Wedding stationery not only adds a personal touch but it’s also the first look at your wedding. Here’s our guide to what you need to know
It’ll be one of the first things you pick out when you begin planning your special day but wedding stationery is often overlooked and underestimated. Beautiful wedding invites and the stationery that follows set the tone for your big day and give your guests a little insight into what the occasion is going to be like – whether that’s a traditional and formal event or a more laid back and relaxed soiree.
So, considering that it’s the first look for your big day, we think there needs to be some serious thought attached to wedding stationery. We’ve put together this handy guide to steer you in the right direction.
1. Do shop around
There are hundreds of places to go when it comes to wedding stationery. A search on google will bring up pages and pages of companies offering packages, discounts and ‘exclusive’ deals. But don’t be blindsided by low prices. You need to look into a few options to ensure you get the best quality and price for the stationery you need. If you are on a tight budget, consider what are the most important elements for you to include in your printed stationery and go from there.
2. Do stick to a theme
Wedding stationery doesn’t stop at save-the-date cards and invites, although these are arguably two of the most important. But it’s a good idea to keep a running theme for your stationery throughout and if this matches the colours or theme on your big day even better. You can usually purchase a stationery package that can include everything from events before the wedding to your actual wedding day and after – from hen party invitations and save-the-date cards to invitations, RSVP cards, wedding instructions, place cards, thank you cards and more – and it’ll add a special touch if they are all done to a specific design.
3. Do think outside the box
When deciding on stationery, you don’t have to always go for the traditional printed cards and envelopes. You can always start a wedding website and send out all your admin via email. You will save on postage and this could then free up some of your budget to invest in stationery for the day – such as place cards, programmes, keepsakes and more.
4. Don’t DIY
Unless you are a graphic designer or have a real flair for photoshop, designing your own invitations could be more of a disaster than a cost-saver. Yes, we are all looking to keep costs down when planning a wedding but this might not be the best place to start. There are lots of websites which make designing your invitations easy for a relatively low price. But there is no harm in asking a friend who is a graphic design whizz to help you out as a wedding gift either!
5. Don’t underestimate numbers
Make sure you have your guest list finalised before you start ordering or finalising your wedding stationery. Most packages will be based on a particular number but some will be more bespoke to your requirements and there is nothing worse than being short a few invitations. Stick to your guest list and add a few on just in case (if it doesn’t hike the price).
6. Don’t go wild
It can be tempting to make a real statement with your wedding invitations – extravagant designs that come with velvet-lined boxes and require a courier to deliver will not be as appreciated as you think. Sure, it will luxurious but most people will be happy with a beautiful card or a funky email and enough information for them to be able to respond appropriately.