With so many things to consider and a budget to manage, I have prepared a wedding stationery list that any bride should evaluate to build a package fitting their unique needs.
Each item serves a purpose, but not all of them are required for all weddings. However, it's worth considering all during the early stages to make sure you have accounted for everything you will need before an don the day. The little things can really pile up and require a budget extension.
- Save the date - a handy little thing to let people know they need to, well, save a date, for your special day. If you have the details confirmed well in advance, these might not be required, but if you will not know the details or are planning a destination wedding, your guests will appreciate the advance notice.
- Invitations - the centrepiece of your wedding stationery that contains the most important information - who, when and where. All other details should be left for the information sheet. Do not bombard them with with everything YOU want them to know straight away.
- Information sheet - include details that will make the travel of your guests easier, but remember to keep it concise. Also, be ready for your guests not to read this so it's always a good idea to include the wedding planners contact number (do not leave your own number, you don't want to be dealing with this; if you are a DIY bride, entrust a friend to collate the questions and you can answer them in one go).
- map - consider inducing a map if your locations if difficult to find
- RSVP card - even if you are asking for a digital RSVP via email or website form, I always advise having a separate sheet for this. Again, this makes it easier for people to digest the information and will mean less hassle for you.
- Addressed envelopes - consider a budget not only for postage stamps, but also for envelope calligraphy or envelope printing. This should also induce a return address on the back.
- Envelope liners - for s special little touch consider adding envelope liners that will help set the tone for your event.
- Return envelope - shall you require a physical RSVP, you should include an addressed and stamped return envelope.
It is never too early to start thinking about on the day stationery. If you have not allocated the budget for this at the start, you might be caught off guard how much it can all add up to. Consider if you will need any of the below:
- place cards - depending on what type of cards you had in mind, also consider the detail as it will influence the price - first name or full name, table numbers included. Are there any associated costs with displaying these if not placed on the tables?
- table plan - to help people find their seat a full table plan is usually displayed. Consider related costs of setting this up - frame, easel, flower decorations etc.
- schedule of the day - similar to the table plan, it's just another thing to keep people informed. Consider associated costs.
- bar signs - if you are serving your bespoke cocktails, let the guests know with specially prepared bar signs.
- Table numbers - doesn't matter if they are using numbers or names, you will need a way to help your guests find their table. Also consider associated display costs.
- Other signs - love quotes or words special to you both can be incorporated in your styling. 'Other' category usually includes signs for photo booth, sweets table, guest book signing, gift table etc. Consider associated display costs.
Would you add anything to this list? Let me know and I can update the article to help a future bride even further.