One of the most frequently asked questions surrounding weddings. It can seem confusing, and at times overwhelming. We’ve all received those invitations through the post, you know, the ones tied up in lace, with what feels like 15 pieces of card inside.
Let’s get one thing straight. This is not a list of wedding stationery you need, it's a list of wedding stationery you can choose from. Not everyone opts for everything, we all work to different a wedding budget, and finding your perfect stationer means they will guide you through what your options are for your budget.
I’m going to give you a list of what stationery options you have, detail some of the extras, and give you an idea on a timeline on when to send wedding invitations. Plus I give you the lowdown on what order the other stationery comes in.
Save the date cards
Used to announce your wedding date, useful for your guests to plan ahead, especially if your chosen date is during a busy time of year, think summer holidays etc. Not essential to send out, but thoughtful towards your guests and ensures they know your date and dont double book you.
Your main wedding invitation suite
Invitations: This can be made up simply of one wedding invitation, some couples have a dedicated wedding website so choose to send out paper invitations as a beautiful announcement and keepsake for guests but with no other information needed in print.
Wedding RSVP cards: Useful to include with invitations, this is mainly for you to keep track of who’s attending. It’s also a good chance to collect your guests menu choices or dietary requirements and even give them space to request songs for the evening.
Wedding detail cards (also known as wedding information cards): Handy to give all those finer details to your guests, like accommodation, taxi’s, food choices, a map etc. Sometimes this can be printed on the back of your wedding invitation if you choose to go double sided.
Evening wedding invitations: Used to send to your evening wedding guests, same as your day invitation, just with the evening start time.
Gift list: You can also include a separate gift list card, or this can be included within your details on the detail card.
Extras: These optional extras can really add a feeling of luxury to your stationery, and give your guests a glimpse of what they can expect at your wedding. You can add things like a calligraphy addressed wedding envelope, vellum wraps, wax seals, tassels, foiling and different folding.
There are different options now for digital download invitations, which you can print at home if you’re on a smaller budget. I will say that there's something so special and exciting about receiving a beautifully printed and put together wedding stationery suite in the post and keeping hold of it as a memento.
On the day wedding stationery checklist
These are things you will want to consider as part of your stationery budget.
Order of service booklets - to give to your guests at your ceremony.
Wedding place name cards - for your guests to find their seats.
Wedding seating board - a visual list of where your guests are seated and at what table. Welcome sign - a lovely addition, can also match the design of your seating chart and is a lovely keepsake after.
Table names/numbers - so many options out there from acrylic to glass and even vellum. Favour cards - a lovely touch i’ve seen recently at weddings is to have a favour card that swaps out an actual favour for a donation at a charity.
Menu cards - give your guests a choice on the day, or simply state what they have pre-chosen with a beautiful menu card on the plates.
Signage - other signage can include anything from sweet cart signs to toilet signs, or even a polaroid sign and guestbook sign.
One last note on invitations and stationery
There are also lots of themes to consider, try and pick something that partners with your wedding style. Going with a romantic wedding theme? Try pastel colours and gold foiling. Outdoor or botanical wedding theme? Botanical greenery wedding invitations with vellum are gorgeous. Modern wedding? Something simple but stand out like burgundy and gold wedding invitations with a matching suite. Vintage? Art Deco inspired wedding stationery is really on trend. If you’d like some more wedding invitations ideas then head over to my social channels for constant wedding invitation ideas, inspo and updates.
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Buck and Bear is based near Cambridge and London in the UK. My online shop has all kinds of stationery so whether you’re after a whole botanical wedding invitation suite, or custom wedding invites, calligraphy wedding invitations or entire calligraphy wedding stationery sets, there’s something there for everyone.