CRE­ATE YOUR STA­TIONERY

Take the chance to use colour and de­sign to re­ally set the scene

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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.

IN­VI­TA­TIONS

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

Let’s cel­e­brate

the wed­ding of Sasha and Owain

Eat, drink and be mar­ried!

Sasha and Owain are ty­ing the knot

You’re in­vited

to the wed­ding of Ewan and Mark!

RSVP CARDS

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.

TA­BLE ES­SEN­TIALS

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.

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