Believe it or not, while the shops are throwing tinsel and festive 3 for 2s at us and a few of us are looking at white-capped hills on the horizon (I can’t believe it, can you?!) it’s already time for summer 2011 brides and grooms to start thinking about booking wedding stationery.
When to order wedding invitations
When you should order depends where you’re buying your wedding invitations from. If you’re ordering luxury handcrafted wedding invites, November is a good time to get started.
Smaller companies are limited in the number of bookings they take on: this is because they generally concentrate on one order at a time, and because they sometimes have only one or two pairs of hands to work with!
Ordering wedding invitations before Christmas
Some of the popular wedding stationery suppliers get booked up very quickly. I saw on bunny delicious’s facebook page yesterday that Zoe is fully booked for August 2011! (Round of applause for Zoe, please!)
Within the wedding industry there are a few very clear ‘peaks’ of activity for bookings. January is one: were you thinking of getting Christmas over with and then immersing yourself in wedding planning?
You wouldn’t be alone… but if I was planning a wedding I’d be ordering my invitations now, to get a bit of a head start over other brides and book with my favourite suppliers!
Another peak is February, just after Valentine’s Day. This is more of a peak for wedding venue bookings and photographers – as newly engaged couples start out on their wedding planning path.
The wedding stationers get busy again around April, as brides and grooms check their planning books which say invitations should go out 6 – 12 weeks before the big day… and everyone hits the wedding invitation trail!
By this time of year though, the top wedding stationers are booking up very fast indeed. If you’re dead set on letterpress wedding invitations or retro designs, which will book up quickly, get ahead by booking your wedding invitations this week!
Making your own wedding invitations
If you’re planning a bit of wedding invite DIY, you have a little more time. Online shops like Confetti carry quality DIY wedding invitations in stock, so you’d be safe to order a few weeks before you start crafting.