With all of the tasks you’ll have to accomplish before your wedding day, it can be easy to let small details fall through the cracks. While you may set aside a solid portion of your wedding budget to cover the stationery basics, there is an amazing amount of decorative and utilitarian potential of stationery that you may be overlooking.
As you put together your wedding budget and begin to plan out your expenditures for your special day, we at Nanina’s in the Park want to help you maximize the potential of your wedding stationery. Be sure to keep this list handy as you begin your wedding planning.
- Save-the-date Cards
This will be the first notification that will be sent out to your family and friends, and if there is one area where you can try to save some money on your stationery expenses, this is it. Keep it simple with your names, the location of the ceremony/reception, and the date to give your guests the basic information to plan ahead.
- Wedding Invitations
Here’s where you can allow your creative talents to shine! The wedding invitation is the perfect chance to show off your wedding’s theme or to tell the story of you and your significant other. Aside from your stylistic touches, your invitation will contain the main card, the RSVP card and envelopes so your guests can reply.
- Rehearsal Dinner Card
While there’s a good chance that the individuals who are attending the rehearsal dinner already know they’re attending, a rehearsal dinner invitation is a nice gesture. This can take on any design, be it your wedding theme or to reflect the cuisine being served. Additionally, it may be easier to include this card with the wedding invitations sent out to those attending the dinner.
- Ceremony Program
When your guests arrive to your ceremony, the wedding program will welcome them to the event and outline the course of proceedings. This should list all of the readings and speakers, participants and their relationships to the bride and groom.
- Escort/Table/Menu Cards
When your guests walk into your reception hall, make sure they can quickly find where they will be sitting with escort/table cards. These can be arranged in any fashion to suit your theme, but this is a smart addition to your stationery budget. Additionally, cards for the reception tables and menu cards are must-have additions that will help your guests get acclimated as the reception gets underway.
- Thank You Cards
Last but not least, be sure to set aside a portion of your budget for thank you cards that will go out to thank your guests for attending your special day. As a rule of thumb, try to start filling out these cards as soon as you receive gifts from your wedding registry to ensure that you don’t have a mountain of cards to send out in the weeks and months following your wedding!