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  • What ‘On the Day’ Wedding Stationery Do You Really Need?

    Right, you’ve sent out your save the date cards and you’ve got your wedding invitations and RSVP cards designed, printed and ready to go, but what about the ‘on the day’ wedding stationery items - do you really need them? Keep reading as we tackle some of the often forgotten bits of your wedding stationery that complete your wedding day with that extra touch of finesse.

    Welcome Signs

    Don’t miss out on the chance to make a great first impression as your guests arrive for your wedding ceremony with a personalised welcome sign that stays true to your wedding theme. It’s important that your wedding welcome sign is large enough to be clearly seen by guests when they enter, so we usually advise couples to opt for an A2 size which can be easily propped up on an easel at the entrance.

    Welcome Signs | DreamDay Invitations

    As with all other 'on the day' wedding stationery, it’s best to use the same or similar design style to your wedding invitations and other wedding stationery for a sense of continuity, but you can opt to include the Bride & Groom’s names, the wedding date and any other key information such as your favourite love quote. However, some couples prefer to have their sign set up as a photo timeline of special moments in their relationship for a really personal touch.

    Seating Chart

    At DreamDay Invitations, we are often asked whether a seating chart is really needed. Wedding etiquette dictates that it’s usually important to include a seating chart in your 'on the day' wedding stationery list if you’re planning a larger, formal wedding as otherwise guests end up milling around and may feel unsure about where to sit. There’s also the problem of couples that arrive late for the wedding reception facing the difficulty of finding seats together and ultimately you want everyone to have a great time sitting with friends they know.

    When it comes to smaller, more casual wedding affairs with wedding guest lists of less than 50 or a cocktail style wedding where guests move about more, you will certainly not need a seating chart and you can opt to have open seating.

    Place Cards

    Place cards depend on whether you have chosen to have assigned seating with a seating chart for your big day or not. If you have opted to have a seating chart as a part of your 'on the day' wedding stationery, then you’ll need to choose a place card that reflects your wedding invitation design and other wedding stationery. You will also need to choose between flat place cards (that require a separate place card holder) or tented place cards - the latter of which is very popular amongst couples since it’s free standing and easier to place.

    Table Numbers

    Tri-Fold Table Numbers | DreamDay Invitations

    Again, having table numbers at your wedding is ultimately up to your personal preference and is not a requirement if you’ve opted to have open seating. If you do decide to go ahead with it,choose to have your table numbers designed to coordinate with your wedding invitations and opt for the tri-fold option which is freestanding and does not require a seperate holder.

    For a fun touch, change things up by replacing numbers with table names instead. This has become extremely popular for 2018 Australian weddings and are great way to add a personal touch and perfect if you’re having a round of games too!

    Individual Menu Cards

    Individual menus are a must for formal, sit-down wedding affair as they provide your guests with key information on the courses and meal choices available - this is especially important for guests with dietary restrictions. Apart from including the dinner details, these keepsake menu cards can be personalised to match your wedding stationary and include the couple names and wedding date.

    Planning a buffet-style dinner for you wedding, but still love the idea of menu cards? Go for it - we think it’s a fantastic way of reducing the line up at the buffet table since your guests will know what to expect and spend less time filling their food. In this case you wouldn’t need individual menu cards for each guest, but just one or two per table that guests can pass around.

    Coasters

    A relatively new addition to the usual wedding stationery range, personalised coasters are expected to be a ‘must-have’ for 2019 weddings. They make great customised wedding favours, especially if you include your favourite photo of the two of you along with your wedding date.

    Personalised Coasters | DreamDay Invitations
  • Wedding Day - Reception Stationery Essentials

    Wedding planning usually involves many components that when put together makes for a great looking day. You almost always start with the wedding date, time and venue which will be included in the wedding invitations (then you will need to think about other things such as figuring out who to invite and more).

    DreamDay Invitations Australia Online Wedding Invitations Stationery

    If you've decided to have a destination wedding, the wedding invites need to be sent out as soon as possible. However, proper wedding etiquette allows a period between three to six months before the wedding day, allowing wedding invitees and guests to make arrangements such as accommodation and travel. Often,  the bride and groom will contact hotels,  inns or motels close to the wedding venue and request special rates or have rooms blocked out for your wedding guests to choose from. This information can be included in the wedding invite card too.

    Between figuring out your wedding invitations (and sending them out) to the day of the wedding, there are various things on the wedding planning checklist that needs to be accomplished. Things like figuring out what the bride and groom will wear are important being the stars of the show. It's also important to look into other details such as what the bridesmaids, groomsmen, and other members of the bridal retinue/party will wear. This includes their bouquets/boutonnieres, hairstyles and accessories too. That's not all. You have to also consider food and beverages, what type of setup you're going for and the dining style - buffet or sit down.  Accordingly you'll have various wedding stationery options to choose from.

    DreamDay Invitations Wedding Stationery Order of Service

    When it comes to wedding stationery, it acts as an informative tool to often direct your wedding guests as to where they need to go or what is available to them. You'll start with a wedding banner at the entrance to let your guests know they're at the right place, followed by arrows or flags that can be placed paving the way. There can be a place cards table for your guests to pick up theirs and place at the seat they choose. If you've decided where everyone will sit, then you can have yourself a seating chart, either alphabetical or according to the tables, and have the place cards set at each table.

    ​ Other items you may find at the table would include a souvenir menu card if you are opting for a sit down dinner, as well as a table number card and don't forget the  bomboniere tags/labels you may need when presenting your wedding guests with a small token of thanks. Speaking of thanks, you will also need to have ready thank you cards to thank your guests for attending your big day. These are just some of the wedding stationery essentials you may think to use. If you have any more ideas and suggestions, let us know! We'd love to hear from you. ​

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