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Whether you are just beginning your wedding planning journey or are well on your way to finalising the details, you might feel like you’re on what feels like a never-ending quest to create that truly unique and perfectly themed wedding. How to inject personality and continuity throughout a wedding is one of the questions I am always asked, and it’s actually a question that you will already know the answer to, you just haven’t seen it yet. Whether you were at a recent wedding, looking through the latest bridal magazine or have just spent hours pinning on Pinterest, you would have seen some beautiful and inspirational details by now, however, maybe you’re still struggling to find that special something that’s right for you. This is perfectly natural so don’t worry and in fact the answer to making your wedding unique is to spend more time looking closer to home, at your own personal love story instead of someone else’s. So, from your initial save the date cards and invitations to your wedding day table plans, we will take a look at the many details and stationery ideas that will help you to create that very personal and unique wedding day.
SAVE THE DATE
A save the date card will be the very first announcement after setting an official wedding date. Your guests will love receiving a save the date card unexpected through the post so make it an exciting and memorable first impression, encouraging them to immediately want to rush to their diary to reserve the date. These should ideally be sent out to everyone on your guest list as soon as your wedding venue has been secured, giving your guests as much time as possible to arrange themselves. Keep the information clear and to the point, but also add hints to your wedding destination to create even more excitement. This is just a teaser after all, as your official wedding invitation will follow shortly. Here are some important things to include on your save the date cards.
- Name of the Bride and Groom
- Date of the wedding
- An idea of the wedding location
- State that a formal wedding invitation will follow
PERSONALISED WEDDING INVITATIONS
A wedding invitation is the first real impression your guests are going to receive about your event, and many will see this as a teaser of the day to come, so try and make them unique, personal and memorable. Colour is a great way to infuse personality into your invitations, and a great way for you to also give that little hint to your guests about your wedding theme. However, remember that your invitations are not only a way for you to show off your style and flare with the beautiful design, quality paper and printing, but it is also key in providing important location information, especially if you are planning that destination wedding. Beyond the location of your wedding, the invitation will also need to include many other important aspects so that your guests are fully aware of what is expected and they can start making any relevant plans. Your invitations should ideally be sent out to your guests no later than 6 months ahead of your wedding date to ensure everyone has plenty of time to arrange work leave and travel and accommodation arrangements. Here are some important things to remember when creating your invitations.
- Full names of the Bride and Groom and persons hosting the event
- Date of the wedding
- Time of the wedding ceremony
- Address/Location of the wedding ceremony venue
- Time of the wedding reception
- Address/Location of the wedding reception venue
- Hotel recommendations
- Dress code
- RSVP address
- RSVP deadline date
- RSVP return card
- Food Intolerance request
- Travel information and a map
- Link to a wedding website
- Wedding programme
PERSONALISED WEDDING WEBSITE
The structure of a wedding invite has generally stayed the same for decades, but one of the latest advantages to come along since the internet is the ability to build a personalised wedding website or wedsite as I like to call them. Wedsites are a great way of displaying all the information that you can’t generally fit on your wedding invitation. These wedsites are also fully interactive so you can add new information at any time and some even offer the opportunity to have a chat or message board facility so that your guests can ask questions and you can reply to them. There are many inexpensive online wedding website companies available, all have many pre designed and easy to use templates to choose from and all that take only a couple of hours to set up and send out. Easy, and your guests will love the visual interaction. Get to work designing and/or completing your wedding wedsite as soon as you have secured the essential elements of your wedding, such as your wedding date and venue. Here are some ideas that you can add to a wedding website that you wouldn’t necessarily include on your invitations.
- Information about yourself
- Introduction to your wedding party members
- Travel information and links to train and ferry services
- A map showing the area of your wedding
- Accommodation recommendations
- Hair dressers and Make up salons in the local area for your guests
- Restaurants, bars and local night life
- Top tips for the surrounding area
- An automatic RSVP button
WEDDING DAY DETAILS
So, you have sent your save the date cards and invitations, received your RSVP’s and now have a clear understanding of whom will be attending your wedding day. Now it’s time to start considering those extra wedding day finishing touches, such as table place names, table seating plans and wedding reception menus. It is such a lovely idea for your guests to see your colour theme and style continue throughout your wedding stationery, and I can assure you that this won’t go unnoticed. We understand it will be difficult for you bring large items to Italy, so we have teamed up with florists that not only provide you with the most incredible wedding day flower arrangements, but who can also provide those remaining stationary items.
Here are some stationery ideas that you can ask your stationer to design and create for your wedding day.
- Table names
- Table place names
- Wedding favour tags
- Welcome bags
- Table seating plans
- Escort table cards
- Thank you cards
- Activity signs
FINDING THE PERFECT WEDDING STATIONER FOR YOU
There are many specialists available to help you design and create your perfect wedding day stationery. Just like any other wedding vendor, I would highly recommend finding a stationer that you initially like and then completely trust. The more you tell your stationer about your event and your personalities, the more they will be able to make the details unique to you. Make sure your stationery reflect your personality and never be afraid to ask questions. Any design process can naturally feel a little scary but just make sure you stay true to your style, wants and needs and you will soon end up with beautifully unique stationery that you love and are so excited for your guests to see.
Please see the list below of some of mine and my past wedding couples favourites
- Evr Paper – Wedding stationer
- Momental Designs – Wedding stationer
- Shh My Darling – Wedding stationer
- Atelier Isabey – Wedding stationer
- Design by Laney – Wedding stationer
- Bella Collection – Wedding stationer
- Minted – Wedding stationer (contact us for collaboration discount code)
- Bliss and Bone – Wedding website
- Riley Grey – Wedding website
- Appy Couple – Wedding website
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