We always get asked about wedding Stationery – what’s needed, what’s not, what can be done yourself so we thought we’d share some tips to help you along the way! We’ve decided to split this into two parts – Wedding Stationary to think about before the wedding and then what you’ll need for the big day!
Wedding Stationery…..where do you start!?
Save The Dates
Believe it or not, Save The Dates weren’t always a thing. They started to become popular back in the early 2000s and are designed to do exactly what they say on the tin – save the date. They’re really useful if you have wedding guests coming from afar, especially international guests. They are also great for your guests that may need to arrange childcare or time off from work well in advance. Our favourite thing about Save The Dates is that it’s a great way to get your guests excited about your forthcoming nuptials!! However, in our professional opinion, they aren’t always essential when it comes to Wedding Stationary. They can become quite costly and time consuming and just another thing to factor into your budget. Having said that, you could consider sending out an E-save the date (this does add extra admin though as you’ll need to get everyone’s email address) a message via social media or a good old fashioned text. This way you’ve given everyone a heads up without spending any extra money!
Whatever option you take though, we’d recommend sending your Save The Dates out a minimum of 6 months prior to the wedding. If you have a lot of international guests or you’re getting married abroad we’d suggest sending them out around 8-12 months before the big day.
Ok, well this goes without saying, everyone knows you have to send out invites but so many people ask us what they should include. We’re going to give you the must’s and the might’s, the things that you have to include and the things that you may want to think about including.
This may seem obvious but some may think that this isn’t needed if you’ve sent a Save The Date.
You only really need to include the start and finish times at this point – specifics can come later.
The Location and Directions
No point in having a wedding if no one knows where it is!
How/When to RSVP
You’ll need to include a reply by date and make sure you allow a little more time than is actually needed, this way you can chase up any slow Joes.
Dietary Requirements/Food Options
It’s imperative to check to see if your guests have any food allergies as you’ll need to inform the caterers as early as possible. Nowadays, most people opt for a standardised wedding breakfast for all guests but if you are giving options then this is when they’ll need to be chosen.
*Top tip* – don’t forget to make your invitations double sided!! Not only will it save you money but it also saves the trees haha!!
It’s always handy for your guests to know where they can stay that’s close to the venue. You may want to consider giving local hotels/BnBs a call to see if they can give you a deal on accommodation.
Wedding Gift Ideas
Most couples we work with much prefer to ask for a contribution towards their honeymoon rather than an actual gift so this is a way of letting people know in advance.
This is something to think about if you’re having a faith based wedding where there are certain rules to follow, like for instance, at a Jewish ceremony women must have their shoulders covered.
If you’re having a black tie/themed wedding, best to tell your guests this before they start shopping for that all important outfit!
Sometimes we work with couples who’s weddings last all weekend and in this case we would suggest putting a timeline of events together for you guests. It means that everyone should be where they need to be at all times.
Return (stamped) Envelope
This is for those of you that want to keep the RSVPs old school and have it returned via post. Nowadays, it’s a lot more common to set up a specific email address for you guests to reply to.
*Top Tip* – why not think about creating a wedding website? This means all the info is in one place, plus it’s a great way to manage RSVPs. There are loads of free ones out there and it’s easy to get overwhelmed but just go with simplest option but do keep in mind those guests that may not be computer savvy so also make it easy to use!
Regardless of the what’s on there, you need to send your invites out no later than 3 months before the wedding. Most suppliers will need final numbers around this time so if you wanted to, you could send them out a little bit before which gives you some breathing space.
We’re hoping this has given you a starting point when it comes to Wedding Stationery. Next time, we’ll be talking place cards, table plans and thank you notes! If you’re looking for some inspiration, check out Lovestruck Stationery who have some beautiful Wedding Stationery designs!