. Some vendors may require your final count earlier which will mean you need to adjust your RSVP date accordingly.
3 Months Post Wedding
- All Thank You Notes Sent
- While guests have one year after the wedding to send you a gift if they desire, you have three months after your wedding date to send thank you notes for all gifts received at that point.
- I always suggest making a list of all gifts received as you’re opening them then start writing a few thank you notes a night until you’ve made it through your list