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Wedding Day Advice | Invitations and Stationery

A Guide to Choosing your Wedding Invitations and Stationery

Wedding stationery is used to convey certain messages – for example, to announce your wedding and invite guests, to let them know where they will be sitting at your reception and to thank them for coming after the celebration. Not only is it a practical means of communicating, but it’s also an extension of your theme and a reflection of your personal style. Get inspired with The Wedding Directory’s Five Point Guide to Choosing Wedding Stationery…

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1. Define your style

Purchase a large notebook with blank pages to create a ‘look book’. In it, paste pictures of wedding looks that you like, from dresses and décor to food and flowers. Look for inspiration and make a note about it – it could be the colour of your favourite flower or your favourite motif or font. Use this as a basis for selecting a stationery theme.

2. Find a stationer
Ask friends to recommend you good printers, preferably one which they have used. Working through your list of contacts, pay each printer a visit. Ask to see samples of their previous work. Check the samples for quality and ask what printing method is used, for example is it digital or lithographic? Take along your look book, including samples of invitations you like, fabric swatches or other props to convey the style you’re after, and enquire whether the printer has experience in creating similar invitations. Lastly, get quotes from those printers or stationers you consider to be the most promising.

3. Create a wedding stationery list

You will need:

  • Save-the-Date Cards – these are useful if you’re having lots of out-of-town guests, are getting married on a public holiday or are having a destination wedding. Save-the-Date cards should be posted six months prior to your wedding day.
  • Wedding Invitations – should be posted at least four to six weeks prior to the wedding day. TIP: Order extra invitations and envelopes to allow for mistakes in addressing and for additional invitees.
  • RSVP Cards – can be sent along with the invitations for invitees to communicate their attendance or non-attendance.
  • Information Sheets – detailing maps and directions to the venue, as well as useful information about accommodation in the area etc.
  • Order of Service – to be used at the wedding service, to detail the order in which the wedding service will be provided.
  • Place Cards – to indicate to wedding guests where they will be seated at the reception
  • Thank You Cards – to be sent to guests after the wedding, to express gratitude for their attendance and for their wedding gifts.

4. Consider the wording carefully

There’s no place for sloppy spelling errors or grammar on wedding stationery! Use a professional copywriter to write the wording for you.

5. Ask to see proofs of all stationery items prior to final printing!

Proofs will indicate what the final printed version will look like and will afford you a final opportunity to correct errors.

Look for ideas here:
KZN | Durban Wedding Invitations and Stationery
Western Cape | Cape Town Wedding Invitations and Stationery
Gauteng | Johannesburg and Pretoria Wedding Invitations and Stationery
www.millbankandkent.co.uk – Wedding Invitations
www.cometandcupid.co.uk – Wedding Invitations
www.aerringtoncreative.com – Wedding Invitations
www.cardlab.co.uk – Wedding Invitations
www.invitations-rsvp.com – Wedding Invitations

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