Save the dates: Rapidly gaining popularity, these are sent eight to twelve months before your wedding and simply include your wedding date and general location. They are especially efficient for overseas guests or destination weddings, where more advance notice of your wedding date is necessary.
RSVP cards: Although replying by email or web is common, the RSVP card is a customary touch. It also gives you the opportunity to request extra information such as dietary requirements, or a favourite song to be played at the reception.
Enclosure cards: If you included every scrap of wedding information on your invitation, you’d end up with a cluttered design. This is what enclosure cards are for: an extra piece of card that can be slipped into your invitation envelope, its purpose is to provide accommodation options, specific ceremony and reception details and registry information.
Invitation: The star of the stationery suite, your invitation includes the time, date and location of your wedding, as well as the names of the people getting married. Generally, each word is spelt out in full (i.e. three o’ clock instead of 3pm, or twelfth of January intead of January 12) and the bride’s name is always written first.
Order of service card: An order of service card is the place to provide information about the big day: what to expect during the ceremony, explanations about any cultural traditions being carried out, and who’s who in your bridal party. If you’re having an “unplugged” wedding, include a polite request to ditch phones and cameras here too. These are generally handed out as guests enter the ceremony location.
Belly band: Keep hearing the word belly band and still have no idea what it is? It’s the strip of card that holds your invitation, RSVP and enclosure card together, so none of it gets left behind in the envelope.
Hang tag: Have your designer create hang tags in the same style as the rest of your stationery suite – tie them to favours, around cutlery or use them as an alternative to a belly band for bundling your invitation and enclosures.
Signage: Create a sense of welcome – and simultaneoulsy tie the style of stationery into your décor – with directional signs scattered throughout the venue.
Thank you cards: Factor these into your budget, as they are equally as important as invitations. Be specific with your wording, being sure to thank guests for the gift they gave you and how you plan to use it.
Thank you post cards: Budget running dry post-wedding? Ditch envelopes and choose a thank-you post card instead.