Stationery is the part of a wedding that sets the tone for your big day. It is the first element of the wedding your guests will see. There is a lot to think about when planning this element, letterpress, foiling, card stock, it can be overwhelming at the best of times.
Use our tips to help make the process easier.
Bliss and Bone
First of all, decide if you are wanting a font based or illustration based design, this will cut the decision time in half. Font based is just text with no imagery, just make sure your designer does not use more than 2 fonts on your design or it can look messy. Illustration based is when your invitation suite is based around an image, wether it be a pattern or a watercolour drawing.
If choosing foiling (metallic looking finish on text) or letterpress (when the text is imprinted into the paper stock), while these elements are stunning they are costly so be prepared for a larger quote. Spend your money where you value it, a digital metallic can be a good substitute for foiling.
The Style Co
Card stock can be confusing, ask your designer for their recommendation for your design and printing style. Letterpress requires a much thicker GSM (Grams per Square Meter / Thickness), the thicker the GSM the more luxurious it feels, the cost does go up the thicker you go, so be mindful of that.
Save the Dates are sent out 6-12 months in advance. Sending 12 months in advance is usually only for destination weddings or for guest booking international flights and accomodation.
Invitations along with RSVP’s and gift registry or wishing well go out 3-6 months prior.
When telling your designer the number of invitations you need, count the households not the individual as this will half the number and cut costs, as families and couples who live together will share an invite. Always order at least 5-10 spares as keepsakes and for any last minute guests!
The Little Press
The most important thing to remember when creating your wedding stationery is to triple check every detail. Although it is your graphic designers job to look over spelling and grammar, you know your wedding guests and details best so always get someone else to give the once over before sending to print.
Head over to our directory for the stationery designers we recommend.
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