Stationery Week - The Low Down on your Stationery Essentials
This week is National Stationery Week. I know, really, it's a thing!
So to celebrate this week, we're giving you the low down on your wedding stationery. A checklist on what to include before your day, on your day and after your day. Let us help you make it loud and clear to guests and give them all the info they need.
At And so to Wed we're lucky to have fabulous stationery suppliers who not only already have gorgeous collections of stationery but also make stationery bespoke for your wedding day. So if you love something you see on this post, click the link for the supplier details.
Here is our Stationery Checklist, pin it, print it and tick it!
Save the Dates
We can't stress the importance of a little save the date. It's the head up people need not to double book your wedding date. A save the date is the first glimpse people have of your wedding day style too so take some time to think about how you want it to look. Save the dates are usually sent out as soon as your venue and the guest list is confirmed. If you have any guests on the list as a maybe, don't send them a save the date, don't give them false hope. Also, just send save the dates to guests who you are formally inviting to the ceremony rather than just the reception. A little note on the save the date saying 'More details to follow' will leave your guests in suspense.
The design options for wedding invitations are endless. Although you can fit the essentials on a single-sided card, it's nice to include as much information as you can. It's not only useful but also makes guests even more excited to know a bit more about your wedding day. Here is a little list of what to include with your invitations.
- Location, date, etc.
- Gift info - are you having a gift directory, honeymoon fund or donations to charity?
- Accommodation - if you have guests travelling from afar for your wedding day, recommend some accommodation close to the venue. Top tip: Phone the accommodation and ask if discounted rates are available for your guests as you're bringing business their way. Always worth an ask!
- Location and map - if your venue is hidden deep within the countryside include a little map or illustration for people to follow. No excuses for guests turning up late because they couldn't find the venue!
- RSVP card with menu options - to encourage guests to reply and on time always put in a pre-made RSVP card to make it easier. Otherwise, people are slow to reply, if at all. Include food options on your RSVP and a space to write any dietary requirements.
- RSVP return envelope - can you make it any easier for people to reply? By including an addressed envelope with a stamp is really spoon feeding your guests to reply. Now they really have excuses.
- Song Request Card - a cute addition to the invite for guests to request a song to be played at the reception. You're allowed to veto if they're really bad!
- Envelope (liner, calligraphy, stamps) - the envelope is the start, make it beautiful too!
Order of the Days
Order of the Days are a lovely keepsake from your wedding day. If you're having little booklets or cards to give guests, get your ushers to hand them out with a confetti cone as they enter the ceremony. The order of the day is a key bit of info for everyone to see what's in store for the day ahead. Most importantly it lets people know when they're eating! There's a blog post in itself about Order of the Days so we won't go on too much!
As it says really. A welcome sign can go at the roadside of a venue to direct guests driving past. Or if you have a non-exclusive venue, a welcome sign is your best bit of stationery to stop guests walking into the wrong wedding. Believe it or not, it does happen - signs can help avoid those wedding crashers.
It's guaranteed that although you may have given people a menu option on their invite, they will have forgotten by the time they sit down at the table on your wedding day what it is they ordered. A menu on each of the place setting is a nice mouth watering reminder and looks cute on a napkin. If you have just one dish option, a single menu framed in the middle of the table is always nice nestled into the table decor. It just adds that little extra detail.
Table Plan, Table Names and Place Cards
The table plan is often what couples dread most about wedding planning. We know some weddings don't have them at all and that's absolutely fine and that's the couple's choice. However, a table plan can bring so much more order to the reception. People know where they're going, they go and sit straight away without any hassle. Without one it just gets complicated when it doesn't need to be. Again the design for a table plan can range from a simple card on an easel to a more elaborate design. Whichever you go for, make sure it's displayed well and is easy to read and follow. Likewise, with the table names and place cards, make them legible and displayed well.
Thank you cards
The wedding day is over but there is just one more teeny tiny bit of stationery that's needed - the thank you cards. Traditionally they include a photo from your wedding day but you can have whatever you like. Send to all guests to say a big thank you for being part of your wedding day. Be sure to include a personalised note for each one to show your true sentiment. Family and friends will appreciate it.
So there you have a little low down to get you started with your wedding stationery. For more wedding stationery advice read our post on 'Finding the perfect wedding stationery'. Happy National Stationery Week!