When it comes to wedding planning, there are many-a-helpful checklist out there for the bride-to-be. But I thought I’d make one especially for the wedding stationery to-dos.
When brides ask me what types of stationery they need for their wedding, my answer is always something like, “We can do whatever you want.” It’s vague, but it’s absolutely the truth.
The budget-minded bride can choose to keep it simple or the bride who wants it all, can add special touches to her big day with the works. The good news for both types of brides is that details made from paper don’t have to break the bank.
Wedding Stationery Check List:
First things first. Once you decide on a date and book the venue, you can get those save-the-dates out. You don’t have to have all the information decided, but this will give your guests a fair warning to keep your wedding date open. It will also give your guests ample time to arrange for travel and lodging, if necessary.
Once you lock in all those important details, you’ll want to send out your wedding invitations. Ideally, you should send them out 4-6 weeks before your wedding, so you can give your guests time to respond. If many of your guests will be traveling, I recommend six weeks, but if most of them are locals then four weeks should be enough time.
Having a bridal shower, bachelor/bachelorette party or rehearsal dinner? Party invitations are normally handled by the hosts, but don’t forget about your bridal luncheon and the rehearsal dinner.
Wedding programs are a great way to help your guests follow along during your ceremony. They can also serve as a way to share some special details, give thank you and even give directions to your reception. Wedding programs can also double as wedding favors. These should be ordered at least a few weeks before your big day.
Want to show your guests what will be served? Wedding menus are the perfect detail to add to a place setting.
Want to personalize your wedding a little more? Choosing monogram napkins are the perfect way.
Table numbers not only make it easy for your guests to find their seats, but with the right colors and design, they also make a great addition to your centerpiece.
If you want to have your guests know exactly where to go, place cards are just what you need.
Seating charts are a nice alternative to escort cards for receptions that will serve a plated meal.
You will want to send thank you cards to anyone who gets you a gift throughout your engagement process and maybe even a few special people from your wedding.