After chatting with brides over the past couple of years, I’ve realized that most are so focused on their invitations that they hardly remember there are so many other pieces of stationery needed for their wedding! Escort cards, menus, programs, table numbers and more… the list could go on forever (keep scrolling to the bottom for a free wedding day stationery guide!).
The truth is, about half of your stationery budget should go towards your invitations with the other half reserved for your wedding day stationery (it adds up!)
Now, let’s get real for a minute. By the time your wedding day is just a couple months out it seems soooo easy to just go online and order up some of the preformatted stationery. You might be surprised to hear that I do recommend those types of sites for birthday bashes, anniversary celebrations and more. But for your wedding? We want you to have the most beautiful custom stationery that truly showcases you and your unique love story (and guarantee it hasn’t been used by many brides all over the country!). That’s something you just can’t get from an online vendor.
As you begin thinking about making your big day as cohesive as possible, consider your stationery as one of the very best ways to bring it all together. Everything from your invitations to a large welcome poster at the entrance of your ceremony to your wedding gift thank you note can (and dare we say ‘should’) seamlessly flow from start to finish. The best way to accomplish this? Commission a local stationer, who you trust, to help you invoke your personality and wedding aesthetic throughout all of your stationery!
No. 1 Programs
Use your programs to inform your guests about the wedding ceremony order of service, the friends and family in your wedding party, and even to leave a brief thank you note to all those who are attending.
No. 2 Menus
While menus don’t seem like an item that would be easily forgotten, have you thought about deciding between a menu on each placesetting, one large scale menu when guests enter, a personalized menu that doubles as a place card, a menu for each entree vs a menu with all entrees listed? If you’ll be placing a menu on each place setting, don’t underestimate the way the colors and fonts used will impact your tablesetting. A rich burgundy menu will certainly pop and is a cost effective way to add color to your table without having to blow your budget on custom burgundy linens.
No. 3 Signage
We’re not talking about going into Google Docs and typing up a sign, we’re talking customized signage for your bar menu, escort card display, guest book and gift table, large scale posters to welcome guests or inform them of the timeline of the day. These pieces should seamlessly coordinate with the rest of your stationery
No. 4 Favor Tags
Whether you’re gifting guests with a beautiful memento or making a donation on their behalf to a local organization, let them know in style with a favor tag designed to perfectly coordinate with the item and your wedding. Consider the color and shape of your favor when deciding on a tag (stay within your palette of colors you’ve been using for your other stationery) so that the two can work together in harmony.
No. 5 Thank You Cards
Round out your wedding stationery with custom thank you cards that will truly impress your guests. We love to use these cards as a place to showcase your newly minted married monogram or incorporate that cute custom illustration of you as bride and groom one last time.
PS. While these are just the top five forgotten pieces, there are many more wedding day stationery items to be had. Use our free Wedding Day Stationery guide to see what you’re missing!
Want more expert advice for your wedding stationery? Dive into our other Wedding Stationery Basics blog posts!