Welcome to our latest blog from Scarlett’s Kisses, the experts in stylish stationery for your wedding. Stationery is an important part of any wedding arrangements, giving your guests vital information about the day, as well as making a beautiful style statement with the design that you choose. There are some factors that you need to consider before placing an order for stationery so we will hand you over to the experts at Scarlett’s Kisses for all you need to know.
Most good stationers can work to tight timescales; however this may incur an additional cost, so try to leave plenty of time for completion of your order.
You will need to provide your stationer with accurate information. If this is not given, either the invitation will not arrive or you could upset your guest by spelling their name incorrectly. You will need to provide:
- Names of all your guests
- Check the correct spelling of names e.g. Sara or Sarah; Smith or Smythe
- As a title, do they use the traditional Mr. Mrs. and Miss or maybe Ms. Or even Dr.
- Addresses of all your guests for the envelopes.
- You need full address and postcode
- Who is on your guest list? This can be a very stressful process. Most of your guests are obvious. However, do you need to speak to others such as your parents to see if there is some distant (to you but not to them) relation that needs an invitation. What if there is family fallout somewhere; who gets invited? The only advice we can give is that it is your wedding, make sure you are as happy as you can be with your guest list. Also:
- Who is a day guest, coming all day including the wedding breakfast
- Who is an evening guest
- Who from your evening list will be made an day guest if someone on your original day guest list cannot make it
- Full details of locations & times for your wedding, wedding breakfast and evening reception
- Time the event finishes
- Who is hosting the wedding?
- Is it both sets of parents or just the bride’s
- What if one or both sets of parents are divorced and with new partners
- Other such as children of the bride and groom
- RSVP date, so that you can let the event know what numbers you are expecting
- For an Order of Service, all the information about hymns, readings etc. from your vicar/ priest.
Check all of these details thoroughly. Ask as many people as is practical to proof read your sample before you okay it. Once you have given the go ahead to your stationer, any mistakes will have to be rectified at your cost.
- Save the date cards
- About six to eight months before the wedding or earlier if your wedding is in peak holiday season.
- Save the dates are especially important for overseas weddings and 12 months before is not uncommon. These don’t have to match your invites.
- About 12 weeks before the wedding. If you’re having a wedding overseas, send out your invites even earlier.
- Hold back on the evening invitation for a week and see who of your day guests are not available in case you need to send a day invitation to guests originally on your evening list
- Make the deadline no more than three or four weeks after guests receive the invitations. The more time you give guests to reply, the more likely they are to forget. You’ll need time to put together the table seating arrangements and the table plan. Don’t be disappointed that someone will pull out of the wedding at last minute; just ensure that your plans are flexible to take this into account.
Deciding on how many invitations you will need, taking in to account that you don’t need a separate invitation for every guest.
- Cohabiting couples get one invitation.
- Families get one invitation i.e. “The Smith Family,” but all their names should be on the invitation.
- Children who don’t live at home or anyone over 18, as a guide, who does live at home should get their own invitation.
This is a guest post written by Scarlett’s Kisses http://www.scarlettskisses.co.uk
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