Wedding stationery is a crucial part of your wedding preparations, in fact, it’s the introduction to the entire event. Nowadays, it isn’t just about the invitations, you need menus, save the date cards and table plans; an entire custom printed wedding suite.
Gorgeous wedding stationery sets the tone for the event; there’s nothing like receiving a beautiful invitation to get guests excited about the upcoming nuptials. More importantly, invites set the tone and let guests know whether your wedding will be a glamorous, formal occasion, informal and low key event, or a destination weekend escape for friends and family.
Of course, the first thing you have to keep in mind is your wedding budget. Once you’ve decided on a budget, make your guest list. Once the guest list is in place, it is time to browse wedding sites and online printers to gather ideas for the ultimate wedding suite package. The best part of ordering custom wedding invitations is that you can truly create unique invites that define not only the event, but capture your personality and love for one another.
To help ease the stress of planning a wedding, we’ve come up with the ultimate wedding stationery checklist: from invites to thank you cards. Here’s a look:
BEFORE THE WEDDING
Save the Date Cards
An excellent way to inform your guests about your wedding day is to send them a save the date card, especially to those guests that need to travel. This will give them plenty of time to plan for time off work and make travel arrangements. Save the dates are typically simple and usually feature a photo of the bride and groom to be. These days save the date reminders can be anything from a simple postcard to a custom magnet.
Whether your wedding is big or small, sending out save the date cards have become the norm. Since you want all your friends and family to be there, it’s vital to inform them months beforehand, so that they can mark the event on their calendars.
As we mentioned earlier, wedding invitations set the tone for your event. They are the first glimpse into the much anticipated event. Once you decide on a one-of-a-kind design and paper, your wedding invitations should be composed of:
The Invitational Line – This line typically represents those throwing the wedding party. Whether it’s the bride’s parents, both the bride and groom’s parents or the couple themselves, this is the first line that invited guests will read.
Request Line – The request line is the line used to invite your guests to your wedding. The most common request line is “request the honor of your presence”. You can also use “request the pleasure of your company.”
Joining Word – The joining word is the word used to join the names of the bride and groom. Traditionally, the preposition “to” is used on invitations to the wedding ceremony, as the bride is being married to the groom. For invitations to the reception the conjunction “and” is used, since the reception is given in honor of the bride and groom.
The Groom’s Name
City & State
IMPORTANT NOTE: Keep in mind that it is in poor taste to mention attire or gift registries on your wedding invitation. Your wedding party should send separate gift registry cards for your bridal shower.
The response card is a formal way to receive replies from your guest list. It also gives your guests a time frame by which they should get back to you. These are part of your wedding invitation suite and should include a self-addressed stamped envelope. RSVP cards are a must for determining the number of people attending your reception. You can even include the menu options for your guests in your response card.
The reception cards are used to let your guests know when and where the post-wedding celebration will take place. It´s a small card printed with the date, place and time.
This is a very important card, especially for those who aren’t familiar with the area. You wouldn’t want guests to miss your wedding because they got lost along the way. Just make sure to include directions and guide your guests to the destination step by step. You can print a map on the back as well.
Order of Service Cards
A wedding order of service card allows your guest to know how the wedding ceremony will unfold and what parts they will play. It can also include the words to the hymns you´ll be singing as well as the readings.
A guest book allows family and friends to write a note of love and inspiration, and will be a treasured memento for years to come. Make sure to order a guest book that goes along with your wedding theme, style and stationery.
These are usually provided by the venue you booked for your reception, but you can also have menu cards and table numbers printed beforehand, so they match your wedding theme.
People always worry about where they will be seated. So having a table plan is a great way to save them worries, since they won’t have to walk all the way around to find their name or an empty place to sit. Design your printed table plan to go along with your stationery, frame it and place it on an artist’s easel where guests can easily find their name and table number.
AFTER THE WEDDING
Thank You Cards
It’s always important to send thank you cards to your guests after the wedding in order to show your appreciation. Have these made to coordinate with the wedding invites.
Planning a wedding can be stressful, but it should also be fun. Designing personalized wedding invitations is a beautiful way for a couple to express their personality. Remember to have them designed and printed well in advance, so you can check a major task off your wedding to do list. Order your wedding stationery today!