So you’ve set the date and picked the venue of your dreams..you might even have booked your photographer and stylist! Now comes the invitations…wedding invitations are basically your way of setting the tone of your event to your guests on a card.
Often it’s the thing that most people think to leave it to the end and say to each other “I’m going to save money and DIY” or “Do you know if your sister could do it for me?”. NEWSFLASH! If you’re not a graphic designer, you can’t do it to perfection. This is your wedding after all, and you don’t want to end up with a piece of tacky word and clipart card or spend hours trying to get it close to a professional job.
For the sake of a few dollars, do your wedding justice and invest in professional made and decent wedding stationery that you will be able to keep for years to come and still be in 1 piece as the day you received it.
So here is my guide to the ultimate wedding stationery checklist: (don’t worry you don’t have to splurge on everything from this list. Just the essentials, especially if you have a budget to stick to)
Before the Wedding
1. Engagement Party Invitations (optional)
To announce your engagement and party to your friends and family or anyone that you would be inviting to your wedding celebration.
2. Be My Bridesmaid Cards (optional)
You’ve got your man, but you need your girls. This is a sweet gesture to give to your best and closest girls as an invitation to be part of the bridal party.
3. Hen Party Invitations (optional)
Some of us like to have a consistent theme flowing even in our hens or kitchen tea party. This invites would be a way of using that theme for your party and also as a formal way to give out the details to the bridal party and other friends…of course this normally wouldn’t be a task for the bride to organise.
4. Save the date announcement (optional)
To inform your guests that will be invited for your wedding, of your wedding date so they can save or mark it on their calendar and await the formal invitation that will carry the finer details.
This is normally sent by the couple when their wedding date falls on a public holiday or close to a popular day of the year such as Easter, Christmas, New Years Day etc.
Another reason to send Save the Dates, is if your guests would need to book accommodation and/or flights to come to your wedding
Your wedding invitations may include:
- Main Wording
- Wishing well or Gift Registry cards
- Accommodation cards
- Map or Direction cards
- RSVP envelopes
- Envelope for the overall invitation
- Envelope seals
- Envelope liners
- Invitation box and liners
- Any embellishments that may be added to suit your theme or wedding colours
1. Order of Service cards or booklets
Order of service/ceremony booklets are used for the wedding service and usually contains the names of the bridal party, name of the officiant or celebrant, any special readings and songs, music etc. These will differ greatly between various religions and can also be used for civil ceremonies.
2. Wedding Itinery cards (optional)
To inform your 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. This would be helpful if you have lots of things planned, or an extensive venue with many rooms.
3. Placecards or Name tags
Placecards are placed at the seat of each guest to inform him or her where to sit. These can form part of a favour left for each guest.
4. Wedding Favour tags
Wedding favour tags are usually attached to a favour and can also be used as a placecard to inform your guests of their respective seats.
5. Table Numbers or Table Names
A number or name designated for each table to make it easier for guest to find where they will be sitting at the reception.
6. Seating Chart
The seating chart is normally placed at the entrance of the venue as guests walk in. This chart shows a layout of the tables so they can easily find their table and seat. This corresponds with the table numbers/names and placecards and/or wedding favour tags.
7. Welcome Sign and Wishing Well Sign (optional)
Welcomes the guest to the venue and/or room where your wedding will be hosted. Wishing well signs are normally positioned next to the wishing well or birdcage to inform guests of what to do or as a thank you for their gifts and well wishes.
8. Guest books or Guest trees
For your guest to sign their names and a short message or place their thumbprint as a mark of their presence at your wedding. This is normally then kept as a keepsake for anniversaries or hung on the wall of the newly wed’s home.
9. Thank You cards
Send these to your guests shortly after the wedding (within 6 months), thanking them for their gift and for attending your wedding. Thank you cards and accompanying gifts are also used to thank bridesmaids, flowergirls and the host of your hen party.
10. Wedding Announcement cards
To announce the couples marriage to family and friends if the couple has chosen to have a small intimate ceremony or elope.
11. Change of Address cards
Change of address cards can be useful if the newly weds has changed their residence following their wedding.
Contact me for an obligation FREE quote today! Don’t DIY when you can get designer invitations for a few bucks more and save your time and effort!