Wedding stationery is essential, after all one of the lovely things when planning your wedding is putting together your guest list so you want to be able to send your nearest and dearest a stylish invitation. There is so much emphasis placed on the larger elements such as venue, cars and gowns that this essential item can be overlooked.
There are some things to think about at the planning stage which will save disappointment later and allow you time to concentrate on the other things that you need to do. Give your guests as much notice as you can, especially if you are having your wedding on a weekday – they may need to book time off work or make childcare, travel or accommodation arrangements before confirming. Giving your guests information about the venue can be really useful, even if you just include a website address or telephone number; it shows that you are being thoughtful.
Follow this checklist for handy tips on the wedding stationery you might need
Save the Date Notes: These should be sent well in advance, as soon as you confirm your venue and date, when you begin to plan your guest list. By sending a ‘Save the Date’ note, your potential guests can plan ahead and make their arrangements to enable them to attend.
Wedding Invitations: Once your venue, ceremony and reception are booked, you can get ready to send invitations to all those people who are on your guest list. Try to order invitations that are consistent with your theme or colour scheme; although not essential, it will help in setting the tone for your wedding and many retailers will allow you to personalise your invitations to achieve your ideal design from different colours, fonts and decorations.
Reply Cards: It is a good idea to include reply cards so that guests can easily get in touch to confirm their attendance or let you know otherwise. You need to know quite early on what your confirmed numbers are so that ceremony arrangements, venue set up and catering bookings can be made. You can also start to put together a table plan and make seating arrangements.
Venue Location Map: Providing your guests with up-to-date directions to the ceremony and venue can be a great benefit, particularly if using a hotel chain or a common church name. A map and sat nav reference should be included with the invitation so that all of the information is in one place, ensuring that everyone is seated and ready before the bride’s arrival.
Menu: Letting your guests know what food will be served on the day will allow them time to make any special dietary arrangements if necessary. Vegetarian options need to be ordered in advance and any guest with allergies or intolerances will need to be identified and catered for. This will avoid disappointment from guests on the day and reduce the risk of waiting times. Caterers can also be given a table plan showing which guests will be having a different option.
Place Cards: These are ideal for guests and caterers alike. They will assist guests in getting to know each other and can be taken as a keepsake of the day. Tie them in to your theme or colour scheme and they will enhance the table décor as well as being useful. A large seating plan at the entrance to the dining room can also be made up to match. You could have different colours on each table and match them to the tablecloths or chair sashes.
Thank You cards: After your wedding you may think that there is nothing left to organise, but a well-timed ‘thank you’ note is usually very much appreciated by those who have contributed to your big day, either by simply being there or purchasing a gift.