As excitement grows with your wedding date set it’s time to start planning for the big day. However, in this time of uncertainty it may be hard to know exactly where to start. While it may feel like so much is up in the air there are still so many important things you can do to continue your preparations.
1. Find your team
This of course includes all the wedding professionals you will want to enlist to help see your vision through. Reach out to trusted friends, family or co-workers for their recommendations. We also suggest you prepare a list of those friends and family members who will be your right-hand support along the way - a parent, or maid of honor, a sibling, etc.
2. Wedding Theme
Some couples will head into their engagement knowing exactly what their wedding style or brand looks like while others are developing their vision as they go. Regardless, it’s best to be prepare by creating Pinterest boards or by gathering a set of items or samples from weddings you may have received in the past. This will help your team of vendors by providing them with some visuals to build from.
3. Guest Addresses
Wait no longer as now is the time to contact friends and family to update your list of addresses. To avoid the stress of incompletion when it is time to send out the Save the Dates or Invitations it’s best to start early.
Especially in this time of rapidly changing info it is ideal to have a place where you can update information on the fly. A wedding website is the best place to do so. Let your guests know on your Save the Date and Invitation Details cards that you will be placing updated information on your website as it relates to the ever-changing pandemic situation.
Your registry is such a helpful tool for your guests and will in the end provide you with the items you want and need. Take this time to the choose the items you important to you and include them on the wedding website for guests to easily access.
6. Save the Dates
Once the date is set you can start working on the Save the Dates. Save the Dates are typically sent 6-12 months prior to the wedding date. Many stationers will help to create that branded style early on that can be carried from the Save the Dates on into the Invitations.
7. Invitation Suite
If you’ve chosen a stationer early on for your Save the Dates then you might already have a vision laid out for your Invitations. But if not, you’ll want to start looking at Invitations online or identifying a stationer you’d like to meet with. You can also use this time to start thinking about what else you’ll need to include in your stationery suite (Details cards, Rehearsal Dinner invites, etc).
8. Wedding Day of Stationery
While this may be one of the last things you tackle having an idea of what you’ll want and need on the day of the wedding will help keep you organized. This might include signage, programs, menus, thank you cards and more. You can find options online that will provide samples and include pricing which will be important to help you stay on budget.
9. Welcome box
If you plan to prepare a welcome box for your guests coming in from out of town you can start searching for the goods you plan to pack in it. Many couples choose to curate a box with special meaning to them. This could be a beverage made in their hometown or cookies that are decorated to complement the wedding theme.
10. Parting gifts
Though not a necessity this can be a unique way to end the celebration with a special thanks from the couple. This can range from something sweet and sentimental to an item that is kitschy and fun. Regardless, it can be a fun way for the couple to make it their own.
While some decisions may be on hold due to the pandemic there are still plenty of tasks to check off the list. Start planning and check out our timelines for important dates. Or, to get started on your budget planning view our Online Shop where prices are listed for all your wedding stationery needs.