What Story Is Your Wedding Stationery Telling
Weddings are some of our favorite events. Months of planning — from choosing stunning wedding invitations to creating a tailored menu culminating in a day filled with love and beauty. Cascading floral centerpieces, glittering chandeliers, and all of your loved ones gathered to celebrate a new partnership. There’s truly nothing more beautiful than that.
We won’t keep you as we daydream about our love of all things weddings. After all, you’ve got planning to do! Everything at your wedding—from your venue to your attire— should reflect your love story including your wedding stationery. Your stationery can showcase your personality and values to your guests before your big day. (Psst: The Knot Invitations offers complete customization so you can create stationery that's authentic to you.) Before you order your stationery it's always a smart idea to put together a list of all the things you'll need to print for your wedding. This will help you and your spouse-to-be stay on budget and figure out which pieces are essential (like your wedding invitations) and which ones you may not need.
While save-the-dates normally include an actual picture of the happy couple, there's a new trend on the rise. More to-be-weds are requesting custom videos instead of traditional paper save-the-dates. "It is a great way to work with your wedding videographer before the wedding and the video can be played at your rehearsal dinner,"
"It's also the perfect way to share your love story with the people you are inviting to join you for your celebration." Pro tip: Shoot it at your wedding venue to get your guests excited about the event.
Here are a few tips
1. Send ‘Save the Date’ cards up to 12 months before your wedding. These are optional but helpful for destination weddings and holiday weekend celebrations. You can never give guests too much notice!
2. Send your invitations up to 3 months prior. Include an RSVP date of 3-4 weeks before the wedding, to give you time to follow up with anyone who hasn’t responded before the catering deadline.
3. Find your style. Do you love romantic calligraphy or modern graphic design? Give your guests a taste of the celebration to come.
4. Set the tone. There are many great examples of wedding invitation wording online, whether you’re after something more traditional or quirky and fun!
5. Be specific about who’s invited. This will help you avoid some awkward conversations later! For example, John and Sally + family, Elise + partner.
6. Cover all the details. In addition to the standard date, time and location, consider whether guests need directions to the venue, transport details, dress code, or accommodation information, and ask about any dietary requirements so you can advise your caterer.
7. Add a fun question. Help guests feel involved in the festivities from the moment they open your invite! Ask for their favorite dance song, drink, or holiday destination on your RSVP and enjoy reading their responses.
8. Request or make a sample. Whether you’re making your own or having custom invitations designed, seeing a sample will ensure you’re happy with the end result and cost to produce.
9. Check postage costs. Size, shape, and weight all affect the cost of sending your invites out. Take your sample or measurements to the post office to get an accurate quote.
10. Review, review, review. Have someone else proofread your text. It’s easy to overlook a typo, particularly in dates and times – not something you want on 60 copies!
11. Purchase more than you need. There’s often someone you wish you could have invited. If anyone can’t make it you’ll have an invite available, as well as one for your photographer to capture on the day.
12. Save time on addressing. Add a lovely final touch to your stationery with expert calligraphy and a return address stamp or seal! Your newlywed self will also be grateful if you address your thank you note envelopes at the same time as your invitations.
13. Create a numbered guest list. Mark the back of your RSVP cards with each corresponding number, in case anyone forgets to record their name before sending it back to you.
14. Don’t worry if someone doesn’t fill in your RSVP card. It’s okay for guests to RSVP via phone or email – the most important thing is that they’ve responded!