Wedding stationery: What to ask.

Wedding Stationery: What to Ask Guide

What stationery do you need to consider?

  • Announcement of your engagement
  • Save the date
  • Invitations and inserts
    • Reply cards
    • Gift list message
    • Addressed envelopes
    • Map and directions
    • Accommodation list
    • Taxi information
    • Additional information (as appropriate)
  • Orders of service
  • Menu cards
  • Seating cards
  • Table name/number
  • Table plan
  • Thank you cards
  • Printed readings
  • Printed vows
  • Other signs (we had some signs for our “sweet shop” and that described the wedding cake flavours etc)

A break from tradition?

If you’re not set on sending invites etc by snail mail, there are tons of benefits of using more innovative solutions:

  • Wedding websites
  • Wedding E-mail templates for E-invites

DIY or not to DIY (that is the question)!

You need to decide which items you want to have a crack at yourself and which you will pay a stationer to create for you. It adds to the look and feel if all of your wedding stationery fits together. We decided to design our own wedding stationery and paid a local print shop to do all of the printing.

We did all of the cutting and folding ourselves so decided to buy a small guillotine from Hobbycraft to help avoid wonky edges and folds. Creating our own invitations was fun, but before you jump in the deep end, it’s worth bearing in mind:

  • If you have a large wedding it can seem like an endless task!
  • The more complicated your design, the harder it will be and the longer it will take!
  • Get proof prints before you press go on the printing – our colours were off on the first print and we had to make some changes to get it just right!
  • If you decide to do the printing at home, find out the maximum sheet weight your printer will accept. We bought some thick card for the table and place names, but even our office printer didn’t like it!
  • Allow yourself plenty of time to play with the design so you have enough time to print.

If you are using a stationer these are some of the questions you may want to ask:

  • How long will it take? When will they be delivered? What is the last day you can order?
  • Are they able to do all of the items you need?
  • If you like a design, but aren’t so keen on the colour scheme, can they adjust this. You need to keep an eye out for any additional design costs!
  • What type of paper will they be printing on and how thick is it? If it’s designed to stand up, is the paper rigid enough?
  • Can you mail merge your guest list so that they come printed with the names on (this saves loads of time, but you need the names and addresses in MS Excel)
  • Do they have examples of previous work so that you can get a feel for the quality?
  • How flexible are they if your guest list changes (sometimes guest list changes are unavoidable and you may need additional stationery)?
  • What is the price, what does that include and when do you need to pay?

And remember, many of your guests will come in couples or groups, so you won’t need an invite / thank you cards for every guest. We kept forgetting about this and freaked out about the cost every now and again!

livered? What is the last day you can order?

  • Are they able to do all of the items you need?
  • If you like a design, but aren’t so keen on the colour scheme, can they adjust this. You need to keep an eye out for any additional design costs!
  • What type of paper will they be printing on and how thick is it? If it’s designed to stand up, is the paper rigid enough?
  • Can you mail merge your guest list so that they come printed with the names on (this saves loads of time, but you need the names and addresses in MS Excel)
  • Do they have examples of previous work so that you can get a feel for the quality?
  • How flexible are they if your guest list changes (sometimes guest list changes are unavoidable and you may need additional stationery)?
  • What is the price, what does that include and when do you need to pay?

And remember, many of your guests will come in couples or groups, so you won’t need an invite / thank you cards for every guest. We kept forgetting about this and freaked out about the cost every now and again!

 

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