Choosing your Wedding Stationery
Wedding Stationery - where do you start?
So let me start by saying I love wedding stationery, it can be so diverse and unique to each couple depending on their theme and concept, it's one of the elements I love on a wedding day. Your wedding stationery from the save the dates to the formal invites will be the first concept and design for the wedding that your guests will receive. Choosing someone to do your stationery can be a tricky decision as you want to work with someone who captures your ideas and vision for the day. The likelihood is that you will work with them to provide stationery for the day of the wedding as well for the place names, table names/numbers and table plan so it's key to find someone you can work with.
I have had the pleasure of seeing the amazing LouPaper's designs and have spoken to her previously about the in's and outs of wedding stationery. Louise has taken the time on answering some of those stationery questions brides always tend to have. So grab a cup a tea and have a read below.
When couples are looking for a supplier for their wedding stationery, what elements should they consider when choosing someone?
When looking for a wedding stationer, it’s crucial to find someone likeminded who aligns with your style and has a similar vision for the big day. Take a look through their website and social media to see what kind of style they do, and don’t be afraid to drop them an email to get a feel for their personality. Your wedding needs to be all about you, your tastes, style and personality needs to shine through, so your stationer should be able to capture all of this into the paper goods for the day.
What are the different types of wedding stationery available for couples?
There is a whole host of stationery available for your wedding. Most couples tend to start with a save the date, just to make sure you’re in your guests diaries! These can be sent anywhere from 18 months to a year before the day. The next step is your invites, typically sent 6-8 months before the day, filled with all the relevant information for your guests about the venue, accommodation, gifts etc. Most of my clients also include an RSVP with a reply date of a few months before the big day, just so you can finalise numbers with your venue. Then 6-8 weeks before the day it’s time to think about on the day stationery, anything from place names and menus, through to order of services, table plans and signage.
If a couple wanted to stand out from the crowd, what would you suggest?
I think it’s key to just be yourself, your stationery should represent you as a couple and give a taste for the wedding day to come. Your wedding is all about you, so fill it with your favourite colours, styling and decoration and you’ll naturally stand out from the crowd.
Are there any upcoming trends for wedding stationery?
Trends within the wedding industry are ever changing, but when it comes to stationery, it’s all about materials. A few to take note of are; vellum, Perspex and handmade paper. Vellum is a creative word for tracing paper, it’s a gorgeous opaque material that blends with any colour palette or style, and looks great with a little gold leaf applied! Perspex is another really trendy material, it can be printed on, or decals can be added, depending on the finish you’d like. It provides contemporary cool for any wedding. Lastly handmade paper with beautiful deckle edges is coming through, it offers up a gorgeous rustic tactile quality for your stationery and is perfect for a rustic barn wedding.
Is there any specific wording couples should consider on their stationery?
When it comes to wording, there are two options, formal or informal. The formal more traditional approach is usually your parents inviting your guests to the wedding. A more informal tone of voice would be the invite coming from yourselves. I provide all my couples with wording templates to help them write their invites!
What is your favourite type of stationery?
I have to say my favourite stationery to make are place names. They come in so many variations and can complement the table scape and styling. I love hand calligraphing each guest name onto the place names and adding finishing details, like tassels and eyelets to make them extra special.
I hope the above covers some of those wedding stationery questions a lot of brides have Enjoy finding your wedding stationery!
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