When we talk about ‘wedding stationery’ we mean any paper goods you use at a wedding, such as invitations, save the date cards, the order of service, menus, place cards and any other general signage you may need. Because there are so many different types of stationery available for you to use for your wedding, it can get confusing about what you do and don’t need to include. Every wedding is different so it will depend on a number of factors, such as whether you’re having a formal sit-down meal. Depending on your preferences, you can have minimal stationery or none at all if you send your invitations out electronically, or you can incorporate them into your décor and make them play a big part in the style and theme of your wedding.
Below is a list of stationery you may want to use at your wedding:
Save the Date Cards
The purpose of save the date cards is pretty self-explanatory. It will take a while to get all of the details finalised before you can send out your formal invitations, so once you have your date booked with your venue, you’ll want to get these sent out so that the people you want at your wedding will keep that date free. They’re especially a good idea if you’re getting married during the summer when people are booking holidays or might be invited to another wedding.
There’s the obvious practical reason to send out invitations – your guests need to know where they going and when! But it’s also your chance to give your guests an impression on the look and feel of the wedding you’re planning.
I recently published a blog post on what you need to include on your invitations, so you can check that out here.
There are also some additional information cards you may want to include with your invitations, depending on whether they’re relevant to your wedding. The aim is to answer as many questions your guests may have as possible. This could include:
- Venue address, directions, map and/or parking information
- Nearby accommodation options
- Menu options
- Itineraries for the day
- Dress code
- Gift list information
Order of Service
This is a piece of paper or a booklet that can be handed out to guests by the groomsmen as guests enter the venue or left on seats. It’s designed to aid guests in following along with the ceremony and can include as much or as little information as you want, from a brief outline of what’s happening in order to a transcript of the words being used. It’s a nice idea to tie this in with the design of the rest of the stationery for a cohesive feel.
Below are some of the things you may want to include in an order of service:
- Name of venue and location
- The wedding couple’s names
- The date and time
- List of songs (processional and recessional)
- Words to hymns and songs
- The title of author of the readings and who they’re being read by
- List of elements of the ceremony: marriage ceremony signing of the register, blessing etc
- Thank you to the people involved, such as parents, wedding party, suppliers etc.
Table Stationery – Menus, Place Cards, Plan and Signage
This again is pretty self-explanatory and are all about giving your guests the information they need; they will help make your wedding go smoothly by ensuring your guests know where they’re sitting and what they’re eating. But it’s also a good way to bring your tablescape design together by using these pieces of stationery as décor.
Thank You Cards
Once your wedding is over, it can seem like a drag to have to send out more stationery but trust me it’s a nice thing to do and appreciated by your guests who have gone to the trouble of attending your wedding and buying you a gift. It’s also a cute idea to send it will a little gift as a token of your appreciation and to make them more personalised, nothing fancy but something like a photo from the wedding is a cute idea.