While party invitations are a little more time sensitive, if you're late to the game ordering your holiday cards, it's okay! I feel like the holidays extend through January, and no one will judge you if they don't receive your card prior to Christmas. If you're really late, change it to a New Years' card. Those, in my opinion, are acceptable through March. Your friends and family just want to see your pictures and what you have been up to. They don't care when they get it. So, take a breath, it will all be okay.
If you have all the information that you'd like on the card, but you are just waiting for pictures, ORDER! Adding photos and making minor changes are easy. Those take about 2 minutes (or a little more! ;) But for me, the process that takes the longest is making sure I can fit the information you send into the design.
Also, pay attention to the turn-around times. At least for me different designs will have different turn-around times. Party invitations are typically up to 2 business days, but some of my holiday cards can take up to 3-5 business days. If that does not fit in your timeline, you can always email the designer and ask if they can rush an order, or, as much as I hate to say this, look for another design. Pay attention also to their "business hours". For example, my hours are M-Sat, which means I do not work on Sundays. So if you order on Saturday, 3 business days would put you to Wednesday at the earliest..
If you ever have questions about turn-around time, just ask the designer! Remember, the Holiday Season is going to be very busy for designers, and everyone needs their designs back right now! Turn-around times may go up during the busy time of year, or designers may close their shops to get caught up. Planning and ordering early will make it so you can worry about the rest of the things that come up around the holidays!
And, for all your early birds, if you order between now and 10/31, you can receive 25% off your purchase by using coupon code: EarlyEarly25
Tip #2: Plan & Order Early!
Plan and order your Holiday Cards EARLY! Even if you don't have ALL the information, or photos, sending what you do have will speed up the process and make it less stressful all around!