Wedding Stationery, what do I need? A quick guide.
Save the Date Cards
Save-the-dates are a great way to announce your wedding day and generate excitement among your guests, and are sent several months before sending the main wedding invitation particularly if the wedding is going to be at a time when people might normally have other commitments – Christmas, summer holidays etc. save-the-dates have greatly increased in popularity over the last decade. Save-the-date cards are a fun way to set the tone for your upcoming wedding, but are practically a must-have for couples tying the knot
Sent out several weeks prior to the wedding day to allow time for your guests to reply – the earlier people reply, the earlier you will be able to finalise your arrangements with e.g. caterers. The invitation contain the ceremony and reception details – times, place etc.
Evening invitations should also be sent out several weeks prior to the wedding day. Again this will allow plenty of time for your guests to reply. This invitation is for guests who you would like to attend the evening celebrations only.
R.S.V.P. stands for a French phrase, “r��pondez, s’il vous plaît,” which means “please reply”. RSVP cards are convenient way for your guests to accept or decline your invitation. Etiquette rules followed in Western cultures require that if you receive a formal, written invitation, you should reply promptly, perhaps that same day. When planning a wedding or a reception, this is important, because as you need to know how many people to count for catering purposes. More important, the simple courtesy of responding to someone who was nice enough to invite you, even if it is to say that you regret that you will not be able to attend.
R.S.V.P cards can be included and sent with the wedding invitations.
These can also be sent out with the invitations to help guests who are unfamiliar with the area find the most convenient route. You might also consider including a list of local accommodations; – B & B, hotels etc. and taxi service numbers etc.
Order of Service
The order of service cards are used as an alternative to prayer and hymn books, you may need to check with the church as to some wording.
If you’re having a civil ceremony and want an order of service, you should check with the registrar in advance. Some will insist that you call this as an ‘order of the day’ instead.
Menus at your wedding reception are completely optional.
However, co-ordinating wedding menu cards with your place cards add the extra touch to your special day.
Place Cards, Table Names and Table Plans
Wedding table plan is to show your guests how the tables are arranged.
Why not try names for your wedding tables rather than numbers. These could be themed – for example something that is meaningful to the couple.
Place cards are to indicate where each guest is to be seated around the table at the reception.
Mini unique handmade guest books
Guest books are and ideal way for guests to leave personal messages for the newly weds.
I can offer mini handmade guest books. Contact me to see if they can be made to match your wedding stationery. They are unique and usually very limited items.
Size 12 cm x 8 cm. and bound front and back with card.
Inside there are normally 30 pages (60 sides) although, for a small charge, more pages can be added on request.
Give a notebook as a small personal gift to your guests, bridesmaids, groomsmen, parents of the bride and groom, as memento of the day.
Thank You Cards
Thank you cards are sent out after the wedding to thank your guests for their kind gifts. Your own wording can be printed in the cards, although a hand written message adds a personal touch.