Planning a wedding is a BIG thing! It’s like a project in it’s own right, but as such the thinking behind planning your wedding stationery should also be treated the same.
There are lots of important details you need to be clear on before you can really be clear on how your wedding stationery fits in. The thing about your wedding stationery is that it sets the scene. It really does begin to tell the story of your special day, it’s the first and last clue your guests will have about the journey the two of you have taken together, from sending Save the Date cards to Thank you cards when the big day has passed.
I’ve met so many brides over the years who’ve sent save the dates ordered from one of those internet printing places (you know the ones) before they’ve even looked at wedding dresses, it’s something that’s often done as soon as the venue is confirmed.
There’s nothing wrong in this at all, there’s no right or wrong when planning your wedding, but it can be such a missed opportunity. By just waiting a couple of weeks in the really excited period of your wedding planning you can create such a pretty picture in the storytelling and really wow your guests from day 1. You might have started a pinterest board where you can see everything else taking shape and then realise those bargain postcards just don’t fit in with the theme at all.
Having said that what a lovely unexpected surprise for your guests to then be presented with beautiful handcrafted loveliness inviting them to your special day a few months later – it truly does depend how much the ‘whole’ picture matters to you. Does it all need to be just so?
So before you stock up on stamps and update your address spreadsheet have a think about your theme. Have a think about the ‘feel’ of your big day and what you want guests to remember it for. Do you want it to feel a bit ‘thrown together’ or do you want it to be seamless? Every little detail you take the time over is what will leave a lasting memory, for them but also more significantly for you.
I clearly remember when I first started planning my own wedding in 2003. My head was a jumbled mess of colours and patterns, I do laugh now when I think about the absolutely hideous sparkly material I had been looking at convinced my bridesmaids would look FABulous in it, if I could only find it on the market and get someone to make the dresses up for me. I had absolutely no clue. I couldn’t decide on colours, I kept thinking peach, everyone expects peach don’t they? I don’t even really like peach! Eventually thank goodness I found much more suitable alternatives and to this day dread to think how I’d have felt looking at my photos if I’d stuck with the peach.
You can make this a picture perfect memory from whatever point feels right to you. Don’t rush into sending Save the Dates just because you think that’s what you’re supposed to do.
Here’s a few things to consider before you begin planning your wedding stationery.
1. Guest list – are there any restirctions on this ie venue or budget?
2. VIP guests – make sure you consider grandparents, godparents or anyone extra special in your life.
3. Dates – when do you need to to send them, when do you wish to receive your RSVPs by?
4. Timings – are you allowing enough time to have them made?
5. Wedding details – are both venues confirmed?
6. Themes – there is a world of choice out there!
7. Colours – your colours are not your theme, they can be different but still related in some way.
8. Evening numbers – remember you only need to count your daytime guests once!
9. Cost to send by post (are they bulky or especially large?)
10. Your budget – an important one to consider for every aspect of your wedding planning.
11. The reliability/ reputation of the supplier – have you found them by recommendation or by chance?
12. Have you got a clear idea what wedding stationery items you need? if you sign up here to receive my newsletters I can send you a FREE wedding stationery checklist!
13. Can they provide you with bespoke design if that’s what you want? And will this cost extra?
14. Do you need to make time for an appointment or can it be done via email instead?
15. Are you ordering from a real person or a website? Consider if its not a nearby supplier that there may be extra costs for them to be sent to you before you can post them out, and the extra time needed for this.
16. Have you seen their work or any samples or are samples available?
Once you have all of these answered and if you have already found a supplier then move on to the next stage of booking an appointment or ordering a sample. You should alwaysALWAYS make sure to see a sample of their work no matter how pretty the pictures look, if time is of the essence then see if you can get to a wedding fayre where they are showing their work or something like that, and set your mind at rest. I can’t stress this enough having met so many brides over the years who were really disappointed once they had received samples from individuals whose work just wasn’t of the standard expected. Make sure there is going to be enough time to get everything done as is needed.
I’ve got so many hints and tips to share with you so I won’t keep waffling on for now but I hope this has helped and perhaps given you something to think about that you might not otherwise have thought of.
I’m always here if you have any questions about planning or booking your wedding stationery – I’m just at the end of an email address and available for a cuppa and a chat if that is what you would prefer.
What lovelier way is there to begin organising for the biggest day of your life? J
I look forward to hearing from you if you need to know any more,