Day-of stationery can be a little extra touch to an already special day. Day-of stationery just makes the organizational part of your day a little bit easier. It is a polite way of directing your guests in the direction you want them to go and to give them a clear idea of what can be expected on the day. No-one likes a guessing game.
If you’ve already decided on a theme for your wedding invitations, it can be a good idea to carry the same theme throughout your day. We can print your menu’s, seating chart, place cards, table numbers etc. all in the same theme. This does not restrict you to just one theme though. However you want your stationary, we can make it work.
If you decide to go with email invitations, you have to keep in mind that you probably still need day-of stationery for your wedding day.
We know, having gorgeous wedding stationery can add up, especially if you’re on a budget. Thanks to our experience we’ve been able to divide it into two groups, to make it easier for you. We refer to these as the “Essential” and “Non-Essential” stationery group.
The “Essential” stationery include;
The “Non-Essential” stationery include;
Let us start with the “Essential” stationery.
Although you would like everyone to enjoy themselves and not come over as a drill sergeant, everyone would appreciate a bit of order to the day. Believe it or not, but guests like to know what’s happening, where they are going to sit and what’s on the menu.
Unless you’re having a ‘cocktail’ reception, you will need a seating chart. Guests seating themselves often cause uncomfortable and nervous situations. It’s High School all over again. Remember, you might know everyone at your wedding but chances are your guests do not . To avoid conflict and make the dining experience more enjoyable, a seating chart is a great way to lead guests to their seats.
An alternative to a seating chart could be escort cards. An escort card is usually placed on a table at the entrance of your reception venue and has a name and table number on. The guests now know where they are allocated at and can choose their own seats.
A place card is placed on the table at a specific seat with the guests name on.
Table Numbers are a must and things can get very confusing without them, as you can imagine.
The “Non-Essential” stationery.
A program can be a way of including your guests and a nice keepsake for them to take home. It’s also a great read while they wait for the bride. Programs can be made into something fun and creative.
Information included can be anything from a description of your ceremony (processional music, greetings, readings, prayers, exchanging of vows…) to ‘thank you’ messages or something cute and personal about your guests.
Normally you would order programs for around 75% of your guests- keep in mind that couples share.
Menu’s are an opportunity for your guests to scan the menu and determine if there is something they are allergic to or if there is an alternative meal option (halal, vegetarian, gluten free).
Things like pretty printed favor tags are one of the small things that put an extra touch to your day. The difference between ordinary and extra ordinary is usually the small details that goes into a day.
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Every single person that is invited to a wedding should feel honored that you chose them to share the day with you. The bride and groom, in their own right, should feel just as honored that their guests went through all the trouble to join them. But before everyone starts feeling really honored and grand, there are a few logistical and organizational factors that need to be sorted out.
The most important of all: letting your guests know that they are indeed invited. And the most effective and special way of doing this is by sending them a “Save the Date”. The main purpose of a “Save the Date” is to give your guests ample time to get their affairs in order. There is nothing more disappointing than your favorite couple already being “booked” that day.
So… how does one address the “Save the Date”?
Usually they are not addressed in a formal manner.
The most important information should be:
When to send them out?
It is recommended to send them out once you have booked your venue and you have paid your deposit. Normally this would be more or less 6 months before the big day. If it is a destination wedding it should be earlier – 8 months before the wedding day.
If something changes, how do you inform your guests?
Things often change, and if they do you can always let your guests know by adding an insert into your invitation. People often use a “Save the Date” as a pre-invitation, where guests can indicate if they will attend the wedding or not (regrets only). This makes it easier when it comes to sending out invites, and gives you the chance to contact your guests if there is a change of plans.
Does the bride or the groom’s name go first?
Traditionally the Bride. If both the bride and groom are paying for the wedding it doesn’t really matter and in some cultures it is the groom’s name.
Do you have to send out “Save the Dates“?
If you are getting married in summer – which is considered a ‘high-travel time’- it is better to send out “Save the Dates” months in advance. They are a great change to work out your design and can determine the rest of your stationary, as well as giving your guests an idea of what to expect.
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Often times here at The Social Page we have couples place orders for invitations, and when asked how many they need to order, the couple looks at one another, do a quick scroll through their smart phone and say “I think 80 should be enough… yeah. Let’s go with 80.” Then, when it comes time to address the envelopes and put them in the mail, they realize they didn’t order enough to cover everyone on their guest list. Sometimes, after mailing them out, they run into an old friend that they now want to invite, or they realize they forgot to invite a distant relative. Suddenly they need 10 more invitations, ASAP!
If you’re looking to price out invitations but haven’t gone over your list yet, there is a formula to help give you a starting number.
The number of guests you are inviting divided by 2, then add 10%. For example: 150 guests divided by 2= 75 + (10%) 15= 90 invitations.
This is a good starting point, but never works better than a true list. This is because some couples are inviting more families than others, some invite many more singles than couples, and so on.
Remember, it’s one invitation per household, not per person!
The best way to avoid running into these issues is to write a numbered list of each family and each non-couple adult you are inviting. For example:
It is ALWAYS better to have a few extra invitations than to be short and scurry to buy more. It may take time to process a Re-Order and is often much less cost-effective than initially ordering extras (due to shipping costs of certain materials, price brackets for printing, etc). Brides find themselves stressed out from worrying about time and money while wedding planning, so avoid stress where possible by implementing the simple measure of list making!
This is a question we are asked OFTEN! Working out how to word your wedding invitations can be tricky – you don’t want to offend anyone by leaving people out, but you also want to make sure every one is covered. Depending on the tone of your wedding, the way you word it, also needs to fit accordingly.
The most traditional way to word your invitations would be to include both sets of parents;
Mr and Mrs Sam Smith
invite you to the wedding of their daughter
Son of Mr and Mrs Barry Jones
This reads as the Brides parents are paying for the wedding. It is typically the Brides parents and the Bride that are written first.
If both sets of parents are contributing, you can word it like this:
Mr and Mrs Sam Smith
Mr and Mrs Barry Jones
Invite you to join them at the marriage of their children
If you are getting married in a place of worship you should include
Request the honour of your presence
If you still want to be formal but are getting married else where you can put
Request the pleasure of your company
If you are choosing traditional wording, numbers and dates need to spelled out:
Thursday August eleventh
Two thousand fourteen
one o’clock in the afternoon
If the time is past 5:00 it then becomes ‘evening‘.
Here at the store, we are ready and available to help you with wording issues and make sure your invitation is exactly how you want it to read. Tricky family situations are also not an issue as we deal with this often. We can help you with any wording issues. If you are in doubt, come down and see us, drop us an email via our new contact page. We will be happy to help you out!