From save the dates to location maps, traditional invitations to hand-penned place cards, the stationery details and requirements for a wedding or event can get a little overwhelming. Keep in mind you can stick to the absolute basics & keep it as simple and minimalistic as you want! While the details are endless, we asked stationery house Paper Dolls for their expert advice on the different types of stationery that you might want to consider / include….
Save the Date…with so many destination weddings, or even weddings with a large number of interstate guests, this is a really important item to think about including. Allowing guests time to book holidays from work, flights and accommodation can ensure that all those special people you want will be there.
Invitation…The most important item of course!! With all the main details, the invitation is the perfect way to give your guests a hint of the amazing day you are planning. As soon as they pull them from the letterbox, they will be excited and anticipating the day to come.
RSVP…Most couples still like to include an RSVP and envelope for their guests to return. It is a place to ask for any special dietary requirements and maybe even mention that it is an adults only event (this would not be great on the actual invitation). Of course where budget is a consideration an email or phone number can be listed with a line about rsvp on the invitation itself.
Wishing Well…A a card with gift information.
Information Cards…There are so many different information cards that we have done for couples in the past. Maps, bus information, accommodation advice- all very important for your guest to be aware of to make the day go smoothly. One of our popular additions is a fine details card where we list various pieces of information on the same card.
Order of Service… This can be done in many different ways. In the past we have created fans, single sheets, scrolls, large posters and of course booklets. With longer services this is a wonderful way to let guests who are maybe not familiar with the format to understand what is happening and the meaning behind the service
Placecards/Seating Charts… Once it is time for the reception, it is important that guests move into the room and know where they are heading- so that the party can get started! These details are also so important for your styling and along with flowers, tableware and lighting will achieve the look you are after.
Menus… As with place cards, menus are an important part of your table styling. Guests love to know what they will be served, it is so exciting to anticipate all the delicious treats- but maybe that is just us foodies!!!
Wedding Favours … There are so many imaginative and original wedding favours at receptions at the moment and we are often asked to create tags to tie onto them that coordinate with other stationary- keeping the whole table with one consistent look. Another idea is a thank you message for guests that sits on the napkin, also a lovely way to tell your guests you appreciate having them with you on the day and in your lives.
Signage… Dessert tables, photo booths, reserved chairs...the list of signs can be endless. These are a great way of letting your guests know what you have planned for them and when part of a coordinated look become a part of your styling. These little details whilst not expensive can make all the difference.
Thank you Cards…Once your amazing wedding and honeymoon is all finished, the last job to do is to thank all your friends and family. We do these two ways- either with a photo printed as a keepsake of the day or to coordinate with your other stationary. They can be handwritten or have a generic message printed if time is poor.
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