To help you stay on schedule, here is a general stationery timeline. Please note, not every item listed may apply to you. Most wedding experts will advise that choosing and creating your invitation takes anywhere from six to eight months.

8 Months

• Meet with Fat Cat to create your save-the-date cards.

6 Months

• Meet with Fat Cat to discuss your invitations.

• Local weddings: mail save-the-date cards.

5 Months

• Order your invitations (if you haven’t done so already).

• Finalize your guest list.

• If you are choosing to have a calligrapher address your envelopes, now is the time to book her or him.

4 Months

• Receive your invitations.

3 Months

• Before you buy postage, bring the complete invitation (with insert cards and envelopes) to the post office so they can weigh and measure it.

• Don’t forget to purchase stamps for the reply card envelope!

10 Weeks

• Apply postage to reply card.

• Assemble and seal invitations.

• Apply postage to the invitation envelopes.

8 Weeks

• Mail invitations.

7 Weeks

• Contact Fat Cat to discuss day-of stationery (ceremony programs, table numbers, menus, seating cards/seating chart, signage, napkins/coasters, favor tags, hospitality bag inserts, thank you notes).

6 Weeks

• If you have a B list, this is the last call to send them out.

4 Weeks

• Mail rehearsal dinner invitations.

• Mail post-wedding brunch invitations.

• Contact guests who have not responded.

• Order thank you cards.

3 Weeks

• Finalize your day-of stationery. Note, some printing techniques may take more time. Please check with your Fat Cat consultant.

2 Weeks

• Send final seating list to Fat Cat so seating cards can be created.

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