Before the Wedding
ORDER YOUR INVITATIONS ONCE YOU HAVE ALL THE RELEVANT DETAILS CONFIRMED, AROUND 6 MONTHS BEFORE THE WEDDING IS IDEAL.
Plan to send your invitations out 3-6 months before the wedding, once you have all the relevant details confirmed.
When choosing your stationery, it’s worth bearing in mind your wedding invitations communicate a whole lot more about the big day than just the basics. The design and the formality of the wording will give guests an indication of what to expect. Along with the invitation itself, you may wish to include the following:
Keeping track of guests’ responses can be tedious and time-consuming. RSVP cards give guests a simple means of reply, making the job a little easier. If you need to collect information such as menu choices or places on the bus, RSVP cards are a must!
When we got married, I was amazed just how much stuff guests needed to know. Information cards keep all the details in one place. You might wish to include directions, accommodation options, gift list details, dress code or rules on confetti.
The good news is you'll only need one invitation per household, rather than a separate one for every guest.
Numbers vary from one wedding to another, but as a rule the number of invitations you'll need is somewhere between half and two thirds the number of guests. Multiplying the number of guests by 0.6 is usually pretty accurate.
I always advise ordering a few spare invitations for peace of mind. Late additions to the guest list do happen, and unfortunately it’s very expensive, and not always possible, to get a few extras at short notice.
Ceremony & Reception
ON THE DAY ITEMS CAN BE ORDERED AT THE SAME TIME AS YOUR INVITATIONS OR LATER ON, USUALLY AROUND 3 MONTHS BEFORE THE WEDDING
Orders of service / ORDERS OF THE DAY
For a church ceremony Orders of service are essential, giving details of hymns and readings during the ceremony.
Your officiant will advise exactly what to include. Be aware they may also want to check proofs before going to print, so make sure you allow plenty of time for this to be done!
Guests like to know what’s happening. Having an Order of the Day on hand makes sure nobody misses you cutting the cake. Either have small ones that guests can keep, or display a large one somewhere prominent in your venue.
Table Plan, Escort Cards & PLACE CARDS
If you’re planning a sit down reception, you’ll need a system to help guests find their seats with minimum fuss.
Escort cards are printed with each guest’s name and table number and displayed at the entrance to the wedding breakfast. Each table needs to be marked with it’s own name or number, and you may wish to use place cards as well.
Displaying a large table plan at the entrance to the room is more traditional. Again, you’ll need names or numbers to mark each table and place cards to indicate who’s sitting where.
A menu on each table serves to whet guest’s appetites for the feast they’re about to enjoy. Alternatively individual menus at each place setting can double up as place cards.
There’s no need to restrict yourself to a table plan – weddings are full of excuses for some beautifully printed signage!
How about a drinks menu on the bar including your signature cocktails, labels for the sweet table, a beautiful quote, or an Instagram hashtag for all those dancefloor selfies…
Thank you cards
And finally... After you’ve returned from honeymoon and stopped finding confetti in weird places, you’ll want to thank everyone who made your wedding day so special.
That's all of the basics covered, if you'd like to read more though take a look at the stationery guide posts in the Journal. Here you'll find more details on topics such as how to word your wedding invitations. Do feel free to get in touch if you have any questions at all; I'll always do my very best to help.
The first step is to get in touch for a quote; let me know the design you've decided on and which items you require. Either send me an email ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) or fill in this simple form. There’s no need to work out quantities, just fill in your guest numbers. If you have any questions about your order drop me a line and I’ll do my very best to help. Once you’ve confirmed your order, I’ll be in touch to get all the details for your invitations.
You’ll receive a full set of digital proofs via Dropbox link. Please check these very carefully and let me know of any changes as soon as possible. Please bear in mind that any changes made once proofs have been approved will incur a charge to cover extra time and materials. Sadly if your order has already been printed this can be quite substantial.
A non-refundable deposit of 50% is needed to confirm your order before work commences. The balance of payment is due 7 days before the final part of your order is dispatched. I accept payment either by bank transfer or as a secure online payment via the website.
You’ll need to allow 4-6 weeks from approving your proofs to delivery. Depending on workload, speedier delivery may be possible, please let me know when ordering if you need your order quickly and I’ll do my very best to accommodate you. Delivery is via courier or Royal Mail special delivery and will require a signature upon receipt.
On the Day items
You are welcome to order any on the day items at the same time as your invitations. (If you are able to do this it helps me enormously with print scheduling, and usually works out a little cheaper!) Don’t worry that you don’t have all the information yet, I won’t need the final details until 6-8 weeks before your wedding. I normally aim to dispatch this part of your order 2 weeks before the wedding to ensure you have everything in plenty of time.