Wedding Stationery Frequently Asked Questions
As soon as possible after the engagement. You want to capture all the excitement, evening if you’re having a family meal.
Save the Dates are ideal for giving the wedding guests ample warning about the wedding date so that they can keep it free.
It’s like an insurance policy, you’ve set the date, got the venue, organised those critical things that get booked months in advance. Sending ‘Save the Dates’ means that your guests can plan and avoid booking holidays over the big day or those attending from overseas have time to get organised.
There are lots of Save the Date ideas online, they don’t have to be expensive, and if you’re opting for a DIY wedding, then they can simply be printed on a quality paper.
Whenever you feel it’s comfortable for you and not before you’ve determined all the critical information.
Most couples send their ‘Save the Dates’ 12 to 18 months before the wedding day, but there are no hard and fast rules.
If you’re planning a wedding overseas and planning to send abroad, wedding invites then the sooner you can send Save the Dates the better.
Traditionally wedding invitations are sent out six weeks before the wedding, but this is often too late for modern weddings as numbers are needed by the venue much sooner.
Remember to order your stationery with this date in mind;
If you are designing your own wedding invitations or making DIY wedding invitations then factor in the additional time this will take. Remember that a complicated wedding invitation design will take much longer to make.
If you’re having bespoke wedding invitations or personalised wedding invitations printed then make sure that you check the lead times.
(LINK) The wording used for your wedding invitations sets the tone for the day, and as it’s so important we’ve dedicated a whole page to it for you! Our page should give you all the information you need to find the wording that’s just right for you.
The critical details are:
- the names of the couple
- the Wedding Date
- The Venue
- The time of the wedding
- the Dress Code
If children are invited then yes include their names. If you’ve decided not to invite children, it’s helpful and polite to note this on the invitations or wedding information card.
In our experience, the additional effort and expense will be worth it, what’s more, include an ‘RSVP’ by date. It helps to encourage guests to respond and gives you a reason to request a reply if you’ve not had a response by your required date! An ideal ‘reply by date’ is about four weeks before the wedding day.
An RSVP card also gives you the opportunity to check other information such as any special dietary requirements (you can even include meal choices), travel/hotel arrangements and song suggestions for the evening reception.
YES! And make sure at least three independent people check too…………….if you’re making your own invitations, you’ll be very depressed if you get to the end and then find a typo. If you’re having your stationery made you’ll be equally distressed……….read, check, read, check and then check again and don’t just check for spellings check that you have ALL the crucial information included!dietary requirements (you can even include meal choices), travel/hotel arrangements and song suggestions for the evening reception.
Try to send these at the same time as the main day time wedding invitations to avoid any confusion. Keep a good record of who is invited to each and consider sending additional invites if some guests can’t attend (as long as you send your invitations early enough). Top Tip – keep good records!
If you have any declines from the wedding day guests, then you can consider bumping up some evening guests to make up the numbers.
It’s a sensitive issue, but if handled well then most guests are only too happy to be ‘moved up’.
The honest answer is ‘no’ as traditionally, this is the task of the Brides’ mother. If you’d like to include the wedding gift list reserve it for a separate wedding information card or sheet which can be sent with the invitation.
There are several rhymes or poems that are suitable for including with your wedding invitations.
You’ll need one invitation per couple or family. Remember those spares and keepsakes for yourselves (we allow 10-20 % so if you’re sending 50, you’ll have 5-10 spare).
Consider the postage when you’re planning your wedding invitation ideas (whether you’re making them yourself or having them made for you). Remember that sending many invitations may result in high postage costs (especially if your invitations are a large letter or boxed).
Some couples add stamps to their RSVP’s too as it encourages their replies.
Not as many as you think! Couples and families share quite happily if you can afford one per guest, then that’s great but don’t worry if not. Remember to save yourself a keepsake!
If you’re making your own, and we hope that you are, it will be more cost-effective, and as soon as you have the order of the day, the order of service printing can be well in advance.
Please remember that it’s essential to obtain all the relevant permissions for hymns, songs and readings for your Order of Service booklet. It’s always wise to check.
Wedding favour boxes can be filled with a generous gift or something simple like chocolates or lottery tickets.
Guests will always be delighted with a pretty wedding favour to open. If you can’t afford lavish favours then handmade ones like chutneys, jams or drinks are loved just as much.
Absolutely yes! It’s nice to incorporate a wedding photo on a thank you card.
Because it’s fun and you will save yourself some money!