Wedding stationery is one of the central aspects of a wedding day. Most importantly it sets in motion a chain of events that lead to one of the biggest days of your life. Wedding stationery notifies your guests of your wedding date, helps them with travel arrangements, guides them through your ceremony, seats them at your reception and then thanks them for their generosity and attendance. To give you a better idea of what is available, Loving Invitations have created a list of stationery that you may require for your wedding day.
What Wedding Stationery should you send your guests ?
Save the dates.
These are posted 9-12 months before your big day. They can be as simple as a small card about the size of a business or postcard or indeed you can be a little more creative and do something fun and different that might give hints to what your guests can expect at the wedding. Normally they will have just your names, wedding date and say something like ‘Save the date’ with ‘Invitation to follow’. Save the date cards are a growing trend in Ireland as many of our friends and family are now living abroad and need time to arrange holidays and flights.
The most important part of your wedding stationery.Your invitation invites your guests to your wedding ceremony and reception and informs them of the date, time, location[s], who is hosting the wedding, what the dress code is, when and how guests should RSVP. In Ireland, we tend to send our invites about 8-12 weeks before the wedding. If you have an A and B guests list you might want to send your invites earlier than this to allow you time to invite a second round of guests. If you are having a destination wedding you should send these much sooner, 9-12 months before the wedding.
Posted with your invitation, these cards allow your guests to tell you whether they are attending or not. They also give guests the opportunity to let you know if they have any dietary or special requirements. If you are providing transportation to or from any of the wedding events it allows them to RSVP to these as well. Your final RSVP date should fall no sooner than 2 weeks before the wedding. But perhaps ideally 1 month before. Again, if you are inviting both an A and B guest list to your wedding you’ll need to adjust that accordingly.
Top Tip… some guests may forget to sign their RSVP cards so it can be a good idea to number each RSVP card and keep a record of it incase you get any blanks back 🙂
Additional information cards
These are optional cards with information such as GPS coordinates, directions and accommodation in the area and are useful to help out of town guests.
This card informs your guests of other events prior to or following your wedding, such as a welcome party the night before, or a second day BBQ.
As the name suggests these list the Itinerary of Events that surround the wedding. Very useful for the Wedding Party themselves they can list key appointments and activities that those in your Wedding Party need to attend. Things like Welcome Drinks, Rehearsals & Dinners, Beauty Appointments or Social Outings that are planned.
You can also have similar Itinerary Cards made for guests who might be staying in the area for a few days if you now there are local activities on that they might enjoy or indeed if you’ve planned or arranged specific ones for them.
What Wedding Stationery can you have at the ceremony ?
Ceremony Booklet or Order of Service.
A Ceremony Booklet or Order of Service is used at your wedding ceremony and contains the names of your bridal party, name of your officiant, readings, poems, chosen songs and music etc. These differ between different religious ceremonies and can also be used for civil ceremonies.
Tears of Joy Tissues
Ok, this is not strictly wedding stationery, but still a really lovely little idea to include in your ceremony. Little packs of ‘Tears of Joy’ Tissues either for just the Wedding Party or indeed all the guests are a lovely little way to capture and wipe away all those happy tears.
What Wedding Stationery do you have at a reception ?
A beautifully designed table plan at the entrance of your reception will be a fabulous addition. On a practical level it informs your guests of which table they are seated as to avoid any confusion. Many venues require you to seat guests to a table [ but not necessarily a seat ].
These can be used either in conjunction with or in place of a table plan. An Escort Card is similar to a place name card in that it also has the guests name on it. But for an Escort Card the full name of the guest will certainly be listed as will the table that guest has been seated at. Escort Cards are generally displayed at the drinks reception or in the foyer or entry way of the dining room. Guests can pick up their Escort Card and place it at their chosen seat [ thus reserving their seat ] at the dining table in advance of the meal.
Place Cards [optional ]
Place cards are placed at the seat of each guest and inform him or her where to sit. They are used in conjunction with a Table Plan but rarely with Escort Cards.
The Menu informs your guests of the meal ahead. It can contain the food options or set menu. Menus are not essential for a buffet style reception.
What Wedding Stationery do you send after the wedding?
Thank You Cards
Thank You Cards are sent to your guests shortly after the wedding, thanking them for their kind gifts and for their attendance. You may want to include a beautiful photo from your wedding day also to remind your guests of the amazing day you all had.
Where possible, you should aim to send Thank you cards for any gifts you received for your wedding as soon as you return from Honeymoon, however, etiquette allows up to 3 months and for some couples who marry in the Summer they may push this out until Christmas as its also customary to send anyone who attended your wedding or sent you a wedding gift a Christmas card the year you marry.
Today’s Guest Post is brought to us by …
The lovely Linda Curtis from Loving Invitations. Loving Invitations are an Irish Wedding Stationery Store specialising in wedding invitations with a contemporary feel. They have a wide range of Rustic, Floral, Illustrative and Laser Cut wedding stationery designs. You can contact them at 056 7806064 or email firstname.lastname@example.org