Did you know that when you choose to send out a save the date or wedding invitation you are telling your guests the type of wedding you are about to have? Setting the date for your wedding is the easy part, setting the tone is a whole other story. Your wedding day is a reflection of you both as a couple and how you want to show yourselves to your friends and family as you emerge into your married life together. There are companies out there that offer a bespoke stationery service where you can design everything and order everything yourself and websites such as www.cardsbysophie.com can help you from beginning to end. We’ve compiled some tips for you when it comes to organising, printing and designing your wedding invitations.
- Response! As important as all your stationery is, including a separate RSVP card to post back can be really vital. A lot of people forget to RSVP which isn’t always the most polite way of accepting a wedding invitation and if you want to avoid people randomly turning up on the day, ordering these as an insert for your invitations can be really helpful for those forgetful older relatives and scatter brained friends!
- Writing. You don’t need to be Shakespeare to write a good wedding invitation and it doesn’t have to include a monologue introduction of your lives together. All you need to ensure you include is all the correct details for the ceremony and reception locations and times. You also need to make sure that the receiver of the invitation knows how many guests the invite extends to so if you don’t want any plus ones, make it clear! Dress code should definitely be crystal clear because the last thing you need is an old friend showing up in an identical dress to yours…the bride!
- Sweet Thanks! Sending thank you notes is a polite and important part of wedding stationery as a whole and should ideally be planned in advance with your invitations. You never know, you may be able to get a package deal so speaking to your designer or printer about this can be crucial. You may also find that ordering your thank you cards with the save the dates can help you remember who to write to.
- Style. Between choosing whether you want to exude exquisite elegance or blast everyone away by your brilliantly boho chic outlook, your stationery should reflect your couple personality. Get your head together with your other half and decide if you want bright green or apple green, plain or funky, lacy or racy. If you’re likely to go with the flow and be easy breezy, boho chic is definitely up your street. Prefer engraved excellence? Something more formal is for you and you can choose your stationery budget based on your tastes.