When choosing your wedding stationery it is very easy to feel overwhelmed by the sheer amount of choices: papers, designs, electronic versions or printed - to name a few - so we have put together a checklist to help you choose the right things for your wedding.

See as many samples as you can. Sit down together with a pile of samples. Many companies will send you a selection to look through. Decide which you like and what you like about them. It is also equally important to know what you disliked about your reject pile. Whilst looking at them consider whether you think you will want custom or bespoke wedding stationery.

Compile a list of guests and their addresses. Are Save the Dates necessary? Many people ask me this. I think they are useful, especially if you are planning several months ahead as then your guests know to expect an invitation. These can be sent electronically - ask your potential guests to reply with their current postal address so you have them ready when it’s time to post invitations.

Invite Checklist: When deciding on your final invitations remember what you liked/disliked from your samples and then refer to the following list to help finalise them.  Some of these are more important if they are being professionally printed; some things to consider:
  • Size
  • Colours
  • Weight
  • Envelopes
  • Content and wording
  • Font
  • RSVP card
  • What needs to be included (invite/info card/rsvp/schedule of day)
  • Quantity needed
  • Are separate evening invites needed? If so, will they look the same?

What to include? It is up to you what to include with your invitations. Some couples like to include lots of items such as an RSVP, menu choices if applicable, information about the day, suitable accommodation and gift list information.  You can include as much or as little information as you like, when it comes to the day information it might be nice to give your guests a surprise.

Quote from printer/designer. Confirm your wording and content. There are so many ways of inviting people to your wedding that it can be difficult to know where to start.  Who is the invitation from, the happy couple, either set of parents, stepparents. grandparents or everybody?  There are many options of how to word.  For more help or advice then don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Happy? Approve of your invitations? Send them to your printers/makers. If different people are doing your envelopes then do theses first as envelopes can often take longer.

Packaging for posting. If your invites are an awkward shape or quite thick then look into the most cost effective way of packaging your invitations.  If they contain many parts it might be worth investing in boxes as an alternative packaging? (Here is a luxury example!)

RSVPs should be noted as soon as guests reply so you can keep track of any dietary requirements as well as attendees. Remember to include a date to reply by on your invitation. Many wedding planners offer an RSVP service (even if it is not advertised) so they will chase anybody who has not replied enabling you to do more important things.

Secondary printing. Once your invitations have been printed/made and sent, you can relax! Start thinking about the next round of printing which includes: menus, Order of Service, place cards, table plans, table numbers, signs and thank you cards.

Quantity: It is expensive to have more stationery printed/made so order 10-15% more than you need to allow for any accidents or losses.

Inspiration. There are many many fabulous designers and printers of wedding stationery so here is a few of our favourites to suit all different budgets.
As with everything your wedding stationery should reflect your wedding and personalities.  Remember that less is more, especially when giving your guests information about your day which they don't necessarily need and possibly wont read and absorb.  
Happy choosing!