Choosing Your Wedding Stationery
For today’s Wedding post, I would like to share some tips for choosing your wedding stationery. From showing your personal style with your invites, choosing the best colours for you and your day and how many invites you actually need to order.
Defining Your Style
When you order your invitations and send them out to your guests, this will be your guests first interaction with your wedding style and they will probably use this to see what kind of day your wedding will be. Everything about your invitation, from the wording, to the shape and style of your design will give them hints as to how formal your day might be, or what to expect when it comes to your venue or decorations.
Before you start looking for and planning what wedding stationery you will want to use for your day, you should think about the kind of feel you want your day to have. A simple word is best to start with, so do you want your wedding to be a classic and elegant affair, glam and modern, or relaxed and rustic? Once you know what feel you want your day to have, you can develop your theme by researching more about the word you’ve chosen and start to look through stationery designers websites collecting inspiration as you go. Then you can just give all this info to your stationer so they can get an idea of what you’d like to have designed just for you.
When you’re thinking about your wedding and the kind of feel you want your day to have, you’ll also need to start thinking about the colours you want to use. You might want to incorporate your specific colours and a customised monogram into your wedding invitations? Then you can carry these pieces through to the rest of your wedding stationery (like the RSVPS, menu cards and order of service programs) to give everything a more cohesive look — or as some people would say, to create your ‘wedding brand’
While choosing what colours to use, look at actual wedding photos and features, so when one wedding appeals to you because of its colours, try to see why that is. If the images are full of ivory, cream or white, paired with a black and gold elements, this would give your day more of a classic feel and would make it seem quite formal. On the other hand if the wedding that inspired you used lots of bright colours, metallics and other fun stuff like fancy envelope liners, coloured confetti or huge colourful balloons — this would give your day a completely different feel.
Triple Check The Proofs
Once you’ve decided on what stationery you’d like, in what style, and you’ve chosen your wedding colours, it’s time to focus on the wording. Before your stationery order is printed, your stationery designer will send you a sample of your stationery as either a finished printed/cut piece in the post or as a digital copy by email. All you need to do then is really check the details and that everything is worded correctly, spaced correctly and most importantly — that all the details are there — like people’s names, times and the right address for your venue. It’s a good idea to get a few people to read over the wording so nothing gets missed as you might have read it so many times that you just skim over it and miss obvious mistakes, where someone else might see them straight away. It’s a small step in ordering your stationery, but it’s an important one, so just remember to check, check and check the proof again before you okay it with your designer, as mistakes can sometimes be expensive.
Count Households not People
When you order your invitations — remember to order a few extras (along with a few extra RSVPS) just in case you make any mistakes when addressing them, or for any unexpected guests — but remember, not every guest needs their own individual invite. When working out your guest list, you will need to figure out how many households will need invitations before you give your stationery designer a number and not the number of individual people being invited.
This might be able to significantly lower your order amount as couples get one invitation (which will also be for their children if you’re having children at your wedding and them) For couples living apart, you can either send one invite to the guest you’re closer to (and include both names), or just send out separate invitations if it could get complicated and this would be easier. When inviting families, they will only need one invitation addressed to their family name.n Any exceptions? Well, when it comes to older children who don’t live at home (like students) or anyone over 18 who still lives at home should get their own invitation.
If you’re interested in getting bespoke lasercut invitations, Save the Dates, or RSVPS, why not get in touch to discuss your ideas!