Wedding Vendor Booking Timeline

Planning a wedding can be an overwhelming task with endless decisions, so WeddingWire created a handy infographic to provide a step-by-step timeline for when you should book your wedding vendors.

First thing's first: Wedding Planner & Venue Booking

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Wedding Stationery

For the stationery elements, keep in mind the graphic contains booking timelines, not mailing timelines. While we receive inquiries up to and even beyond 12 months before the wedding, booking us about 6-8 months in advance is perfect timing! 


Save-the-dates are typically sent out 4-6 months before the wedding. Mailing save-the-dates as far in advance as 9 months is acceptable, especially for destination or international weddings (in which case we'd need to be booked more like 10-12 months before the wedding).


Wedding invitations are typically sent out 8 weeks before the wedding. Mailing invitations as early as 12 weeks before the wedding does happen, though it is rare. Adversely, mailing invitations just 4-6 weeks before the wedding can be acceptable if the guest list is very small, family-only, or mostly local. We are unable to accept wedding invitation orders within 14 weeks of the wedding date.


After the invitations have gone out, we can shift our focus to your wedding day paper. Paper goods for the day of the wedding — programs, menus, escort cards and/or place cards, signage, favor tags, etc. — will need to go to press about 2-3 weeks before the wedding.

Hopefully WeddingWire's Vendor Booking Timeline graphic helps make the wedding planning and the decision-making process a little easier (and more fun)!


Wedding Invitation Paper Stock

What sets Art by Ellie apart from others is our focus on design, instead of simply offering binders of fancy paper. In fact, we believe paper is simply a blank canvas for your custom design. That being said, we do need to print on the best "canvas" to showcase your beautiful custom art, so let's spend a little time discussing the paper options we offer.

Best paper stock for flat & foil printing

Our standard paper stock for flat (digital offset) printing and/or foil printing is 110# white uncoated cover. We also offer the same weight in the following variants: ivory, pearlescent ice, pearlescent champagne, ivory linen, and white linen, all at no additional charge.

Possible upgrades include printing on 130# uncoated cover in white or ivory, or 118# Reich Savoy cotton stock in natural white or bright white, which can be single- or double-thick.

Best paper stock for letterpress printing
(with or without added foil)

Our standard stock for letterpress orders is 118# Reich Savoy cotton stock in natural white or bright white.

Possible upgrades include printing on 236# cotton stock.

Seeing is believing

We are happy to send out complimentary samples, which can be ordered here, so you can check out many of our paper options in person! Let us know how we can best be of service.

Wire-Wrapped Wedding Invitations

Wire-wrapping is a uniquely artistic and subtle way to work major shine, shimmer, and color into a classic and formal wedding invitation. 

Wire-wrapping turns a simple, classic wedding invitation into a unique work of modern art.

Another benefit is that the wire wraps remain beautifully flat throughout mailing (unlike some other embellishments) and they don't add much weight to the invitation suite. For available colors and more photos, please see our Wire-Wrapped Wedding Invitations page.