Wedding Stationery - what do you need?

by Owen Relfe

As the height of the wedding season fast approaches, we are eagerly awaiting the sound of a chunky envelope or two, dropping onto our doormat. It’s always an exciting moment, opening a wedding invitation and scanning through all the details of the day. It’s also the first glimpse your guests have into your wedding, and can really set the tone of the day. Here we’re taking a look at what you need to think about when it comes to wedding stationary.

What do we actually need?

When we talk ‘wedding stationary’ we’re not solely referring to invitations. Your requirements will vary depending on the style of your wedding and your budget but here is a list of the typical elements to consider when planning your stationary, especially if you’d like it all to match as a set.

• Save the date cards

• Invitations – these may include the main details, plus RSVP card, inner envelope, outer envelope, map and directions

• Evening invitation

• Order of service/ceremony

• Order of the day

• Seating/table plan

• Place cards

• Table names/numbers

• Menu

Optional extras you may also like to consider

• Hen/stag do invitations

• Hen/stag do thank you cards

• Wedding thank you cards

• Signage

How do we go about choosing a design?

When you start planning your wedding, you’ll hear the word ‘theme’ a lot, and your stationery should reflect whatever you have chosen. Try and incorporate your colour palette as well as the style of your venue and the feel of your day.

Head over to Pinterest!

Love it or hate it, Pinterest is a great way to get some inspiration. Spend a little time scrolling and pinning and even if you still feel overwhelmed by the options you’ll soon start to see a theme emerging of the sort of things you like. It’s a good place to start.

Colour palette

Many couples choose to reflect their wedding colours in their stationery and their bridal party attire. Why not mirror the colour of your bridesmaid’s dresses in your invites for example. Or, if you have a range of colours in your chosen palette, reflect this in a beautiful invitation suite, choosing a different colour for each element (invite, rsvp card, directions etc).

Style

Romantic, vintage, rustic, boho, modern… When it comes to wedding styles the options are endless and there aren’t many that we haven’t seen (and we generally love them all)! For your guests, your wedding invitation will be a teaser of what to expect for the day ahead so try and reflect your theme. Planning a sophisticated day? Consider a minimalist design. Hosting a garden-party wedding? Incorporate your wedding flowers into your design.

Talk to an expert

If you have it in your budget, consider a bespoke design. We absolutely love From Sally With Love. Sally’s designs start your wedding story. She creates pieces that are unique to you, reflect your day and offer consistency throughout. Not only does she come up with beautiful artwork using your venue, colour and personality for inspiration, she will also help you choose your words (and we could write a separate blog on what to include on a wedding invite)! We also adore her bespoke wedding maps.

How much should we budget?

This is a bit of a ‘how long is a piece of string’ questions as it will all depend on your requirements, number of elements, style and quantities. It’s thought that on average couples spend £300 on invitations alone. Things that will add additional cost include the use of ribbon, twine, embossing, edging and wax seals. When it comes to invitations, don’t forget postage costs too. Before you make your final decision, it is worth putting together a sample envelope and taking it to the post office to check how much it will cost to post. Here are a few tips to help keep the costs down:

• Find an existing design

• Don’t personalise invites with guest names when printing (write them on yourself)

• Limit the number of materials (i.e. ribbon, twine, gold trim)

• Don’t include RSVP cards (but be prepared for chasing for replies)

• Consider leaving out map and directions (unless your venue is particularly remote)

• Hand deliver invites

• Check, check and check again to avoid a second print run!

Should we make our own?

A custom stationery suite will have real impact, but if it’s not in your budget and you’re thinking about going down the DIY route, consider it carefully before you make a final decision. First and foremost, by using a designer you’re buying their skill and experience. Not only will they design something beautiful just for you, they will arrange the materials and printing too. If you design your own you will also need to factor in either print shop costs, or the cost of a good quality printer, ink and paper (and trust us – when it comes to paper and card the options are pretty overwhelming). A wedding takes a lot of time and if you’re all ready busy with work and family life, you’ll need to set aside a decent chunk of time to research designs, materials, envelopes and printing options.
It’s much more common to see the DIY side of things come into play with elements such as the order of the day and signage. If you’re having an outdoor, rustic wedding these can look fantastic chalked onto old pallets and decorated with flowers.

Do we even need stationery?

As expert event organisers, our answer would be ‘yes’, simply because it helps your guest prepare for, and enjoy the day. However, if you want to keep things to a minimum there are ways to cut back. You might for example, decide to simply create a wedding website and email or text all your guests a link. If you go down this route, be sure to create a way of collecting RSVPs and it’s worth re-sending everyone the link the week of the wedding so there is no last minute panic about when they need to arrive and where they are going! An order of day is also useful - guests like to know what is happening, no one wants to nip to the toilet only to find they have missed the start of the speeches!

And finally, for the really quirky…

The great thing about your wedding is that you can put your stamp on every single element. If you want a day with a difference then start at the very beginning and get creative with your invites – here are some ideas to get you started.

• A balloon invite

• A wedding tea towel

• Seed paper

• Create a wedding passport (great for destination weddings)

• Fridge magnet (great for save the date)

• Ticket and wristband (great for festival style weddings)

• Wooden wedding invite

• Chocolate bar with bespoke wrapper

We hope this has given you lots of ideas. We’d thoroughly recommend getting in touch with From Sally With Love or take a look at her Instagram @fromsallywithlove

Take Care

The Coastal Tents Team xxxx