wedding stationery suite

  • 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
  • What Should You Include in your Wedding Stationery Suite?

     

    Your wedding stationery suite can be as simple or as extensive as you would like it to be! Your wedding theme and style does play a big part in it too as for instance, a destination wedding theme would require more wedding stationery to hold details about travel details, hotel bookings etc and should neatly organised in a folder style invitation. With this in mind, let’s take a look at different items that can be included in your wedding stationery.

    Save the Date Cards in a Wedding Stationery Suite

    Photo Save the Date Card - Wedding Stationery Suite

    Save the Date Cards are an important part of your wedding stationery suite and should be sent out irrespective of whether you’re having a large traditional wedding or an intimate destination wedding. Your save the date cards do not have to be similar to your wedding invitation design (a huge relief for all those couples who need some extra time to decide on a wedding them) and absolutely love personalised photo design styles where photos of the couple are used in the design. Choose from studio style professional photos to your favourite casual photos of together or for an extra special touch photos of the proposal if you had someone capture that special moment for you. Wondering when save the date cards should go out? Refer back to our previous blog post Important Wedding Stationery Timeline for the answer and more important dates.

    Wedding Invitations in a Wedding Stationery Suite

     Wedding Invitations - Wedding Stationery Suite

    Pretty much the highlight of your wedding stationery suite,wedding invitations set the tone of your wedding by offering your guests their first glimpse at what you have in store so make sure to give the design, wording and style some thought!

    Make sure to include key information such as the date, time, location, dress code and any other important information you would like your guests to know. If the reception follows the ceremony immediately and you’re not having different guests to this, you can opt to include reception information on the wedding invite itself

    Reception Card in a Wedding Stationery Suite

    Planning to host your wedding reception at a seperate venue to where the wedding ceremony was held? Opt to include a separate reception card in your wedding stationery suite, as including a second set of details ( address, time etc) on the wedding invitation will result in the card looking overcrowded and messy. The wording used in the card should reflect the tone of the wedding reception, so avoid using formal wording if the wedding reception is a casual affair that’s less traditional. Also, take into consideration invitation etiquette for wording, for instance a reception after 1.00pm is referred to just as a ‘Reception’, while anything before that would be a ‘Breakfast Reception’.

    Response Card in a Wedding Stationery Suite

    Response cards are crucial for helping you get a general headcount for caterers etc. Include a postage stamp for the convenience of your guests and include checkboxes for guests to be able to select their food preference for a sit down dinner. Here’s a tip - to avoid time spent guessing when you can’t read people’s handwriting, number the back of the response cards and keep track of the numbers in a Google spreadsheet for a quick and easy way to figure out who responded.

    Directions Card in a Wedding Stationery Suite

    Not everyone attending your wedding will have a smart phone and there’s always a chance that there’s no signal, phone battery is dead etc that would result in them not being able to use Google Maps to find the wedding location - so what do you do? Make sure to include a directions card in your wedding stationery suite for easy to read directions that all your wedding guests are sure to find handy. Remember to use a simple, non complicated font and font size for the directions so that it can be easily read by anyone.

    Accommodation Card in a Wedding Stationery Suite

    Will you be having a lot of out of town guests attending your wedding or is yours a destination wedding? If you answered yes, an accommodations card is a must in your wedding stationery suite. Give your wedding guests clear information of the closest hotels to your wedding venue. Aim to include at least two or three options in different price brackets. In the chance that you’ll be covering their stay, put this down clearly on the accomodations card. The accomodations card can also be used to communicate air travel details or transportation to and from the wedding venue.

    Weekend Itinerary Card in a Wedding Stationery Suite

    Especially in the case of destination weddings where there will be multiple events either pre or post wedding, the weekend itinerary card is the best way to update your guests so that they know what to expect and what they should pack. Envelopes

    Don't forget the stamp! Luckily, you do not have to hand write the addresses yourself—many wedding stationery companies like DreamDay Invitations offer addressing services to save you some time!

    Belly Band

    Belly bands or wedding invitation wrappers hold all the beautiful pieces of your wedding invitation suite together in an organised fashion. This can be customised to reflect your wedding invitation design and wedding theme by using coordinatiing colours and don’t forget to give it a creative touch by accentuating the band with a ribbon or jewel for a touch of glamour!

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