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General Wedding Stationery Advice
Your wedding invitations will be one of the first impressions your guests receive of your wedding; so make it a lasting one. They must tell your guests the vital information such as where, when and at what time.
Provide date, time and the addresses of both the church/registry office and the reception venue. You can also look to include dress code (where applicable), whether or not children are allowed, a poem if you aren’t having a gift list… You can envisage included an information sheet with directions to your venues, local B&Bs you can recommend etc.
Make sure you send these at least 4 months before the wedding.
There is no right or wrong way to word your wedding invitations – Although there is a certain amount of wedding etiquette to follow, nothing is enforced, so it’s best to do whatever you feel most comfortable with. You can opt for a more traditional wording, such as
Mr. & Mrs. <bride’s parents’ name> request the honour of your company
at the marriage of their daughter
Or a more informal one:
We would love for you to join us in celebrating the marriage of
<bride’s name> and <groom’s name>
The invitations can be written by the bride’s parents, both sets of parents, or even the bride and groom themselves.
It’s entirely up to you to select which wording suits the theme and feel of your wedding.
Get them to RSVP!
Simplify the task of getting your guests to RSVP by creating postcard RSVP cards, which you can slip into your invitations! On one side feature a ‘fill in the blanks’ text and the other, your postal address. Then all your guests have to do, is fill in the blanks with their answer, and pop it in the post!
For the day
The rest of your wedding stationery can be bought closer to the wedding date and once you have a better idea of how many guests will be attending. You can find matching menus and place cards, to match either the rest of your stationery, or to match the overall theme and style of your wedding day, remembering to give yourself plenty of time to hand write the name of each guest on individual place card (unless you get someone to do it for you!) Oh and...After your wedding, there’s still that last bit of stationery you need to send off...your wedding thank you cards! Upload your favourite photo of you and your partner from your special day onto a small thank you card and create gorgeous memorabilia for your guests!
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Start by Saving the Date
These are especially crucial if you are planning a wedding abroad, or during the busy summer months, when people plan to go away on holiday. Send your save the dates a year before the wedding – include the basic info: when and where. All the other details will follow in your invitations anyway; the purpose of this card is so people can mark your date in their calendar…Create small flat cards which people can pin to notice boards/fridges, as not to forget your day!