Choosing the style of your wedding stationery can be pretty overwhelming – particularly with the myriad of choice around these days. The invitation is your guest's first look at the style of your wedding so they’ll get an idea of what sort of occasion you’re planning – elegant and formal or casual chic. The most important thing to remember is that the ‘Big Day’ is all about you and what you, and your husband or wife to be, really want. Don’t be swayed by the conflicting views of others.
Working with a high quality, experienced Wedding Stationer will also help. Discuss the style you’re thinking of, the colours you love and your budget and they should present you with ideas you’ll like. If you would like to be
Here is our 12 point plan to get your started:
1. Define your wedding style: Take time out to peruse ideas for colours and themes on Pinterest and Instagram. There are so many beautiful designs to inspire you. Try to choose a design with which you are both happy, even if this involves some compromise.
2. Choose your colours: Think about your wedding colours too - you may want to incorporate your colours and a motif into your wedding invitations and then carry both through to the rest of your wedding stationery (like the escort cards, menu cards and order of service) for a cohesive look.
3. Play with the shape and size of your wedding invitation: Just remember that bulky or extra-large invites may cost more to post.
4. Make sure they're legible: Consider colours and patterns, but make sure the background contrasts enough for the lettering to stand out and don’t overcrowd the card.
5. Consider timings: Send your wedding invitations in good time, especially if your date falls at a time of year filled with competing events or holiday plans, or if your guests will be travelling from afar. Consider sending out Save the Date cards in advance of invitations.
6. Consider your budget: Some printing techniques, such as embossing, can cause costs to mount up.
7. Think about the envelopes: For instance, do you want envelopes lined with tissue or the same motif as the invitations? Do you want to use a calligrapher to address the invitations? Again, your Wedding Stationer should be able to help here.
8. Check the Proof: Check it again and then check it again.
9. Ensure you have enough invitations and order extra – you will want to keep a few to look back on in years to come.
10. Decide who will receive replies and how they will be tracked or chased up. A traditional RSVP card is often the easiest solution.
11. Start compiling your information sheet as soon as you can and use it to set the scene by giving your guests a glimpse at the wonderful wedding day you are planning.
12. Don't forget the rest of your wedding set including menu cards, order of service, place and escort cards, table plan and thank you cards.
Above all, try to enjoy the whole process!
Based in London's Cheslea, the team at Pemberly Fox would be delighted to assist you in person with any further queries or questions you might have regarding your wedding invitations and stationery.