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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.