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What is Stationery at a Wedding

September 7, 2022

Wedding Stationery seems pretty straightforward, right? Invitations and RSVP cards
But as you start to think through all of the different aspects of a wedding you will find that wedding stationery is so much more.

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Wedding Stationery

Wedding Stationery seems pretty straightforward, right? Invitations and RSVP cards
But as you start to think through all of the different aspects of a wedding you will find that wedding stationery is so much more.

  • Thank you cards
  • Ceremony programs
  • Reception menus
  • Table# cards
  • Escort and place cards
  • and the list goes on

Then you have other things to consider: paper, printing, and presentation. It can get really complicated, real fast.
It may not seem like it, but as your stationery designer I do more than design and print your invitations. I am your personal stationery consultant, here to help you navigate through all of your options.

Pre Wedding Stationery

The save-the-date and invitations are your weddings first impressions and will set the tone for the entire event.

Save-the-Date Cards – are very important for destination weddings, or weddings near a major holiday. If you are staying local or planning a small intimate wedding, save-the-dates may not be necessary.

Invitation Suite – Your invitation is the first impression guests will have of your celebration. They should communicate the who, when and where of the event, while offering a sneak peek in to your story.

  • RSVP cards – You can use this to collect more than just names and head count. 
  • Event Detail cards – Make it easy on your guests by providing a map/directions (your out-of-towners will thank you). You may also want to include your wedding website and other relevant details.

Other Pre Wedding Stationery

  • Engagement Party
  • Bridal Party proposals (Would you be my Bridesmaid? / Groomsmen?)
  • Bridal Shower
  • Rehearsal Dinner

Day-of Wedding Stationery

Ceremony Stationery

Wedding Vows – You definitely don’t want to forget you’re vows, if you will be reciting your own. Have them written on a pretty piece of paper or in a card to have your maid of honor hold until you’re ready for them at the altar. As your stationery designer I could create a frame-able keepsake of your vows.

Ceremony Programs – As with most big events, you want to know what’s happening and when? YOUR wedding is no different, especially if you are having a traditional Catholic or Jewish ceremony.

Reserved/In Honor of cards – Signage that identifies seating for those who want to have the best seat in the house/church. Mark an empty seat to honor loved ones who have past away.

Wedding Stationery Photo Props

Reception Stationery

Table Number cards – Make sure your guests know where to sit by having each table labeled with a number or name.

Escort cards – are important for guests to know which table they will be sitting at. It will have their name and table number on it for them to find.

Menu cards – Creating a menu for guests to review as they take their seats. This will get them excited for the dishes to come.

Place cards – If there will be assigned seating at your wedding ensure your guests know where to sit by placing a name card at the top of the plate setting. This helps with organizing and making sure there are enough seats for everyone. These cards can also be used to indicate meal preferences.

Photo Props – His and Hers, Mr. and Mrs. signs can be a fun way to label your seats as newlyweds. This is definitely optional but always makes for a great photo-op.

Signage – This includes seating charts, guest book alternatives (poster, faux certificate), tables signs (buffet, dessert, cocktails), banners and any other large format signs/posters.

Other – dance floor decal, napkins, stir sticks, favor packaging, etc.

If you don’t see what you are looking for, please ask, I would love to work together to create something amazing and unique.

Post Wedding Stationery

Thank You cards – Believe it or not, you’ll start receiving gifts before you even walk down the aisle! Friends and family who are unable to attend may send their gift in advance. Send their “TY” immediately to minimize your workload after the wedding. Once you’re back from your honeymoon, kick into high gear to get them out no later than four weeks after the wedding.

For a timeline on ordering your wedding stationery check out this post: When Should You Order Wedding Invitations

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