The list of wedding stationery available is endless. However the more wedding stationery you want, the more organisation and coordination needs to take place and therefore the earlier you need to start planning!
You should start selecting your stationery between three to six months before the wedding, to allow time to order the design, especially for bespoke stationery, and to proof-read the text, hire a calligrapher if necessary, and finally to prepare the stationery for dispatch. Sending ‘Save the date’ cards not only allows friends and family living abroad to plan holidays and flights to your wedding, but also allows you a little more time before you have to send out your wedding invitations. Your ‘Save the date’ cards should coordinate with the rest of your wedding stationery and should be stand out so people remember to keep the date of your wedding free. For more information on save the date cards click here Wedding invitations are an essential part of your wedding stationery and so they are very important to get right! It is worth spending time over them, so they perfectly reflect your wedding style and give your guests a taste of what is to come. Whether you choose to go professional and use a wedding stationery service or want to make the invitations yourself using a DIY wedding stationery kit it is important not to get too engrossed in the artistic detail. You need to make the essential details clear such as date, location, accommodation and gift list. For more info on wedding invitations click here Wedding Annoucements are a way of letting friends know that you and your groom are now married but means they do not have to be invited to the wedding! They are usually sent out on the day of your wedding or the day afterwards. It is important that you state that the wedding has occured and so they don’t wait for their invitation. It is nice to coordinate them with your other wedding stationery, perhaps printing on the same paper as your invitations, or using the same type font and colour. If you don’t want to crowd your perfected wedding invitation with details of your wedding reception, it is common practise to write reception cards with all the details of the reception including maps and guest accomodation. It not only allows the guests to make their plans early but also lets your wedding stationery to remain an artistic masterpiece! Respond cards are a really important part of your wedding stationery and are usually sent out with your wedding invitations. They are usually a small card, coordinating with the other wedding stationery, and a stamped and addressed envelope. The major benefit of respond cards is that you can form an accurate guest attendance list so you know numbers for catering and seating preparations. Also make sure you include a date when you want your repond cards returned by. The Order of Service is the only wedding stationery given out at the ceremony. It usually includes information on what is going to happen during the ceremony. If you are having a church ceremony the order of service should include the hymns, readings, and vows. It is also nice to include the date and venue of the wedding so guests can keep the order of service as a memoire of the day. If you are having a civil service you would include the date and venue again, but in addition you could also inculde any poems or speeches. The table plan allows you to organise the seating of your guests at the reception. It means that you can put old friends together or group families in one area. Furthermore you could seat people who you want to meet next to each other. Seating plans can be displayed at the entrance to the seating area and mean that the seating of your guests is much quicker and no couples are left alone on empty tables! Table place cards are small cards put on the table above each place at the table. They add formality to the reception, which is always nice, and can also be decorated to not only coordinate with the rest of the wedding stationery but also with the table and reception decorations. Depending on the type of reception you are having, a menu allows guests to see what they are going to be served. It makes the meal more professional however it is not a necessity and can add costs to the day! It’s customary to send a piece of cake to friends and relatives who couldn’t make it to the wedding. This is often sent in a small cake box, which could be printed with your wedding theme and coordiante with your other wedding stationery. Once your big day is over and the dust begins to settle, it is important to write your thank you letters to everyone who sent you presents and attended your wedding day. You need to remember to order extra thank you letters to be printed as you may recieve late wedding presents! It is nice to coordinate your thank you letters with the rest of your wedding stationery, so any guest who have kept all your stationery as a memoire of the day, can complete their matching set!
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