Wedding stationery can sometimes seem tricky to plan, especially if you are unsure which items are available, what they are for and when you need to send them. To make it more straightforward, all the options I offer are listed below, with guides to help you decide what you need.

 

 

Before the Wedding

Save the Date

(Order at least eight months before the wedding)

The purpose of a Save the Date card is to inform your guests that you have arranged the date for the wedding and to give them key information about where it will be. This is particularly useful if travel will be involved, as it will give guests enough time to book accommodation and plan journey arrangements.  

Send: six to nine months before the wedding (or up to twelve months before, if organising a wedding abroad)


Invitation

(Order at least six months before the wedding)

Your invitation is the focal point of the stationery suite and will give a glimpse into the feel of the day. So, whether you are planning a lavish, formal occasion or an intimate gathering, the invitation should tell guests everything they need to know about the dress code, where to go, when to arrive and whether a reception is planned after the ceremony. All our invitations and reply cards come with matching envelopes. 

Send: two to three months before the wedding (or up to four months before if organising a wedding abroad)


RSVP Card

(Order at least six months before the wedding)

To keep track of how many guests can make your day, send out a reply card with your invitation. Guests can then fill in the required information, such as who can/can't attend, and post the card back to you. You can also include additional questions such as dietary preferences or requirements, to ensure that the correct food options are ordered.


Information Card

(Order at least six months before the wedding)

This is the perfect place to include all the addition information that isn't displayed on the invitation: venue and reception addresses, accommodation details, maps and the weekend itinerary can all be shown.


Reception Card

(Order at least six months before the wedding)

This card details the location and time of the wedding reception. Whether you need to order one depends on where the reception will be held; if it is in the same place as the wedding ceremony, it is generally not needed, but if you will be travelling to a different venue for the reception (or want to invite additional guests to the reception) a reception card can be a useful reference point for details. 

 

 

 

On the Day

Order of Service

(Order at least four months before the wedding)

For longer formal ceremonies which will require guests to sit and stand, and perhaps sing hymns too, an order of service is an ideal place to include ceremony instructions for everyone to follow.


Table card

(Order at least four months before the wedding)

When guests enter a reception venue, they need to know at which table they will be sitting. Particularly useful for larger receptions with lots of guests, table cards are usually displayed neatly in the entrance area and include each guest's name and the table at which they will be seated. They can be hand written in calligraphy for a personal touch and printed to match the other elements of the stationery suite. 


Place Card

(Order at least four months before the wedding)

Place cards are displayed at every place on the reception tables, to show a guest which seat they will be occupying for the evening. If preferred, the role of a place setting can be merged with the menu, which can display the guest's name at the top. Alternatively, the place card can be used as a talking point for guests, perhaps displaying a note of thanks from the bride and groom or showing a printed illustration. Again, they can be hand written with calligraphy for a personal touch and printed to match the other elements of the stationery suite.  


Menu

(Order at least four months before the wedding)

Depending on the formality of the reception, the menu design can be highly detailed or simply designed, but needs to show a short description of the starter, main course and dessert. There is usually one menu per place setting on each table. 


Additional Items

Envelope Liner

(Order with your invitation or RSVP Card)

This is a paper lining, which sits neatly inside the flap of the envelope and is included to give extra privacy when posting the stationery items out to guests. It can be patterned or plain but can be an effective way to add another element of luxury to your suite. 

Tag

A tag is a small paper circle or square, printed with a design, which sits on top of a stationery suite and is used with ribbon to hold the bundle together. These can be useful with several items, to keep them neatly ordered inside an envelope.  

Wording of Stationery Items:

Please contact me for further information about stationery items or for guidance on what should be included on each one. I will be happy to send advice about options for wording and content styles.