With so many different wedding companies promoting their products these days it can be a little overwhelming for the soon to be bride to make a decision with whom to choose for the simplest items inc wedding invitations.
The first impression your guests will have of your forthcoming wedding will be your wedding invitation. So really you’ll want these to be the best they can be to ensure you make an impact but include a touch of style when announcing the date to your family and friends.
A few things you might want to think about are
Set your Budget
What stationery do I need?
Save the date cards, Wedding day invites, Wedding evening invites
RSVP cards, Information Card, Order of service cards
Seating plans, Menu, Name Place cards, Thank you Cards
How many invites and whom to invite?
Choosing the right style
From the day invites to the thank you cards, your wedding stationery sets the scene and tone for your wedding day and will leave a lasting impression with your family and friends.
SET YOUR BUDGET
Unless you are lucky enough to be in a position not to worry too much about costs, more than likely the first decision to make before you think about your stationery requirements is setting your budget. If you like the idea of having a large wedding with 100’s of guests, then the cost of wedding stationery will soon mount up. Are you thinking about Bespoke Wedding Invitations? These may appeal to you but if you’re having 150+ guests the cost of something bespoke can rise dramatically! Maybe you are swaying towards the idea of personal invites? But do you really have the time to hand craft your own with everything else you need to arrange?
WHAT STATIONERY WILL I NEED?
To help you set a budget it might help to make a list of all the invitations and other stationery that you think you will need. This will help you then to consider any additional extras that you can may wish to add to your wedding stationary. Place names, menus, thank you cards are just some of the types you may wish to create, the choice is endless to a point
SAVE THE DATE CARDS/ENGAGEMENT ANNOUNCEMENT
Something which has been stolen from America is the Save the date cards. These are big over in the states and are sent to guests up to one year in advance of your wedding day. They are a great idea of making sure that your guests keep the date free for your special day. You may want to think about having these made into fridge magnets?
WEDDING DAY INVITATIONS
Here’s where it all starts, traditionally the Bride’s parents send out the wedding day invitations inviting your guests to the ceremony. In modern times most couples choose to host their weddings themselves and as such the invites now arrive from the couple to wed.
On average most invitations are sent out eight to sixteen weeks in advance of the date to ensure everyone invited has plenty of time to sort out any travel and accommodation requirements and to send that all important RSVP back. One thing you might want to consider is the time of year you’ll be getting married, if your big day is during Easter, Christmas and New Year then giving guests a few more weeks notice might be something to think about.
Like I covered at the start your invites set to tone of your wedding day, try to choose something that reflects your special day and matches your wedding day theme.
The RSVP card is most often included with the wedding day invitation. This makes it a quick and easy for guests to reply promptly and without any fuss. In more cases than none they will include a small section for guests to reply to your request for any dietary requirements they may have.
You might want to think about including a stamped addressed envelope and an RSVP reply by date so you can ensure you have accurate numbers well in advance.
SERVICE CARDS (ORDER OF DAY/SERVICE)
Order of the day/service information is generally handed out or left on a chair at the venue so your guests have a full itinerary of the day’s proceedings, Many companies offer different style and really the choice is down to you, some things to you might want to include are;
Bride & Grooms names (must have really)
Venue name and Wedding Date
Details of hymns, music, readings
TABLE SEATING PLANS, MENUS, PLACE CARDS
If you’re planning a large scale wedding with a sit down wedding breakfast then a seating or table plan is usually displayed at the entrance leading to the dining area. I’ve seen some funky designs over the last few years some I may blog about at a later date.
The menu card is just a courtesy to your guests so that they know what it is that they will be eating during the wedding breakfast as it would have been such a long time ago when they chose they may not be able to remember.
If you have a seating plan then place cards are a must have item. These will allow guests to find their seats without fuss on your wedding day.
THANK YOU CARDS
This is just your way of saying “Thank You” to everyone who came to celebrate your special day or for those gifts left by guests during the evening. To make things a little more personal try speaking with your photographer about having a wedding photo printed as a card to provide a nice little memento.
Here are a few different companies from around the UK who specialise in wedding stationery and would be happy to help with your needs for the big day.
Stephoney Stationery – Custom Stationery Designers
Stephoney Stationery specialises in handmade invitations for weddings, bachelorette parties , engagement parties, anniversaries, children’s parties, christenings and all occasions worth attending. If you’re want that bespoke design then contact Stephoney Stationery and they will design you something that is personal to suit your needs.
You will note that they also provide a wonderful personal fingerprint guestbook which could be hung as wall art after your special day.
Facebook Page: Stephoney-Stationery
Website (currently under construction): Stephoney- Stationery Website
A few short words from Stephoney Stationery
“We are a unique online store and pride ourselves in doing everything we can to help you find exactly what you are looking for. We create bespoke stationery made for you and you only make your stationery stand out from the rest. We offer a wide selection of quality cards with matching envelopes. We also cater for weddings abroad and same sex civil partnerships. Let your wedding day start with us. Stephoney Stationery will provide you with the highest quality, personal one to one friendly service and a free design consultation which is next to none.”
Personal Touch Cards and Gifts
Personal Touch Cards and Gifts was established back in 2005, They offer a bespoke range of party needs, invites, guestbooks, post boxes, place cards, pew ends banners and much more. They can offer you unique handmade cards, invitations in different colours which can be personalised to suit your occasion.
Facebook Page: Personal Touch Cards
Website: Personal Touch Cards Website
Products on offer from Personal Touch Cards & Gifts: Handmade embellishments and die cuts, helium balloons, invitations, guestbooks, favours and pew ends, pull bows, balloon boxes banners and much more.
Why not contact Suzanne using her contact page on the website for a competitive quote.
Tatty Lashes – Bespoke Handcrafted Stationery
Tatty Lashes a small family run business who believe in providing good quality products using only the best materials available. They personally hand-make all of their stationery and can offer you a vast array of materials and colours – anything you want to compliment your style or theme for your special day. Not only do they make stylish invitations they also make every other item of stationery you might need for your special day – table plans, Order of service booklets, save the date cards, thank you cards, menus, place cards as well as memory boxes and guest books, and sweet buffet stationery.
Facebook Page: Tatty Lashes
Website: Tatty Lashes Website
Why we stand out from the rest….
“We have NO set designs, we are completely bespoke and this means we can work with all our couples to create something very unique to them.”
I’d like to thank all the wedding stationery companies for their participation in the feature, I’m sorry I couldn’t use all of the companies who made contact but keep your eyes open for future articles…