CREATE YOUR STATIONERY
Take the chance to use colour and design to really set the scene
stationery for your wedding is so much more than pretty paper and matching envelopes. On the practical side, this is how you give guests all the information they need to enjoy the day, particularly the crucial whens and wheres. On a more emotional level, your invitations are the first glimpse your friends and family will have of what you’re planning. And it’s not just about the invites – there are many different types of stationery you can use to help everything run smoothly and add a sense of style.
SAVE THE DATE
These are a good idea if you want to give plenty of notice, particularly if you’re saying “I do” overseas or in the peak wedding period of spring and summer, and to avoid clashing with booked holidays. A classic card with simple wording is ideal for a formal wedding: If you’re keen to have a perfectly co-ordinated look, plan your full stationery set in advance. However, the good news is that there’s no rule to say your save the date has to match the invitations. There’s a whole host of creative ideas to choose. Think personalised fridge magnets, balloons, calendars, tea towels, retro View-masters and cinema-style tickets.
There was a time when wedding invites were almost always plain cream or white cards with black engraved writing. While we do love this classic look, there’s a huge range of other options, from hand-
illustrated floral fantasies to modern graphic design, so take time to research the many styles, and consider which one best suits the vibe you want to create on the day. You might decide to incorporate your wedding colours, commission a hand-illustrated portrait of the two of you, or play with shapes. Whatever you decide, keep the wording simple. Include your wedding website URL for the extra details. Should you wish to go down the formal route, there’s a traditional way to word the invites:
Mr and MRS George Jones [This is addressed from the bride’s parents, but you can add both sets of parents and/or any step-parents. If your parents are divorced and are co-hosting the wedding, simply put both their names: Mr George Jones and Ms Laura Garcia, in this example] request the pleasure of your company at the marriage of their daughter Sasha Jones to Owain Hughes at Asylum Chapel
on 14 September 2020 at 2 o’clock
and afterwards at AMP Studios
If you’re hosting (i.e. paying for) the wedding, then:
MS Laura Thomas and Ms Rebecca Howell
[You can add “together with their parents/families” here, if you’d like to acknowledge their contribution]
request the pleasure of your company at their marriage
Of course, you don’t have to use this format – there are plenty of fun ways to get the message across:
She Said yes!
Sasha Jones and Owain Hughes would love you to attend their big day
the wedding of Sasha and Owain
Eat, drink and be married!
Sasha and Owain are tying the knot
to the wedding of Ewan and Mark!
Including reply cards for guests to return to you is a lovely touch, but it may be more convenient to ask them to respond via your wedding website.
ORDER OF SERVICE
Although most often used to set out the music and readings in a religious ceremony, there’s nothing to stop you creating an order of service for a civil ceremony. If you have a lot going on, consider handing out an ‘order of the day’ as well, letting guests know what time they’ll sit down to eat, see you cut the cake, etc.
A full table plan and corresponding place cards are most useful to avoid polite chaos. You can get a pulled-together look by matching these to your invites, or use similar design elements. If you’re worried about having to make last-minute changes to your table plan, consider
having escort cards instead – simply write guests’ names and table numbers on cards and arrange them on a table outside the reception. In addition, even if you’re not offering a choice of dishes for your wedding breakfast, it’s nice to have at least one menu per table for guests to peruse.
THANK YOU CARDS
If you want consistency, be sure to order these with the rest of your wedding stationery. We also like thank yous that feature a romantic photograph of the couple taken on the big day itself.