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Tiz the season!
Congratulations on your recent engagement! After the initial whirlwind and adrenaline rush of entering this new chapter, it can be easy to become overwhelmed and not know where to start. Today we are joined by the wonderful Vaishali, founder of Ananya Cards, to share 5 wedding stationery frequently asked tips to get you started.
Over to Vaishali!
Where do we start?
As soon as you are engaged, start researching any stationers whose style you love and who can advise and guide you towards a design you will fall in love with. Your invitation is the first glimpse of your wedding and sets the tone for the whole event, so have the best quality invitation that your budget allows.
When placing the order, add an extra 10% for last minute guests, personal keepsakes or if you make any mistakes whilst writing out the invitations. Order the whole suite of cards at the same time if possible, as ordering wedding invitations, e.g. thank you cards, save the date, place name cards. You have a better chance to negotiate with the designer/printer if they are designing and printing several items at the same time.
What other stationery do we need?
There are various additional items of stationery that you may want to consider. Save the dates, order of service booklets to explain the ceremony, seating plans, place cards, table numbers, menus, welcome signs and thank you cards. Maps and directions may also be important.
Do our invitations need to match our colour scheme?
No, it is not essential for invites to match your colour scheme. However, table stationery such as place cards and table numbers can look good when they complement your table centres and floral arrangements. A consistency of theme and colour in each piece of stationery that harmonises with your wedding colour scheme will make it look professional and complete the overall look.
What is the timescale for sending out the invitations?
6-12 months before the wedding is a typical timescale for mailing save the dates, but of course this will depend on your guest list and venue. If you are planning a destination wedding or getting married on a peak Bank Holiday weekend, giving your guests more notice is advisable, so they can make plans accordingly.
2-3 months is the usual timescale for sending invitations, but again this will depend on what is right for you.
What timing should we follow for the rest of our stationery?
Start discussing with your designer your on-the-day stationery, like menus, table numbers, orders of service, signage, place cards, and so on, 2-4 months before the wedding.
Typically, your RSVPs would be due around 4-6 weeks before the wedding. Many couples also order their thank you cards at the same time, so they have them ready for when gifts start arriving, or for when they return from honeymoon. Remember that thank you cards need to be sent out by 3 months after your wedding.
One of the elements of the on-the-day that is ordered latest is the seating plan as this can often be amended quite last-minute! This is usually done 2-3 weeks before the wedding.
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