A key factor of your wedding will no doubt be your wedding stationery. With so many creative ideas out there to buy or make yourselves, it can be a little overwhelming. So to break it down I’ve popped together a little go to blog post for a quick low down on wedding stationery.
You’ll notice that throughout your wedding planning you create so many lists! So here’s one already prepared for you – a stationery checklist. You are welcome! Click here to download the PDF.
So let’s talk about each wedding stationery element.
1. Bridal Party Proposal Cards.
Make your bridesmaids and ushers feel that extra special by putting together a little gift hamper. It could be full of their favourite foods or a nice candle, whatever, you know what I mean, general niceness. A proposal card is a complimentary note to ask your nearest and dearest to be part of your wedding day.
2. Save the Dates.
Save the dates are typically sent as soon as the venue and date have been confirmed. They are usually only sent to wedding day guests rather than evening. Make sure you have a confirmed guest list when sending these out as they are the heads up for guests not to make plans for that date. You could make your save the dates memorable by designing either a fridge magnet, coaster or even a jigsaw, the ideas are endless. They are the first impression you give to your guests about your wedding, therefore, consider the style and detail. The information is usually kept simple with just the date and location stated and further information to follow on the full official invite.
3. Full invitations.
Information to include will be all the details of the ceremony, date, time, location. Other information to include might be directions to the ceremony and reception venues, gift details, social media or website details, accommodation details, etc. RSVP. Maybe even include a song request for the evening party to get the dance floor full! Request that they let you know any dietary requirements on the RSVP too!
If you want to keep the information simple and a single page invite, include the main details and then direct guests to a wedding website.
Don’t forget the evening invites too!
4. Order of the days.
These are given to guests as they arrive at the ceremony. They act as a guide for the day and also a keepsake of the day. Usually one per couple is enough. Information to include could be introductions to the wedding party (handy to know in case people forget), the order of the day’s events (people like to know when they’re eating) and even fun things like hashtags or a quiz. If you don’t want guests to share your wedding on social media until you do, a note in here would be a good idea too. A printed booklet is a lovely keepsake for guests as well. Alternatively, the order of day could be on a board and displayed at the entrance of the ceremony. My personal preferred option is a booklet, I’m more tactile and love to keep these little sentiments from a wedding. Also, the info is all there for guests to refer easily. Up to you though, it’s your wedding, do what you want!
5. The Table Plan.
The information on the table plan should be displayed clearly for guests to locate their seats efficiently, no one likes to see a wondering guest with a lost expression on their face. Ok, funny to watch at times, but not ideal. If you’re having long tables, break them up so people still have an idea of the area where they will be sitting.
Get creative with the table plan, style it up in a quirky way to suit the rest of your wedding style. I love coming up with ideas for table plans so get in touch and let’s brainstorm together.
6. Directions and those little extras.
Those extra bits to communicate other details to guests are key. It can be as simple as a sign for the card and gift table, sparkler send-off or directions to the loos. Again, make these tie in with the rest of your stationery and venue.
A welcome sign is also a key bit of stationery, especially if you have a hidden or remote venue. A welcome sign could go on the roadside so guests don’t miss the turning or at the front of the church to welcome guests to your wedding.
7. Table Names.
These form part of the table decor so should also be lovely like everything else! Again, make them clear and easy for guests to spot as they’re wandering around trying to find their seats.
8. Name cards.
You’ve worked hard on that table plan making sure conversation flows on every table, therefore, you need people to sit where they’re told (in a bossy bride kinda way!). Again, these can be beautiful details to add to the table. Tent folded calligraphy cards, laser cut names, the ideas go on. You could even double up the place cards with favours, they could be mini sloe gin favours with a name label. Those little details make me happy, you might think they’re not important, but trust me, they really are! They make your wedding that bit more special.
If you have a menu choice and guests have pre-ordered their food, it’s guaranteed that your guests will have forgotten what they ordered or get food envy when the food comes and demand something else. Trust me, it happens, and the caterer usually bends over backwards to accommodate. However, this can all be avoided by having menus on the table. If you have menu options, a personal menu can be printed for each guest and slotted into their napkin. If you just have one menu for all (apart from dietary requirements), you could have a couple of menus on each table. It’s a talking point for guests when they sit down and people get excited about the food coming before it’s even arrived. I am one of those people who get excited when the food arrives in a restaurant, I’m not the only one – at least I hope not!
10. Thank You Cards.
Do not print a generic thank you card message. Eugh, that’s terrible and your parents should’ve taught you better. A thank you card should be handwritten or at least individually typed to each guest thanking them for their presence on your wedding day and their generous gift. If they gave you money towards your honeymoon fund then let them know what you did with their money. For example ‘Thank you for your generous honeymoon contribution, we used it towards going scuba diving where we saw the most amazing fish and even a sea turtle’. They will appreciate knowing it had a lot more value than just the £50 in a card.
Final Tip: Ask your photographer to send a preview of photos, maybe even a group shot, from your wedding to use for your wedding thank you cards.
I hope that gives you a little background info for your wedding stationery. Just ask if you have any more questions or need help with finding the perfect stationery. There’s the whole etiquette saga and how to address and word stationery but that’s a blog post all in itself. We’ve got Christmas coming up so I won’t keep you that long!
If you need any more planning or styling help with your wedding day I offer a free consultation over a cuppa or drink so get in touch to arrange and we can talk about all things weddings.