It can be a bit overwhelming knowing where to start when organising your wedding stationery! But don’t panic! I’m here to make it as easy as possible.
Once you’ve got a few things worked out it becomes much easier to decide what stationery you actually need and can budget for accordingly.
Although these are obviously self-explanatory, from early on in your planning it can be useful to think about who you want to invite to your wedding as it will give you an idea of how many invitations you will need. Once you know this you can see what styles are available to suit your budget.
TOP TIP: you don’t need an invite for each guest: it’s usually one per couple and family, with a few extra for single guests!
To help you decided on the style of your invitations, the easiest question to ask is do you have a lot of info to tell your guests? Do you need to tell them about accommodation, or give them directions? Are you asking for their menu options, and are you telling them that it will be a childfree wedding? If this is the case you will need to choose a style of invitations that has enough space for all this. If you just need to tell your guests where and when then a much simpler style of invitation will do.
You may be limited by the size of your venue for your wedding breakfast so that will help you decide if you need day and evening invitations. Evening invitations will be sent to those guests who will only be joining you for the reception. They can be in the same style or a complimenting but slightly paired back style, as they quite often don’t contain as much info for your guests.
Another thing to consider is the inclusion of an RSVP or reply card in your invitation. The term RSVP comes from the French expression répondez s'il vous plaît, meaning "please respond". These cards allow your guests to right away let you know if they are coming meaning that you can confirm your numbers with much less hassle than if they have to go out and buy a separate response card (and then forget to post it for another couple of weeks). However, if you are using a wedding website which you would like your guests to reply to then RSVP cards obviously wouldn’t be needed. The choice is yours!
OTHER WEDDING STATIONERY:
To work out what other stationery you’ll need for your big day it’s useful to actually know what is available and what it’s for! So here’s a run down of all the things you might need:
BEFORE THE WEDDING
SAVE THE DATE CARDS: as the name suggests these ask your guests to keep this date free for your wedding. They are usually sent up to a year before your wedding but can be sent as soon as you have booked your date and venue. They are particularly useful if you have guests traveling from further afield or your wedding is on a Bank Holiday weekend, as this gives your guests plenty of time to get organised.
ON THE DAY STATIONERY
ORDER OF SERVICE: are more traditional booklets that typically include the order of a church marriage service, titles of the readings and words for the hymns. They can include the names of the Bridal party involved in the ceremony and can become a lovely keep-sake.
ORDER OF THE DAY: are more commonly a single page with the running order of the whole day, including the times for the meal and speeches. In a more modern twist they are often they are shown as a pictorial timeline.
MENU: includes a description of the food that you will be serving at your wedding breakfast. Depending on the style, you can either give one per person as a flat menu, or two or three per table if free standing.
PLACE CARDS: are placed at each table setting to indicate where each guest should sit.
TABLE NUMBER/NAMES: these can either be names or numbers placed in the centre of each table to help your guests find their way to their seat.
FAVOUR TAGS: it is still tradition to give your guests favour, a little thank you for attending your wedding, but rather than using a small box a more modern twist is to tie a little tag to, for example, a small bottle of booze. These tags can also be used for place cards or as Wishing Tree tags (for your guests to write you a small message).
TABLE PLANS: typically this is a large board or frame that displays each guests name that is grouped according to their table, and are displayed at the entrance to the reception to inform guests of the table at which they are to sit.
SIGNS: these can be displayed around your venue to welcome your guests and/or to remind them on your thoughts regarding the sharing of photos on social media.
AFTER THE WEDDING:
THANK YOU CARDS: as the name suggests these card are used to say thank you to your guest for any presents they have given you, whether they were able to attend or not.
TOP TIP: coordinate the look of your stationery suite to give a super lux feel that will impress your guests and run effortlessly throughout your Wedding Day!
I'm here to help you with all this! So just give me a shout and we can get all this sorted!