When I start the process with clients, the majority don’t know exactly what wedding stationery they need. This makes sense since wedding planning isn’t something we do all the time, so it’s hard to know exactly what you need.
I have pulled together some ideas of what you might need in the lead up to the wedding and on the day wedding stationery.
I have also put down some examples for how you can present them, however the options are endless depending how creative you want to go and on budget.
If you want to discuss any of the items below or have any questions, get in touch!
BEFORE THE WEDDING
SAVE THE DATE
Not all couples choose to send save the dates but they can be great for if you have quite an international guest list or need guests to action something early on - for example if you need blocked accommodation to be booked far in advance.
These are the most obvious items! Invitations can be quite complex and in-depth or very simple, it just depends what is planned for your wedding and how much information you need to pass onto the guests (and whether you choose to use a website). My next post will focus purely on invitations and what you can include in them.
As couples choose to move more digital with wedding invitations and rsvps, not everyone opts for RSVP cards. They do however look lovely when sent out as a set with the invites and it is really exciting to receive all the save the dates through the post! 💌
This is an important one that many couples forget to budget initially! Remember you will need at least one set of stamps for invites, but also save the dates. Some couples also choose to pre-stamp their RSVPs.
ON THE DAY
ORDER OF THE DAY
Some couples like to have an order of the day printed for couples to see at the start of the day as a reference point. This can be done in many different ways, for example printed on a big A1 poster board or painted onto a pallet (boho/rustic vibes).
ORDER OF SERVICE
This is an especially popular one if you are having hymns in your ceremony so that guest can sing along. It’s a great way for everyone to follow the ceremony but not always essential.
Seating plans make it easy for guests to find their table. Usually the venue will provide a mount for your table plan but won’t actually print the plan for you.
There are many ways you can style your table plan and will obviously depend on the style of your wedding. Some examples include calligraphy on a mirror or chalkboard, or printed A5 cards per table mounted on a mirror, hanging from strings or on a painted pallet (for a rustic feel).
I will do a separate post soon on different table plan ideas but in the meantime, give me a call and we can talk through the options/brainstorm ideas!
Some venues may offer table numbers as standard but a lot of couples want special ones that either fit in with the stationery theme or match the seating plan. This will most likely be the case if you choose to go with table names rather than numbers.
Again, not every venue will provide these and you will need them unless you plan on doing unassigned seating.
There are so many ways you can do place cards and I will do a separate post on it, but here are a few examples:
- Classic folded tent card
- Flat card sitting on top of the napkins
- Alternative materials, e.g. stones or leaves
Most venues print menus free of charge however some couples might want certain menu styles/sizes or want the menu to be on theme with other wedding stationery.
Some couples choose to combine menus and place cards into one to save table space and work around budget. It can also be a great stylistic choice depending on the look you are going for!
If you are having favours for your guests, you might want to have little labels to go with them. The label could say thank you or have a little more detail on - maybe explaining the favour if there is meaning behind it.
A way of reducing costs and also space on the table is making the favour label the place card too. That was you don’t have to have both on the table and pay to print both items. Obviously this only works with certain favours.
AFTER THE WEDDING
THANK YOU CARDS
Keeping in theme with the rest of the wedding stationery, some couples like to have thank you cards in the same style as the rest of their wedding stationery. It’s always good to have your thank you cards ready to go so you can get them written soon after the wedding, otherwise you might forgot or put it off too long!