Planning a Wedding Before Getting Engaged


Photo by Jenna Marie Photography


Pre-planning your wedding before even getting engaged is a recent trend that actually happens way more often than you would think.

It may raise an eyebrow, but it actually makes a lot of sense when you think about it. Venues and vendors often get booked twelve+ months our, and everyone is so busy these days that its nearly impossible to find a time to get all your friends and family in the same place at the same time. So, if you know you are going to get engaged soon, as most modern-day couples do, it makes a lot of sense to get all the details of your big day perfect. 

Cate Munro over at Refinery29 has written a great article about this move towards pre-planning, and it is definitely worth checking out.  

Timeline for Your Wedding Paper Suite

Photo by Jenna Marie Photography


Newly engaged couples can quickly find themselves in a whirlwind of deadlines once they pop the question. Between choosing vendors, signing contracts, and ironing out last minute details, there are a lot of things that need to be done between saying “yes” and “I do.” One topic I often get questions on is the timeline for everything to do with paper – invites, save the dates, programs, and more.

To make the process easier, I have put together a guideline of when you would typically want to do things like send out Save the Dates, order your Day of Paper Suite, and everything else involving the paper elements of your big day.

Order and Send Out Your Save the Dates
6-12 Months Before the Wedding

Order Invitations and Book Calligrapher
6 Months Before the Wedding

Order Invitations for Other Events (Rehearsal Dinner, Welcome Reception, etc.)

6 Months Before the Wedding

Order Day of Paper Suite and Thank You Notes

2-4 Months Before the Wedding

Order Favors
2-4 Months Before the Wedding


Send Invitations
6-8 Weeks Before the Wedding

Send Invitations for Other Events (Rehearsal Dinner, Welcome Reception, etc.)
1+ Week After Sending Invitations


Set RSVP Due Date

3-4 Weeks Before the wedding

Contact Anyone That Didn’t RSVP
Immediately after RSVP Due Date

Finalize Seating Chart, Escort Cards, and Favor Stationery

2 Weeks Before the Wedding

Send Thank You Notes
Within 6 Weeks After the Wedding
(Gifts received before the wedding should receive a thank you within 2 weeks)

Cafe Brauer Vendor Showcase

2nd Annual Vendor Showcase
July 17th, 4:00-7:00 pm
Café Brauer
2021 N Stockton Dr

We are so excited to have been invited to be a part of the 2nd Annual Vendor Showcase hosted by Tigerlily at Café Brauer. It is an honor to have the opportunity to have a display among these other great vendors.

This is also a great opportunity for you to meet some of the top vendors in Chicago for weddings and events! You can RSVP to GroupSales@LPZoo.org if you are interested in attending. We hope to see you there!

Our Commitment to Environmental Responsibility

Honey Bee Weddings is passionate about being environmentally responsible. We believe that you can have your dream wedding while practicing sustainability.

Photo by Caitlin Lisa Photography


Here are just some of the ways we have committed to keeping our ecological footprint small:

Minimizing Waste


Working with Responsible Vendors

  • Connects our clients with vendors that share our commitment to sustainability
  • Utilizes our membership of the Green Wedding Alliance


Keeping Green in the Office

  • Moving towards being completely paperless
  • Makes sure any paper that needs to be used is made of recycled materials
  • Uses eco-friendly cleaning supplies
  • Encourages the use of public transportation or riding bikes
  • Trains employees to utilize environmental initiatives