10 Steps To Creating The Perfect Wedding Stationery
It’s never too early to start thinking about your wedding stationery. Your invitations will set the tone for your day and should be unique to you & your partner reflecting your style & the style of the day. Below as some tips for designing your perfect stationery, which I hope you’ll find helpful.
1. Consider your style
Whether you’re planning a traditional Wedding with all the trimmings, an uber modern gathering or a relaxed garden party, your invitations will give your guests their first glimpse of your wedding day. Your invites should reflect your style and entice your guests!
2. Choose your colour scheme
If you have one your colour scheme will usually reflect the colour of your Bridesmaids’ Dresses and/ or Flowers and will run throughout your day from the invitations to the thank you notes.
3. Samples, samples, samples
The web is obviously a fantastic way of viewing a huge variety of invitation styles. But to really see the quality of the craftsmanship and colours of your favourite designs you need to see them in the flesh! Most stationers offer samples so don’t be shy about requesting them. Then you can gather all your samples & swatches together to see how they all compare!
4. Get creative
If you are trying to create a bespoke design or have a specific vision in mind it’s worth speaking to your stationer either by phone or appointment to talk through your ideas.
5. Plan your wording
Again this should reflect your style, whether that’s informal, formal, traditional or quirky. Consider who will host your wedding. Should the invitations come from your parents, your selves or a combination of the two? There are lots of examples online and again your stationer should be able to advise on etiquette and provide some examples. Don’t forget to include The Date, Time, Venue, Dress Code – if required, RSVP addresses & return by date – if required.
6. Finishing touches
Do you want to include any motifs or flourishes to the invitations? If you have a specific theme, sport or hobby which really reflects you & your partner or the wedding venue a motif is a great way to incorporate this. Your stationer should be able to provide you with some motifs if you contact them with a specific idea. We’ve been asked in the past for everything from Butterflies to Bikes!
For those without a specific theme, Monograms are very popular. They can be of your names & wedding date, the location or just your initials. Motifs & Monograms look great when repeated throughout your stationery suite giving a feeling of continuity to your place cards, menus, order of service booklets, table plans, favours etc.
Flourishes are a great way of dividing up some of the text, for example separating the RSVP date or Dress Code from the main body of the invitation. Again these can be repeated throughout the stationery suite, between the courses on the menu for example.
7. Reply cards & information sheets.
If you want to encourage a speedy reply from your guests it’s a good idea to include an RSVP card with pre-address return envelope. You could even pop a stamp on it too!
If your guests will need to arrange accommodation or transport it’s a nice gesture to include an information sheet. This is also the ideal place to include details such as Directions, your Gift List or a running order for the day. If you’re not inviting children to the wedding you may prefer to include this on the information sheet rather than on the invitation itself.
8. The Guest list
Remember it’s usually 1 invitation per household, not one per guest (you’ll be surprised how many couples forget that!). It’s worth ordering some extras to allow for any mistakes when writing and any last minute additions!
Beautiful handwritten calligraphy is the perfect finishing touch to your invitations. Remember to allow extra lead-time if you’d like to include this.
When it comes to proofs check, check & check again! Your stationer will create some proofs for you of your chosen design. These will usually be emailed over to you in the form of a PDF. At Cardlab we don’t charge to create PDF proofs or for changes to them, however some stationers do charge for amendments or offer only a couple of changes for free so it’s worth double checking with them their policy at the outset.
You’ll have final responsibility for approving the proofs so ask your Mum / Dad / Maid of Honour/ Best Man etc to read over the proofs to avoid any costly mistakes.