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
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
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 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!