What wedding stationery do I need?
Your guest list is coming along nicely and you have found a stationer you adore but what stationery do you actually need and why? Here we list all the possible wedding stationery you can get, to help you choose which are important to you and your wedding.
Save the Dates
Getting married abroad, during the week, peak wedding time or have guests coming from afar? Then save the date cards are a perfect way to let your guests know to ‘save the date’ for your upcoming wedding. You can send them out a year in advance and make sure your VIP guests can make one of the best days of your lives.
The most important part of your stationery without a doubt and one you just can’t go without for your wedding day is your wedding invites. These will give all the information needed for your special day along with RSVPs so you know who will be coming and informational inserts, which can include accommodation, menu choices, transport, gift list and any special information.
These are the first insights into your day, for your guests. So if you are having a laid back ceremony in the back garden or black tie at a Manor House, your wedding stationery will reflect your theme and let guests know what to expect on the day.
You will need day invitations for guests coming to the ceremony and then evening invitations for the guest joining you all at the reception.
Order of Service/Day
These are usually for Church weddings and include details of the service. Along with any hymns, prayers and readings. But you could also have these made as an order of the day for your guests, so they have an idea how the day is going to run. You could include the ceremony and any readings. Time of the breakfast, your first dance and details of your bridal party. Lastly thanking all your guest for coming and is a lovely keepsake to remind them of the day.
Your table plan can match your invitations and is usually placed by the entrance to where you will be having your wedding breakfast. It states where guests are going to be seated. You can get really creative with these and use a mirror adorned with flowers to match yours. Or you could hang their names off a tree as a label with a little trinket that they need to find, which could also double up as a favour.
Once the guests have found the table number they are sitting on via your table plan, they then proceed to their table to find their place card. So they know exactly which seat they are assigned to. This helps kitchen staff with any menu choices or dietary requirements. Some also have their menu choice printed on the back of the place card to avoid any confusion. (How many times have you been to dinner and forgot what you ordered 2 months in advance?)
Some venues supply table numbers with your hire, but they will be generic. You could have table numbers printed to match your stationery or you could get creative. You could have place names that mean something to you and your partner or hobbies that you are both in to. Disney films or Harry Potter characters.
These are a nice touch on your table and can help with the overall look of the decor. They let the guests know what’s on the menu for the wedding breakfast if they didn’t already know or have forgotten. Some venues do provide these with their packages. You could have one for the centre of the table or one between a couple of guests.
Don’t forget to order these with your other stationery if you would like them along the same theme as your invites. It goes without saying the main priority after the big day is thanking everyone for enjoying the special day with you and their gifts. Make a list when opening each present of the gift and who they are from, this will make it a lot easier when writing the thank you. A hand written thank you is more personal and well received. Try and get these sent out three weeks after your wedding.
Hopefully this checklist will give you clearer insight into what stationery there is available for your wedding and help you choose what is important to you and your partner.
Thanks for reading
x Jodie x