If you’re a regular reader of Pasties & Petticoats, you’ll know that wedding planner Jenny from Jenny Wren Weddings & Events has been sharing her own personal wedding planning journey with us.
Today Jenny is sharing with us her top tips for getting that all important stationery sorted, from invitation to table plan…
‘Yippee! – Its here! Its such a beautifully designed card, look at my name written in smart calligraphy! Where is the wedding? What does this tell me about the style? Ahhh, it’s so pretty. I’m going to pop it on my shelf for all to see!’
That is the kind of reaction we wanted when our invites reached our guests! As well as confirmation that our wedding is actually happening, a wedding invite gives the first hint of your day, setting the tone and giving a subtle insight of what to expect.
I have seen all sorts of designs in the past, from ‘wedfest’ tickets for a festival style wedding, to gold embossed lettering and intricate lazer cut designs for a more formal affair. Whatever your style, your invite will build anticipation and excitement for the big day.
There are many online versions on the market too now, which can be emailed to your guests. This is often cheaper and a more convenient option. I can completely see the advantages to these and many of my clients go down the digital route. However, call me old fashioned, I have always been a pen and paper kind of gal, with a true love of stationery. I was the paper princess in school and still cant give up my diary and day planner now, even though I also store everything digitally on my mac, so there is really no need for them.
I also think there is something about getting a hand addressed invite come through your letterbox, holding it in your hands, feeling the texture of the paper stock and appreciating its beauty!
There are many talented stationers to choose from, many of which specialise in a specific style, from traditional and elegant, hand drawn bespoke, to modern graphic designed.
Our wedding day is far from traditional, so we wanted our invites to be too. We enlisted the help of Sam & Helly, husband and wife team at Pip Designs Wedding Stationery, whose quirky and modern designs really caught our eye. We liked that designer Sam offered a bespoke service too, allowing our creative input to be combined with his talents, creating stationery that is personal to us, rather than having something off the shelf.
As well as design considerations such as decorative elements, fonts, accents, paper and colors, Pip give their clients guidance along the way on all the things to include in your save the dates and invites.
Here are some of their suggestions…
Save The Dates are a way to let your guests know the date and location of your wedding so they can plan ahead and make necessary arrangements. They are especially useful for friends and family that live further afield, to give them plenty of time to make transport and accommodation arrangements.
- Bride and groom’s names
- Wedding date
- “Invitation to follow”
Invitations should be informative, giving your guests all the details they need.
Wording wise it is personal preference how formal or informal you want them but these days we find many couples are now choosing to keep it much simpler.
- Couple’s names
- Time of arrival
- Time of ceremony
- Reception to follow- Location
- Small amount of extra information such as details of the evening reception
- Gift instructions
Information panel (to accompany invite):
These are for extra information that will assist your guests, consider including…
- Directions & map if necessary as well as venue address.
- Accommodation suggestions, B&B’s, hotels, campsites, to cover a range of budgets.
- Travel information; nearby airport, train station, car rentals, parking availability at the venue.
- Local attractions perhaps as a suggestion for those coming with children for a few days.
- Pre wedding plans the evening prior, post wedding plans for the next day and time to meet if applicable.
RSVP Card (to accompany invite)
RSVP’s can be kept really simple or made really fun. Things we suggest are
- Names of guests that will be attending (including children if applicable).
- Tick box for Attending/ Not attending. We love wording such as “Yes we can’t wait! Or No we can’t make it but we will be with you in spirit!”
- Pre order option card and menu if this has been decided.
- Dietary requirements and space to write information for those attending.
- Include cut off date, we suggest at least three months prior to the day. Confirm this with the venue/caterers.
- Space for their email- in case of any changes.
- Space for a personalised extra, such as a song request for the wedding reception.
A new service we are rolling out in 2017 are online invitations that include all necessary information and online RSVP function. This can feature the design of your Save The Date and links to maps and any other information. This option is quick and convenient as you RSVP within five minutes and perfect for eco conscious couples.
On the Day Stationery elements to think about are…
- Order of Service
- Table plan or escort cards
- Name cards
- Table name cards
- Thank you cards
- Bespoke signs ie Flip Flop box and Welcome sign
Thank you http://www.pip-designs.co.uk for these top tips!
We are over the moon with our designs and we have had endless comments from our guests on them. I really enjoyed sending them out and get excited every time I see another reply come back!