Wedding Stationery – Where to start?

In the next few weeks, I’ll be posting a number of topics all about “Wedding Stationery”.

You might think it’s a simple task in your wedding planning but it can take up as much time as shopping for your wedding dress. There is so much choice available out there now and it can become overwhealming when you consider what needs to be ordered, costs and if you’re a bit indecisive on the design.

It’s not going to be easy; it can be just as painful as finalising the guest list and doing the seating plan. Hopefully you’ll find my following posts helpful and when you’re ready to order your stationery, you’ll know exactly what you want, use of wording, how it looks like and within your budget.

Before you read on, ask yourself this:

Numbers – Do you know how many people you’re inviting to your wedding day and evening?

Wording – have a chat with your fiance and family. Should it be formal or informal?

Budget – How much do you want to spend per invite? £1, £3 or £5? A typical greetings card is £1.50. Don’t forget postage as this can easily bump up your costs. A second class stamp currently costs 53p (Royal Mail, April 2014) so if you’re posting out 100 invites, that’s £53 in postage costs!

Finalises these three items first before you approach a wedding stationery company or graphic designer. Believe me, it will make the whole process a lot easier.

Fun Fayre Wedding Party Invitation
Fun Fayre Wedding Party Invitation

Here are some topics I will be covering:

Wedding Stationery Checklist – it’s not all about the invite. Wedding stationery also includes Save the Date, RSVP, Thank You Cards, Place Cards, Table/Seating Plan, Table Name Card and Order of Service/Order of the Day.

Extra Wedding Stationery – Apart from the usual wedding stationery inventory, there are other extra wedding stationery if you might want to consider. There’s Hen Do/Stag Do Invitations, Photo Cards, Bus Signs, Flags on straws, Tags, Menu Cards, Wedding Bingo, Song Request Cards, the list is long!

How much stationery to order? – A rough guide on how much stationery to order.

Use of words – Suggestions on how to word your wedding stationery. It can be formal or informal, traditional or fun.

Bilingual Design – A follow on from wording your wedding stationery. Some suggestions on how to create bilingual invitations and manage translation.

Different styles – Don’t settle for the standard stationery styles. Discover other styles of invites with pocket-fold, die-cut, embossed, pressed, recycled, foil, glossy, satin, matt, pearlesent…even printed onto wood!

Budget – How much do you spend on wedding stationery?

Digital Wedding – Have you thought about having your own wedding website? Some thoughts and suggestions on how to use digital tools and social media for your wedding. How to make your wedding digital yet safe and protected from unwanted attention…and not to upset any of your followers on Twitter/friends on Facebook.

Best Suppliers in the UK – List of tried and tested suppliers for card stock, envelopes, adhesives and anything else you might require to create your wedding stationery. All are online and not restricted to the south Wales area.

Watch this space!
Follow Teleri James Evans’s board Wedding Stationery on Pinterest.

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