Wedding planning can feel like a never-ending task… from picking a date and choosing the rings, right through to scheduling the ceremony rehearsal – there’s a lot to keep you busy for the coming months.
To help you out, we’ve put together a handy checklist of all the wedding stationery you may need. From save the date cards, to wedding invitations or table decorations, you’ll find a comprehensive guide below, along with a huge range of unique ideas for before, during and after your big day.
Before the Wedding
Choosing your wedding stationery is such an exciting time, as it gives your family and friends the look and feel of what your wedding will be like. So before your wedding you’ll need a range of different cards for different purposes.
Save the Date Cards
Perfect for sending guests advanced notice of your wedding, especially if you are getting married abroad, or inviting people from afar. Save the dates are usually sent out between six and eight months before your wedding day and only usually contain the actual date and the name of people invited. If you’d like to know all about our save the date cards – such as what they should include, or what are the available formats – you can read through our essential guide to save the date cards
Hen /Stag Party Invitations
Are you planning to go to Vegas for your hen/stag do? Or have a specific Hen Party theme? You could send a fun hen party invitation card to your hens to set the tone, whether you’d want a festival-themed party, a Sex and the City TV show inspired party, or a classic Friends themed hen party; there are loads fun designs you could use.
“Be My” Cards
Get your best pals an exciting be my bridesmaid, be my best man (or any member of the wedding party) card to make them as excited as you are for your big day. You can also choose be my usher, maid of honour, flower girl and page boy cards if you so wish.
Your wedding invitations are the crucial set to the stationery scene as they represent your special day the most, with its colours, theme and style. Wedding invitations can vary in terms of what they include; for example our wedding invitation packages include a wedding invitation, RSVP card and a band.
Wording a wedding invitation can also be difficult, however we’ve written a full article on what to write in your wedding invitations here
Guest Information Cards
Add a guest information card alongside your wedding invitation to further inform your guests on things like how to get to your venue, accommodation options, gift preferences, or specific diets… To know everything you’ll need to word in your wedding guest information card, please read our blog here: 10 things to include in your wedding guest information card
Gift Poem Cards
Take away the awkward conversations of asking money for your honeymoon contributions, or your future house deposit and use a gift poem card to say it. They will add a lovely touch, as you’ll phrase it nicely in a couple of verses – perfect for including along with your wedding invitations.
Evening invitations are a must-have to invite all your additional guests that may not be attending the ceremony, such as your work colleagues, business partners or your neighbours. They’re considered as formal invites for everyone to join the wedding reception and celebration. Just make sure you put the time you wish evening guests to arrive, to avoid confusion.
To add the finishing touches to all your cards, you can choose to seal your envelopes with tasteful envelope seals. They are quick and easy to use as they come with a self-adhesive backing so there is no mess and no fuss. Your seals can be printed in a colour of your choice onto a white background, so they are guaranteed to stand out against any coloured envelope.
During the Wedding
Order of Service
Creating an order of service allows you to set out the agenda of your day and outline all the exciting activities you’ll have planned for your guests to enjoy.
One of the most important features of the day, your table plans can be placed in a frame, on a wall or on an easel for all your guests to see. Browse through our wide variety of designs and pick the table style, orientation, and size that you prefer; then simply email us your information and we will email you a proof for you to check/amend before printing commences so you can ensure everything is just perfect!
Make sure everyone knows where they should sit by placing elegant custom printed place cards on your tables. Place cards can easily be jazzed up with slogans and sayings, personalised touches as well as placed in the form of mini easels and in creative ways.
Table Numbers or Table Names
Whether you prefer to give your tables a number or a fun name to differentiate them, you’ll want them to stand out. They can be complemented with matching place cards, menus and lottery ticket holders to add that final polished touch.
Before deciding on your wedding menu, you might want to ask your family and friends to communicate their food allergies, intolerances, or preferences in the RSVPs. After that, creating your table menus is easy, all you need to do is to select your menu design and colour, then enter your wording into the boxes.
Whether your guests are gluten-free or lactose intolerant, or stick to specific diets, you might also find it useful to know everything about how to cater for specific dietary requirements.
Wine Bottle Labels
To make your wedding even more memorable, you can also customise your wine bottles. It could add a fun and chic touch for your guests to remember.
You can use favour tags to explain the guests’ place settings or attach them to your unique gifts… Easy to make, simply select the shape of your tag and customise it by adding your own wording in.
Drinks tokens can be a great idea to hand out to your guests on the day by your bridesmaids or ushers. They are perfect to offer some flexibility for your guests, as some of them will choose non-alcoholic drinks or may prefer a certain drink. They’re also handy as they’ll prevent your bar bill from exploding.
Lottery Ticket Holders
To share a little bit of luck (or not) with your guests you might like to give them some lottery tickets as a small, fun present – where they could win big! Choose among our lottery ticket holders to find a great alternative to traditional wedding favours.
To add some festive decorations and glam up your tables, you can sprinkle some romantic heart shaped table confetti as a nice little extra for you guests to enjoy.
After the wedding
Thank You Cards
Because without them it wouldn’t have been the same magic day – thank your guests for all the help and joy they shared with you on your big day. Customise your thank you cards with your best wedding photo and a meaningful message, perfect for creating a special memory for your guests to keep.
For more ideas and inspiration on what you can include in your special day, visit our wedding stationery.