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Wedding Stationery

Wedding Stationery can be very confusing. But just like any other part of wedding planning, it's all about figuring out what it is you really want.  So read on for what every single card is for, you can then decide which ones are must-haves and which ones you can skip to save some of your wedding budget.

Save-The-Date Cards

Sent 6 to 12 months before your wedding date, the save-the-dates give guests their first peek at your plans.  If you have included the venue details as well as the date then it enables them to make initial enquiries regarding travel and accommodation arrangements well in advance.  If you have a number of guests travelling quite far for your wedding and you are getting married on a bank holiday weekend then the more notice they have the better

You don’t really need to spend money on Save The Date Cards if you are planning your wedding within about 3-4 months as they’ll get the notice they need from the invitation.  This is especially true if your wedding is local and most of your guests are travelling from the same area.

Wedding Invitations

They give guests the date, time and place of your wedding -- and request their RSVPs so you know who's coming and can confirm venue and catering arrangements.

There's no getting around having wedding invitations. Even if you're only inviting a dozen guests, it still merits a printed card. include RSVP cards too; they make it easier to keep track of who's coming -- and who still needs to let you know.

If you want to save money skip the separate RSVP card and have the RSVP details printed inside the invitation card.

Order of Day Cards

They let your guests know what's going on during the ceremony: the order of events, explanations of religious customs, who's who in the wedding party and any other info you want to give. It's also a perfect chance to thank all of your guests for coming.

If you're having a ceremony that's small, brief or both, an order of day card isn't too important. Some guests may not even remember to grab theirs.

You may want to consider order of service books if you're having a very large wedding, the pages of your order of service offer a place where you can welcome all of your loved ones at once.  Likewise, if your ceremony includes traditions that guests may not be familiar with, your order of service lets you explain these basics so guests can be part of the ceremony instead of being bewildered by it.

You can include whatever you want in your order of service, from favourite poems to your proposal story to photographs from your engagement shoot. One useful idea: Put a map of how to get from the ceremony to the reception venue on the inside of the back cover if you're holding your events in two different places.

Place Cards

These are placed on the table so guests know where they are to sit for the reception venue.  It's a good idea to assign guests' seats instead of letting them choose their own. Otherwise, your grandparents can get stuck at the back while your fiance's work colleagues sit nearest the wedding party.

You don’t need place cards if you are hoping to have your friends mingle.  Couples, friends and families will pick seats near each other.  Guests do like to be able to sit with people they know.

Menus

Whether you're having a brunch buffet or a multi course plated dinner, these let your guests know what they're about to enjoy and what choices they may have.
 
If you're having a buffet, you can simply post signs at various stations explaining what's what.  If the info is only on the menu card, your guests may not remember the options anyway!  But even for a seated dinner -- especially one where guests don't get to choose their entrees -- everyone will simply eat whatever is served to them when it arrives. Not knowing what's for dinner can actually build suspense -- in a good way!

A menu is also an opportunity to give guests special information about the foods that you've chosen, like if certain eats are locally grown, organic, vegan or Kosher, for example.  Also consider detailing the wines you have selected to be served with each dish.  It is usual to select both a red and white wine and then a sparkling wine for the toasts.

If you don't want the added cost of all those cards, consider doing one larger menu card per table.  Or consider laying a large one out with a note instructing your guests to pass it around. That's a sure fire way to get them talking!

Wedding Favours

Are treats you've bought your guests to offer a final thank-you before they go.  They are usually left by their plates for them to take home when the reception ends.  You can give out separate gifts for boys and girls.

Wedding Thank You Cards

Thanking guests for attending your wedding and giving you gifts.

You must send a personal thank-you note for each and every gift you receive, whether they were wedding gifts or engagement gifts.  Even if guests of yours "forgot" to bring a gift (and still haven't remembered a month later), show them that you're grateful that they helped you celebrate. These also let you play the part of gracious host, particularly if you had a large wedding and didn't find time to talk extensively with everyone who was there.

Start writing your thank-you cards as soon as you start receiving gifts. Even though it's hard to squeeze them in pre wedding, it's much better than sitting down and writing them all at once in your post honeymoon bliss. Send them no more than two weeks after receiving early wedding gifts and six weeks after getting back from your honeymoon.

 

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