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;
- large seating chart
- or personalized place cards
- table numbers
The “Non-Essential” stationery include;
- favor tags
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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