So you’re starting to think about Wedding Invitations for your big day, you’ve done a bunch of Googling and you’ve quickly gone from “Oh, this will be easy!” to “Wait, do we have to send save the dates?” quickly followed by “Damn, I didn’t think about menu cards!”…sound familiar? Don’t panic! We (I don’t know why I say “we” as there’s only one of me, but anyhoo….) here at The Queenstown Wedding Blog have thought of everything so you don’t have to. So let’s beat this whole Wedding Stationery thing into shape for you so you can get on with your life (and the rest of your wedding planning).
There is a lot more to wedding stationery than meets the eye. Your Wedding Invitations are a very important part of your wedding because those pretty little pieces of card will inform all of your guests of the who, the what, and the when of it all. So, here are some simple tips on how to nail your Wedding Invitations, Save The Date cards and the rest of your Wedding Stationery.
Save the Date Cards
Based on a one-year engagement, Save The Dates should be sent out 4-6 months prior to your wedding date. Save The Dates aren’t crucial, but they can be very important depending on your guest count and location. If you’re planning a destination wedding, definitely plan to order your Save The Date cards online to get them done early. This will give your guests advance notice that travel is part of the gig. Even if you’re not doing a destination wedding you might want to consider Save The Date Cards if you are planning a larger or more formal wedding.
On the other hand, if you are a low-key bride, have plans for a short engagement, or are planning a small weddingSave The Dates aren’t necessary and you might be better off putting that time, money and energy into other aspects of your wedding stationery or wedding planning.
Wedding invitations are the bread and butter of wedding stationery. All of the other details are nice to include and super helpful for guests, but at the end of the day, your wedding invitation is what counts! Your guests will pay most attention to the invitation and are more likely to keep their invitations as opposed to direction cards or Save The Dates. The cool thing about wedding invitations is, you can really make them what you want. You can keep them as simple as you would like or as informative/decorative as you would like. Each wedding is different which makes every wedding invitation different. But as a rule of thumb names, location, and date are all you really need. Some companies allow for double-sided invites so you can decorate the back or include a photo on the front. The options are endless! Just be sure to put your wedding invitation at the forefront.
The Wedding Suite
What goes into a wedding suite? Well, that depends. A standard wedding suite is made up of a single wedding invitation and up to five enclosure cards making a full wedding suite six pieces of stationery. This is where you can pick and choose what suits your wedding best. For examples, if the ceremony and reception are at the same venue there is no need to include a reception card. A good rule of thumb: if it doesn’t apply, let it fly.
Standard enclosure cards include:
- Direction cards
- Accommodation cards
- Reception cards
- Registry cards
- Pocket Envelopes
For larger wedding suites, pocket envelopes are a nice touch. Rather than going with the standard look of individual cards wrapped in a belly band and placed inside a single envelope, pocket envelopes will house your cards in an organized and aesthetically pleasing way with your wedding invitation on the left inside flap and your enclosure cards stacked nicely on the right inside pocket.
When choosing a pocket envelope some brides decide to dress it up even more by adding a sticker to seal it shut. A monogrammed or dated stamp is always a cute accessory!
Wedding Day Details
Wedding day stationery is often overlooked, but such a nice detail to include in your big day. Day of stationery can help inform your guests of the days festivities, keep the flow of your day going smoothly and act as gorgeous details! Standard wedding day stationery includes:
- Wedding programs
- Place cards
- Menu cards
- Guest books
Hopefully this gives all you brides a better idea of what’s in store and how to get the most out of your wedding invites.
Let the professionals do all the work
If you want to take all the stress and guesswork out of planning your wedding stationery, check out professional wedding stationery outfits like Basic Invite, an online stationery design company. (You can see more of their stuff on Pinterest here and on instagram here). They have over 180 colors, countless font choices, multiple paper types and car cuts, free address printing, and so much more! You can order everything from a vintage wedding invitation to name cards for the table.
I hope you find this info useful in getting a grip on your wedding stationery! I have added Basic Invite to our Venues Page and will add more wedding stationery providers (hopefully including some local ones) when I can.