Wedding stationery is important to consider when purchasing your wedding invitations. You take significant time creating the theme for your wedding, and thus, you want to exude its ambiance through all aspects of your wedding stationery.
Wedding Stationery Elements
Wedding stationery consists of multiple paper elements used to communicate with your guests about your approaching wedding. This begins with your wedding invitations, of course, and can include all or a combination of the following: response cards with envelopes, reception cards, wedding programs, wedding announcements, place cards, pew cards, and thank you cards.
Purpose of Wedding Stationery
Wedding stationery packages are often presented as optional additions to your wedding invitations. Although deemed necessary in most cases, wedding stationery functions mainly to formally communicate your wedding details to guests.
Response cards should be enclosed with self-addressed stamped envelopes, allowing guests to RSVP by simply checking off “accepts” or “regrets.” There should also be a place for guest name(s), number of guests accepting, and meal choice if applicable. Thank you cards are also a wedding stationery requirement and should be ordered with the wedding invitations so you can properly thank early gift-givers.
Optional wedding stationery includes the reception card, which is enclosed if the reception will be held in a different location. Wedding programs aren’t required, but make nice keepsakes and usually list the wedding party, as well as the ceremony details.
If you’re having a large wedding, pew cards ensure that important guests are seated up front. Place cards simply help maintain a predetermined seating chart. Wedding announcements can be ordered and mailed a day or two before or after the wedding to anyone who should know about your wedding but didn’t make it onto the guest list.
Wedding Stationery Tips and Ideas
Your wedding invitation, which is the focal point of your wedding stationery package, should set the tone for the rest of the wedding stationery elements you choose. Maintaining consistency in paper, paper color, ink color and font among wedding invitation enclosures is essential. Otherwise, your wedding invitation package will be mismatched in style and tone, and your guests could think there was a printing mistake or their presence isn’t valued.
Exceptions to this rule would be wedding programs, wedding announcements, and thank you cards. Although your color scheme and general tone should extend to these elements, since they won’t be viewed with the wedding invitation, they don’t necessarily need to match – especially if you are having a more casual or contemporary wedding. For example, if your wedding invitations are printed on pink linen paper with black script lettering and two entwined hearts in the top corner, you could continue the heart theme, but don’t necessarily have to choose the same pink paper and could feature a heart border instead.
A more formal wedding should choose wedding stationery in traditional white, ecru, or ivory linen or parchment paper. To add some shimmer, you could deviate and choose silver, gold or copper ink with matching metallic-lined envelopes. Then, choose the coordinating wedding stationery that meets your needs.
Look for wedding stationery elements to match your wedding invitation or complement your wedding theme, ensuring that all guests know what to expect and where to go so all they need to do is enjoy watching your marriage begin.