I’ve been loving the guest posts around here lately and I’m very excited to share another one with you today!

Custom wedding invitations are a beautiful, thoughtful way to set the tone for your wedding long before the big day even arrives. Since custom wedding invitations are a work of art, and also need to arrive at a certain time, you need to be organized in how you approach this part of your wedding planning. Marlene Yon, the owner & designer behind Amira Design offered to share her expertise with us and created a helpful step-by-step timeline for when to start working on each piece of your custom wedding stationery!

Custom Wedding invitation Timeline & Checklist - Amira Design

A little more about Amira Design:
Amira Design is a custom wedding invitation studio located in Glendale, California, and has been in business since 2009. We specialize in couture, one of a kind invitations for couples that are looking for a unique introduction to their wedding.  We also provide semi-custom invitations for couples that are short on time and need their invitations in a quicker timeframe.  We are always creating new designs for our semi-custom collection.

Here is Marlene’s suggested timeline for when to get all of your wedding-related stationery ordered and sent out:

12 Months Out (Or ASAP)

Take engagement photos and send out your engagement announcements

9-12 months out

Send out Save the Dates, and get wedding invitation samples

Modern art deco custom wedding invitations by Amira Design in Los Angeles, CA. Photo by Belinda Philleo

4-6 months out

Order wedding invitations and thank you cards

3-4 months out

Send out your wedding invitations

Blush and blue custom wedding stationery by Amira Design in Los Angeles, CA. Photo by Belinda Philleo

2 months out

Order rehearsal dinner invitations

6-8 weeks out

Order day-of stationery, menus, programs, table numbers, etc.

Luxurious Floral custom wedding stationery by Amira Design in Los Angeles, CA. Photo by Belinda Philleo

3 weeks out

Collect RSVP’s and order place cards/escort cards

2 weeks out

Finalize seating chart and favor stationery

Cornflower Blue custom wedding stationery by Amira Design in Los Angeles, CA. Photo by Belinda Philleo

1-2 months after

Mail out thank you cards


Send out your first holiday card as Mr. and Mrs.

More about the Amira Design team and how to hire them for your custom wedding invitations:

Visit https://www.amiradesign.net/ to inquire for your custom wedding stationery needs! You can also find Amira Design on Instagram

Marlene Yon – Owner/Designer: Marlene is the driving force behind Amira Design, she loves to create invitations using unique objects and embellishments.  She has an eye for decoration and is able to upscale any simple invitation and create the wow factor that most of our brides are looking for.  Marlene loves to create new designs, so if she is not working with a new client, she can be found working on fresh semi-custom designs.


Dayna Huitron – Digital Artist:  Dayna has a keen eye and can transform an idea into a spectacular digital design that can be used throughout an invitation suite. Dayna is also in charge of quality control and ensures that our orders are completed in a timely manner.

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