Save the dates, invitations, RSVP cards, menus, name cards, and thank you notes...there are many elements to creating an organized stationery plan for all of the stages of your wedding.
Most important however, are the official invitations letting your guests know where to be and at what time to capture the beautiful moment that you say "I do". Invitations also tend to be the most traditional part of your wedding and there's some important etiquette you need to follow. To keep you on track, here's our simple list of do's and don'ts to make sure you're aware of the right protocol before sending out all those important envelopes.
- Have a theme that runs all the way through your invitations. Your stationery needs to match. From flowers to place settings, a well-considered color scheme always makes everything appear much more elegant and classy. Matching invitations will also give guests a sneak peek of what they should expect the ceremony to look like.
- Do give your guests plenty of notice. Save the dates are a really good idea, particularly if you're having a wedding in the holiday season or planning a destination wedding. People plan so far ahead these days and may want to make your wedding part of a holiday. The actual formal invitation should be sent 6-8 weeks before the wedding date itself.
- Do make sure that all necessary information is included You wouldn't believe how many invitations get sent out missing the date, or the venue, or the time. Double and triple check that the information is accurate and don't forget to include details of accommodation and a map if necessary.
- Do let your guests know the dress code. If your event is "black tie" then it should be clearly noted at the bottom of the invitation. Wedding attire can range from laid-back beach threads to glamorous red carpet getups, so let your guests know from the beginning what kind of outfit they will need to shop for. There's not much worse than turning up in a lounge suit to a wedding that's morning dress or vice versa. Everybody will feel more comfortable if they're certain what they expect to wear.
- Do address the envelope formally. That means that everyone's names should include their title and full name. Titles are important because they keep the tone formal.
- Don't include your wedding website on the invitations. If you have already made the choice to document your wedding on a personal website, it's okay to want to share it with your guests. However, the formal wedding invitation is not the place to include your website. Either include it in the save the dates, or just advertise it on your personal social media accounts.
- Don't include registry information. This is a major don't because it is considered impolite. You don't want to come off like you are asking for gifts. Guests should be inclined to simply ask you or your bridal party which stores are registered at.
- Don't invite everyone you've ever known. The size of the wedding can depend on many factors: the budget, the location, and your personal preference. Yet even if you choose to have a large ceremony, it's always necessary to edit your invitation list. It's unnecessary to invite that distant cousin that no one has spoken to in years. Focus on inviting the people that are nearest and dearest to your heart.
- Don't choose a font that is illegible. Calligraphy is very popular in wedding stationary, and rightfully so because it usually looks beautiful. Be mindful when choosing your fonts though. Some script can be very difficult to read, especially in light colors. Remember that the invitation is all of the essential information, so it definitely needs to be legible.
- Don't use labels for your guests' addresses. Yes, addressing envelopes by hand is a very tedious process but that's why there are professionals to help you out. Printed labels come off as lazy and inconsiderate, which is definitely not how you want your guests to feel. Consult your stationery designer first to see if they can also address your envelopes for you.
Featured image credit: Pineapple Paradise Wedding Invitations By Beacon Lane
Photos by Chudleigh Weddings, Kathryn McCrary Photography
It's hard to believe, but wedding season (June - September) - and summer - has come to an end. That being said, we're about to enter the hot zone of engagement season. Otherwise known as the holidays! Yay! Once the ole' chap drops to one knee and puts a ring on it and you finally set a "I do" date, what's next? Well letting your cherished guests know of course. Below are some of our favorite save the date ideas.
Sure, it's a frat party staple but what says "get ready to get down" more than a koozie? Get your guests excited to help you celebrate with a cute, kitschy koozie that includes your names, the date (obviously) and a little moniker for the big day.
A simple, sophisticated and savvy way to save the date is to send your guest list save the date postcards. Get further milage out of your engagement photos by choosing your favorite and making it the centerpiece of your save the date. Wedding Paper Divas, Paperless Post and Minted all offer great options. And, here's a perk - postage is 11 cents less than for a letter! It adds up!
A coaster is a cute and clever way to let your friends & family know the date is set and the party is being planned! We've seen everything from wooden to cardboard coasters and no matter what material you choose it's sure to make an impact among your favorite people. We like the rustic, embossed version seen above!
Save the date magnets have been around for a while and it's probably because they work! It's a functional and fun way to help your inner circle count down to the big day. Pick a background that's important to you and your partner or choose a engagement picture (or one from the past!) and get ready to see your face on every fridge!
No matter what you decide - get your save the dates out at least 6 months in advance so that your guests can set aside the time to help you celebrate. Happy planning!
Today there are a ton of great ways you can ask your closest friends and family to be a bridesmaid. And girls today are getting creative!
When one my close friends asked me to be a bridesmaid in her wedding, she went the sentimental route. She gave each of her girls a card and inside was a 5x7 picture collage of each of us with her through the years.
When my cousin asked me to be her maid of honor she took me out to dinner at a local restaurant. These are just two ways the bride can ask her girls to be part of her special day. Lately it seems brides are getting creative (thank you Pinterest!) with the ways they are asking their girls to be in their wedding.
This is a special time for the bride and while she may have her man, she will need her girls to stand behind her on her special day. Here are some really cute ways you can ask your girls to be part of your wedding.
[caption id="attachment_15353" align="aligncenter" ignore-width="580"] Click here to see how you can do this too![/caption]
I loved this DIY idea! What a sweet way to ask "will you be my bridesmaid?" And who doesn't love cake?
[caption id="attachment_15354" align="aligncenter" ignore-width="429"] Click here to see how you can create this box for each of your girls![/caption]
Creating this box that has some of her favorite things is such a cute way to ask your bridesmaid to be part of your wedding day. It's a great way to show each of them you have taken time and thought into who each of your girls are.
[caption id="attachment_15355" align="aligncenter" ignore-width="600"] Click here to see how to create this box for your girls![/caption]
Get the party started with your bridal party with this fun and personal DIY idea!
In case you are looking for a little something to add to a card, or a special box you are making for your bridal party, I really liked the Crystal & Silver Stack Bracelet set by The Dessy Group. It's even a great bridesmaid gift idea!
You have set the date of your wedding and now it's time to tell everyone about it! I came across these cute and memorable save the date announcements that offer something different for couples. Guests will not only remember the wedding, but the tiny details as well.
Pop up into the homes of your potential guests with this fun save the date announcement by StyleMePretty.com. This is definitely a fun and whimsical way to tell guests when you plan to tie the knot.
For the avid readers out there, check out this DIY save the date bookmark by Wedding Friends. It is a printable save the date that is perfect for book loving couples.
This save the date by Something Turquoise will have guests counting down to the big day with the couple's Instagram photo. Couples can print the photo with Printstagram and order sticker books for only $10. To see the full tutorial visit the Something Turquoise website.
This unique save the date magnet featured on Something Turquoise by Wedding Paper Divas is a great DIY idea for couples looking for something simple and easy to tell the world about their wedding day.