Goodness! Where do we begin. There are so many incredible wedding stationery providers that provide many wonderful and unique products.
The invitation is an expression of you and your partner and will also reflect the style of wedding you are having: traditional, country chic, vintage, modern, alpine, beach... the theming options are endless!
Start with a little inspiration
In this digital ‘visual’ age, curating your ‘wedding moodboard’ has never been easier:
- Social media platforms: Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook. Search via hashtags or keywords.
- Wedding blog sites: Style Me Pretty, Hello May, One Fine Day, The Lane, Polka Dot Bride, Nouba Weddings, White and many others all provide incredible real weddings with listing for suppliers used by the couple profiled.
- Wedding venues: what cues can you take from your wedding ceremony and/or reception venues? Leafy greens, rustic timbers, art deco styling.
- Bridal magazines: whilst the hardcopy is wonderful to flick through, most, if not all, are available online for you to peruse through.
- Wedding Fairs: definitely attend in person - fabulous vibe to get swept up in! But also check the wedding fair website for suppliers and pics post the fair.
Inspiration to ordering
From pinning, liking, sharing, posting and snapping… you will curate a defined wedding style.
If you’re after a custom designed wedding invitation, when liaising with your wedding stationery provider, provide them with a screenshot of your moodboard or provide examples and explain what you like about the image, such as: particular colours, patterns, decorations, themes, etc. This will help your supplier enormously in coming up with a unique and complementary design.
Off the shelf
Many wedding stationery designers provide ‘off the shelf’ template designs. These are fantastic for a quick turn around, slightly cheaper than bespoke and many offer custom colour. The work you did in identifying the style of wedding will make shopping for your wedding stationery easier by seeking designs based on the attributes you defined.
“Keep It Simple...Sweetheart” when it comes to the invitation content.
The wedding invitation should only contain:
- Who’s inviting the guests (see etiquette below)
- Couples names
- Date and time
- Ceremony venue name and suburb/city
- RSVP date
- Dress code
From there, you’ll also need cards to inform guests about:
- The reception
- Direction information (accommodation and transport)
- Gift guide
- Wedding events (pre or post wedding)
- Wedding website (instead of sending separate cards for each of the above pieces of information, consider a wedding website which can house all of the above information - read more about the benefits)
A word on wedding invitation etiquette
The style of wording / language on the wedding invitation will be dictated by the type of wedding you are having. However, regardless of whether you’re having a formal or casual celebration, there are a couple of etiquette rules to follow - which I'll allow The Spruce to explain. They recently posted on this, and I think it's a fabulous, comprehensive breakdown of how to word your invitation appropriately! They've thought of all possible scenario, especially regarding the delicate situation of priority order of hosts (ie. who's paying for the wedding).
On Monday, we looked at how to create your wedding guest list. Hopefully, you’ve made a start, it’s a big job, but it honestly saves a lot of time in the long run. Read the full article for tips and tricks!
And yesterday, we made decisions on the wedding stationery required for your big day.
Today, and although this might seem backwards, let’s look at your wedding stationery budget.
It’s reported by Bride Magazine’s Cost of Love Survey, that the average wedding costs $90K… Eeek!
I think it is much easier to work out what you should budget for wedding stationery once you know your actual numbers (including a couple extra to buffer for the “Reserve” guests - see Monday's post).
Most (if not all) stationery supplier price wedding stationery items per unit. And most allow you to order online. So going shopping without knowing the numbers, does not give a true representation of what you should budget.
And let’s be honest, wedding stationery (as seen in yesterday post) is much more than just the wedding invitation.
In our previous posts, we provided a spreadsheet for your Guest List. On tab 3 we have listed all of the stationery items you may require. Now go ahead and place quantities required next to each… now for the fun bit - go shopping and compare providers prices.
Tips and tricks
- Order extra (non personalised) invitations this will save time and cost you less than having to get extras made later.
- When factoring in the cost of stationery, don’t forget to include postage costs and stamps for the RSVP card.
- Note: Last year, Australia Post changed their cost of stamps based on expediency (ie. regular, priority and express). Additionally see their website for letter size classifications which attract different stamp prices based on the envelope size and weight (ie. small, large (125g), large (250g), large letter (500g). Have a play with their postage and delivery form.
- Opt for a wedding website (wedsite)… all of your additional printed elements that accompany the wedding invitation: RSVP card, accommodation options, transport guide, gift registry etc, are available online at your guests fingertips which saves on printing and posting costs (read more benefits).
- Email wedding invitations (evites) reduce the cost of stationery significantly. Services such as ours allow you to send email, print or a combination of both...because let’s face it, some guests might need a printed version as opposed to an email.
- Place your stationery order with one wedding supplier...this will ensure consistency across all of your stationery...and who knows, they might do a deal for you.
- Proofread your wedding invitation thoroughly! You don’t want to have to pay for re-printing of your wedding stationery.
- If you need further budget assistance, check out this fabulous online budget tool! Or i-do for tips and budget advice for you wedding day.