Saturday, 17 May 2014

A guide to choosing your wedding stationery | Budget Wedding Blog

Today I have a lovely article from Tree of Hearts to share with you about choosing your wedding stationery, when to send it, what to send, and how to word those invites (something I found a bit tricky actually)...

Choosing your wedding stationery can be quite daunting with so many lovely designs to choose from just where do you start and what things should you consider?

Set a theme

Setting a theme is something that you may not have thought of doing but it is an important part of your planning. Setting a theme in the very early will help you as you go on to buy wedding invitations, bridesmaid dresses, wedding accessories, venue decorations and so on, as it will act as a guide. If you are unsure what colour scheme or theme to go for, then try creating a mood board (one for each idea). A mood board can be created quite easily using magazine cuttings, photos, fabric swatches and even wedding invitation samples – have a go, it’s great fun. Here is an example of a lilac mood board

Order samples

Many good wedding stationery suppliers offer free samples so you can see and feel the quality of their products before you commit to buy. Samples also give you a true colour swatch as viewing wedding invitations or other stationery products online can often appear quite different depending on your screen settings. When ordering samples also look to see if there is other matching stationery like order of service, table plan, table numbers, place cards, menus, thank you cards as they are all items that you’re probably going to need.

Don't exceed your budget

Before buying wedding stationery you may not have realised how costly it can be. It is a good idea to write a list and work out the cost of all the wedding stationery items you will need for each of your favourite designs as this could end up being the deciding factor on which invitation to go for – there is no point splashing out on expensive luxury invitations if you then can’t afford everything else to match.

Plan your wording

There are many different ways of wording your wedding invitation depending on who is hosting your wedding (who is paying) and individual circumstances. Try researching ‘wedding invitation wording’ and ‘wedding stationery etiquette’ on-line, this will provide you with lots of wording examples and will also provide you with lots of help and advice.
As well as planning the correct wording you may want to double check your venue details before ordering your wedding invitations as mistakes do happen and it has been known for venues to double book, causing a lot of problems for the bride and groom to be.
Here is an example of traditional style wording. This would be used in the instance of the bride’s parents hosting the wedding.

Mr and Mrs D. Wilkinson

request the pleasure of


at the marriage of their daughter

Mr Stephen James Brown

at St Peter’s Church, Bewdley
on Saturday 25th July 2015
at 1:00 pm

and afterwards at
The Ramada Hotel,
Habberley Road, Bewdley

When to send


Save the date cards are usually sent out around a year to eighteen months in advance, this allows guests to plan around your forthcoming event, particularly if you’re getting married around a popular holiday period. It also helps people plan time off work and budget for the occasion, particularly if you’re getting married abroad. Save the date cards need only to contain brief details of your day, for instance your names and date and location if it is not a local affair.
Wedding invitations are usually sent out around 3 – 6 months in advance, and contain all the finer details of your special day. RSVP details should also be included on your invitation along with a date by which they need to reply. Getting your RSVP’s back is crucial as you will have a deadline to meet by your venue to confirm final numbers – so make sure you allow your guests plenty of time to reply.  
If you’re getting married overseas then I would recommend you send your invitations out between 6 – 12 months in advance to allow your guests enough time to book their flights and accommodation.

Whilst planning a wedding can be stressful and financially draining you should enjoy it – after all it’s all part of your special day.

Tree of hearts have over 60 designs available so you're bound to find something to suit, plus there producats are super affordable and great quality! Thanks for the advice guys!



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