Wedding Stationery Basics
Wedding stationery often carries the first and last messages that your guests receive about your wedding. Your wedding stationery can include Save the Dates and Invitations sent out months before your wedding day to Program covers and Menus used on the day, through to Thank You cards sent out once you’ve settled into married life.
Let’s go through some of the more popular pieces. We’ve also picked out a selection of our favourite examples from our Collection suites to show you.
1. Save the Dates
Traditionally sent out 6 to 14 months before your wedding, Save the Dates are usually necessary when you are either traveling to a destination for your wedding, or you have guests traveling from interstate or overseas that need a little more time to make travel plans. They are also a great opportunity to have a bit of fun with your design and give your guests a glimpse of your celebration to come.
These are the central part of your wedding stationery suite. Apart from the obvious purpose of letting your guests know they are invited, they also normally include information about ceremony and reception locations, dress code, event date and times. Sometimes, there can be a bit too much information for a single card, or you wish to use a simpler, more minimalist design. In these cases, much of this information can be added to accompanying pieces.
3. Response Cards
Finding out which guests are able to make it to your wedding is important, and there are a variety of ways to do this. Response cards offer a convenient way for your wedding guests to get back to you, not only with whether or not they are able to attend but also with other information, such as dietary requirements or meal preferences.
4. RSVP Postcards
An alternative to the Response card and envelope, the RSVP Postcard combines response and postage details onto the same card, saving the need for a separate printed envelope.
5. Gift Cards
Choosing the perfect gift can be difficult, so you may wish to include a Gift Card that helps guide your guests when searching. Depending on your wishes, you can include information about gift registries or types of gifts you would prefer, such as if you have a Wishing Well on the day, or if you prefer a contribution to your honeymoon. We also have wording suggestions if you're looking for some inspiration.
6. Information Cards
Sometimes our clients have other information that is helpful for their guests, such as transport arrangement, parking locations or post-wedding celebrations. These can be included in a separate information card. If there is only a small amount of information, one idea is to combine the gift suggestions onto this card as well.
7. Custom Map
If it’s difficult to concisely and clearly explain how to get to your wedding location, providing a clear and simple map can often be the best way to go. Using a custom design allows you to highlight the important landmarks and roads that your guests should use, and help them avoid a few U-turns.
8. A4 Program Covers
These pieces provide a beautiful addition to your wedding ceremony and a lovely keepsake for your guests. They are scored in the center, allowing them to be folded in half to form a booklet cover. You can then insert pages and bind the booklet together with ribbon or string.
9. Flat Programs
For simpler programs, flat single-sided cards can be a good choice. They generally include a brief order of service and list the wedding party, and make lovely keepsakes for your guests.
10. Menu Cards
Whether you are serving an à la carte, table d'hôte or buffet menu, menu cards not only allow guests to conveniently see the meal options but also can include additional information to help those with allergies or special dietary requirements choose their meals.
Bomboniere, the italian word for ‘favours’, are popular at many weddings. Among other small gifts and keepsakes, it traditionally includes 5 flavoured Jordan almonds wrapped inside a small fabric pouch and tied with a ribbon. Tags can be the perfect addition to favours and can be attached with ribbon or string. They make gorgeous keepsakes of your wedding day and can include a small thank you message to your guests.
12. Thank you cards
As a thank you to your guests for celebrating your wedding day with you, these cards often include a personal handwritten or printed message to your guests. They are usually sent out once you have returned from your honeymoon, but you don’t want to leave it much longer than 2 months to have them all sent. To make things simpler and easier, it’s often a good idea to order them at the same time as your invitations and other stationery. It also ensures a more cohesive and consistent look between all your wedding stationery pieces.
Bringing it all together
Regardless of which pieces you decide to include in your wedding stationery suite, having a consistent theme and style across your suite ties together all of the otherwise disparate messages to your wedding guests.
Our suites collection has many examples of how all these different pieces can be brought together as a cohesive whole through a consistent design style. You can also find pricing for each piece.
We also offer free samples which include a selection of the above pieces in a particular design. These are a great way to see first hand how all the various pieces can be brought together to create a distinctive style for your wedding.