While most people think of the wedding stationery as being the invitation and the various bits at the ceremony and reception, there are a number of items of stationery you may require to get the party started - these are all optional, but may be of interest depending on the celebration you're planning
Engagement Party Invitation
To announce the couples engagement or an invitation to the engagement party. Be sure to only invite those guests who you plan on inviting to the big day
Bridesmaid Proposal Card
You're going to need your best girls around for help and support - sending a Be My Bridesmaid card is a lovely gesture
Hen Party Invitation
If you're having a particular theme for your hen party, it could be fun to send a card to the hens to set the tone. Finer Details have some lovely tea party style hen party invitations.
Save The Date Card
Save the Date cards are perfect for couples who need to give their guests advance notice of the wedding, particularly useful if you are getting married abroad or are inviting guests from abroad so they may begin to make travel plans.
Wedding Invitation Set
Invitations are the most important piece of your wedding stationery. They invite your guests to your wedding ceremony and the following reception and inform them of the date, time etc.
Sent with your invitations, these cards allow guests to tell you whether they are attending or not.
Direction Information Card
Maps and direction information is useful to help out of town guests with the location of your church/ceremony venue and reception venue. Accommodation information contains contact details and web references for local hotels or B&B's for guests who may require it.
Wedding Events Itinerary Insert
This card lets the guests know if there are other activities planned prior to or following the wedding ceremony and reception, such as a welcome party, a dinner the night before, or a second day bbq. Particularly useful for a 2 or 3 day wedding, or if the wedding location is far from home/abroad.
Order of Events
The order of service/ceremony booklet is used for the wedding service and contains the names of the bridal party, name of the officiant, the plan and songs, music etc. Additional information could be added to make the program more personal to the day such as quotes or poems, bios of the bridal party, "in memory of" tributes to loved ones who have passed on, or a thank you to the parents and guests.
The Wedding Program
This informs guests of how the evening/reception will unfold from the meal to the speeches that will be made, the cutting of the cake and the first dance. At Irish weddings this isn't very usual, but sometimes is written as a blackboard sign. Helpful if you have lots of things planned, or a venue with many rooms.
Seating Plan/Table Plan
Seating or table plans are on display at entrance of the reception area and show your guests a plan of the table layouts so they can easily find their seat.
Place cards (per 50)
Place cards are placed at the seat of each guest and inform him or her where to sit. These can form part of a favour left for each guest.
Table Numbers/Table Names
Placed on each table, table numbers or names are used to identify the table to your guests, so that when they pick up their escort card, they can immediately recognize the table card that matches it.
The Menu Card informs the guests of the meal ahead. It can contain the food options or the set menu and choices for those with dietary restrictions. They are not essential for a buffet or if you are having a relatively short wedding reception with appetisers.
Wedding Stationery for After the Wedding
To announce the couples marriage to family and friends if couple have a small intimate ceremony or elope.
Change of Address Card
Change of address cards can be useful if the bride or groom has changed their residence following the wedding.
Thank You Cards
Thank you cards are sent to your guests shortly after the wedding, thanking them for their gift and for attending your wedding. Thank you cards are also used to thank bridesmaids, flowergirls and the host of your hen party.
Personal Wedding Websites are websites that engaged couples use to aid in planning and communication for their wedding. The websites are used to communicate with guests of their wedding and inform them of location, date, time, and a gift registry.
Personalised Website – Fully Mobile Compatible
1 - 3 Page website Domain Name – eg. www.brideandgroom.co.za
1 Years free website hosting
Online RSVP Form for your guests to confirm online
Interactive Map to Venue
Countdown Timer to Wedding Date
Save the Date Design
Additional Pages for your website
Other Optional Wedding Stationery
If you're planning a lot of venue decor ideas at your wedding, like having a sweet bar or dessert table, a photobooth, baskets in the bathrooms, a fingerprint guest book etc, then you need to think about appropriate signage and stationery for it. There's nothing worse than a handscrawled or word/clipart sign to ruin all your great work. Worse, with no signage people mightn't even use what you've created. Common things you may need include:
Wedding signs are a fun and informative element to add to your ceremony and reception decor. Things like a welcome sign, "toilets, dancing this way...", quotes, etc. You don't need to go overboard with signs, but they can be a really nice touch, and help with logistics too. A really popular one is an "order of the day" sign, so your guests can see what's going on when. R50 per sign design