I understand that planning a wedding can be very stressful! There is so much to think about, but let give you some advice the stationery planning because this can seem quite complicated too, but I promise you, I will help!
After years of experience, I can tell you that it is important to get the venue and the date sorted first and foremost... This might seem obvious, but it's very easy to get carried away with themes, colours, flowers, cakes, decorations! Once you have this covered, the rest will follow in sync nicely and it'll be much easier to suss out your exact requirements.
If you've booked a wedding date that is beyond eight months away, I'd suggest that you send out your first lot of stationery: Save the Dates. These don't have to have the venue on them (if you want to keep this as a surprise), but the location, date and your names (obviously!). There is no need to put any other details on them as this will come later on the actual invitations. These can be a prelude to your actual invitations in terms of style and look- I definitely believe that there should be some consistency throughout the design and feel to your stationery and ultimately big day.
I'd suggest to start thinking about your wedding invitations around 8-6 months before your wedding day. It's good to be organised and means that there is plenty of time to plan/ get rsvp's back etc. Also, if you are wanting a very complex design or gold foiling for instance, this will take longer to produce. Our turn around time varies on a few factors; the time of year, the design & finish of your invitations, the communication and whether you want a bespoke design or if you're ordering direct from our online Boutique Collection. If you come to me with an imminent and urgent request, of course I will do everything in my power to make it happen for you too.
And relax... Well in terms of the stationery for your wedding. This is a good time to get everything else sorted, like your cake, dresses, hen parties (!) and so on!
I'd recommend to get cracking with your stationery for the day about 2 months in advance of the big day. Hopefully by this stage, you'll know your order of service, how many confirmed guests, times and so forth. If push came to shove, I'd say come to me 1 month before the wedding at the latest- as there needs to be time for design, production and then delivery... EEEK! So this is all the items like: orders of service, table names, place names, table plan, menus, thank you cards.
Then bring on the wedding celebrations!! I hope this has been useful- please do get in touch if you've got any questions!