Wedding stationery is an essential part of your wedding decor, and it isn’t just about the wedding invitations. The wedding stationery suite in it’s entirety sets the tone of what guests are to expect on your wedding day while at the same time helping them prepare for your event.
We thought it would be useful to put together a list of all the different bits and pieces of wedding stationery that you may need depending on the type of wedding you’re planning. That way you can think about it all well in advance, and won’t miss anything or have to make any last minute rush orders.
Some tips to help you on your way:
- Have a clear cut vision – too many ideas will clutter your brain and confuse your stationer, especially if they’re contrasting ideas.
- Make an inspiration board – collect and organise pictures and colours that you love.
- Be original and creative – while we love that you have researched your stationery enough to know exactly what you want, we will not copy a design. This is not only illegal due to copyright but disrespectful to their original artist.
Before the Wedding Stationery
While most people think of the wedding stationery as being the invitation and the various bits at the ceremony and reception, there are a number of items of stationery you may require to get the party started – these are all optional, but may be of interest depending on the celebration you’re planning.
Engagement Party Invitations
- To announce the couples engagement or an invitation to the engagement party. Be sure to only invite those guests who you plan on inviting to the big day.
Be My Bridesmaid/Groomsman Cards
- You’re going to need your best girls or guys around for help and support – sending a card asking to include them on your special day is a lovely gesture.
Hen’s or Bucks Party Invitations
- If you’re having a particular theme for your hen’s or bucks party, it could be fun to send a card to the guests to set the tone and provide important information.
Save The Date Cards
- A Save The Date signifies to the guest that they are invited to attend your event and should “save the date”.
- Save The Date cards are not official invitations, they simply give the names of the two individuals who are getting married, the date and some brief details of the location, town or city the wedding will be held and notification that the formal wedding invitation will follow.
- Save The Date cards are perfect for couples who need to give their guests advance notice of the wedding, particularly useful if you are getting married abroad or are inviting guests from abroad so they may begin to make travel plans.
Wedding Invitation Set
- Invitations are the most important piece of your wedding stationery. They invite your guests to your wedding ceremony and the following reception and inform them of the date, time, dress code and other essential details.
- Sent with your invitations, these cards allow guests to tell you whether they will be attending or not. Some brides and grooms include a self addressed, stamped envelope for guests to quickly and easily return these in the mail.
Directionional Information (Maps & Accommodation Information)
- Maps and direction information is useful to help out of town guests with the location of your church/ceremony venue and reception venue. Accommodation information contains contact details and web references for local hotels or B&B’s for guests who may require it.
Evening Invitations/Afters Invites
- For additional guests that may not be attending the ceremony. Evening Invitations are formal invites for the wedding reception and celebration only.
Wedding Events Itinerary Insert
- This card lets the guests know if there are other activities planned prior to or following the wedding ceremony and reception, such as a welcome party, a dinner the night before, or a second day breakfast or lunch. Particularly useful for a 2 or 3 day wedding, or if the wedding location is far from home/abroad.
Wedding Day Stationery
Order of Service/Ceremony Booklet
- The order of service/ceremony booklet is used for the wedding service and contains the names of the bridal party, name of the officiant, the plan and songs, music etc. These differ greatly between various religions and can also be used for civil ceremonies.
- Additional information could be added to make the program more personal to the day such as quotes or poems, bios of the bridal party, “in memory of” tributes to loved ones who have passed on, or a thank you to the parents and guests.
The Wedding Program/Reception Program
- This informs guests of how the evening/reception will unfold from the meal to the speeches that will be made, the cutting of the cake and the first dance. Sometimes this can be written as blackboard or poster signage. Helpful if you have lots of things planned, or a venue with many rooms.
- Seating or table charts are on display at entrance of the reception area and show your guests a plan of the table layouts so they can easily find their seat. These can correspond with the place cards or escort cards and the table numbers.
- The same idea as place cards, escort cards allow more creativity than place cards. They are used to assign each guest to their seat at the wedding reception and they correspond with the table/seating plan and place cards. Escort cards can be displayed in many ways and can even be incorporated into the Seating Chart.
- Place cards are placed at the seat of each guest and inform him or her where to sit. These can form part of a favour left for each guest.
Table Numbers/Table Names
- Placed on each table, table numbers or names are used to identify the table to your guests, so that when they pick up their escort card, they can immediately recognise the table card that matches it.
- The Menu informs the guests of the meal ahead. It can contain the food options or the set menu and choices for those with dietary restrictions. They are not essential for a buffet or if you are having a relatively short wedding reception with appetisers.
- Vow Books are a sweet way of directly incorporating your stationery into your ceremony. Rather than writing vows on scraps of paper, napkins, or coffee stained paper, house them beautifully in a matching set of vow books that you can keep and re-read on your first anniversary.
Wedding Stationery for After the Wedding
Thank You Cards
- Thank you cards are sent to your guests shortly after the wedding, thanking them for their gift and for attending your wedding. Thank you cards are also used to thank bridesmaids, flowergirls and the host of your hen or bucks party.
- To announce the couples marriage to family and friends if couple have a small intimate ceremony or elope.
Other Optional Wedding Stationery
If you’re planning a lot of venue decor ideas at your wedding, like having a sweet bar or dessert table, a photobooth, signature cocktails, a fingerprint guest book etc, then you need to think about appropriate signage and stationery for it. There’s nothing worse than a handscrawled or word/clipart sign to ruin all your great work. Worse, with no signage people mightn’t even use what you’ve created. Common things you may need include:
- Wishing Tree Tags or Wishing Well Sign
- Wedding Guest Book
- Wedding Favour Tags
- Sweet Buffet Tags/Labels
- Signage (this can indicate buffet choices, drinks choices, men’s and ladies’ rooms – basically any spot you can think to customise)
If there is one final thing to remember it is to have fun on your wedding day, take it all in and remember to breathe! 🙂
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