Every wedding invitation reflects the type of wedding that is going to be held. That is why it is the single most important stationary required of the occasion. A good 1 to 2 percent of the budget will go over to the stationary used. It is always good to have a back-up so order at least 10 extra invitations reserved for mistakes and late invites. This practice will cost less compared to ordering a new batch. Important elements in an invitation include the names of the hosts, bride and groom’s name, location of the wedding ceremony, date and time, reception location and the RSVP address. Have another person check all the details of the invitation before it is distributed to make sure all details are correct and properly spelled. Include in the invites if children are invited, if not, then it can be left out.
For guests who have to travel a long distance to attend a wedding, a Save the Date Card would be proper to be sent out. This type of card is sent several months in advance as a simple courtesy in order to give enough time for the guest to arrange his or her schedule so that they can make it to the event. Unlike the invitation, the Save the Date Card requires only the name of the Bride and Groom plus the date and location of the wedding. Note “Invitation to follow” so they do not need to call to be informed of the other details such as the reception location and time.
An easy way to finalize a guest list is by sending out a Reply Card. Already add a stamp to it so guests can reply as early as possible. A menu option can also be included here so the host would know their guest’s dietary needs.
As for Wedding Service Programme, it is almost like a mass booklet but contains more information. It may even include the whole wording of the ceremony especially if the vows are personally written by the couple to be married. Deceased loved ones, slight background of the upcoming wedding party, poems and photos are some facts that can also be included in a Wedding Service Programme.
Place cards are traditionally small cards engraved with the guest’s name used for the seating arrangement. A more creative approach can be used here such as carving the name of the guest in a pebble for example.
It is important to show appreciation for the guests’ attendance and gifts and this can be done by sending out Thank You cards. Stationary for this can be the same as the invitation or a pre-printed card from the local card shop will do also. Each note should be hand written as courtesy to the receiver.
To put special touches on the cards, add trimmings like feathers, pearls and shells. Putting a laser cut monogram of the couple’s initials is a new trend nowadays. For the wedding invitation, hosts can opt to include map directions and tourist attractions for additional information. Make your own stationary is another way to personalize things. Although it will take a lot of time, it can be very rewarding in the end.