Choosing Your Wedding Stationery
One of the major jobs facing the bride and groom to-be when they start planning their wedding is to order their wedding stationery. A few years ago this might just have meant buying some invitations locally and sending them off, but it has become more complicated. Let me take you through the stationery items that you might need.
The following are to be sent out in advance of the wedding.
Save the Date cards - These should be sent out as soon as you have a wedding date planned, so that guests can keep the day free. Think carefully before sending them out, as you wouldn't want to send one to someone who later didn't receive an invitation.
Invitations - Send these out to your guests in plenty of time, preferably a few months before the big day. These may be split into daytime and evening invitations, if you are having some entertainment for your friends after the reception.
RSVP cards - not essential, but they could be sent out with the invitations to prompt a reply.
For the wedding day.
Order of Service cards - These will be handed out at the wedding venue, and will outline how the ceremony will proceed.
Table Plans and Table Numbers - These will be useful at the reception venue to guide guests to their allotted seats.
Place Cards - These will have the guests names on, and will indicate their place at the table.
After the Wedding.
Thank You cards - You may wish to send out cards to your guests, thanking them for being part of your special day, and also thanking them for any presents given. These cards may be blank inside so that you can write your own message.
Now that you know the items of stationery you might need, you just need to track down a supplier. You may look locally, or choose to shop online where there are hundreds of wedding stationery businesses waiting for your custom. Most of these will have a wide range of styles, and will be happy to send out samples for you to inspect. Your stationery will look best if you choose one design and stick to it for all your needs, though your might want to send out your save the date cards before you have finalised the rest of your stationery.
As an alternative, or if you need to keep the cost down, you might consider making your own wedding stationery, and there are online businesses that will supply what you need. Why not get some friends to help you, especially any with design skills, and put your own stamp on your stationery.
Try to enjoy choosing your wedding stationery, even if the huge range on offer can seem bewildering. Just give your supplier plenty of time to prepare your chosen items.