Wedding stationery guide & checklist

Choosing a design and style for your stationery is key for setting the tone for your wedding and a reflection of what your guests can expect to see on the day. If you’re not too sure what you need or even what you’re after – don’t fret! Run by Gemma Titmarsh, experienced graphic designer with career history at You & Your Wedding magazine; Polly Pickle has the knowledge and wedding know-how to be able to advise you throughout the entire wedding planning process. We make it our business to deliver the best creative ideas, which will wow you and your groom!

To help you create the stationery you need and ensure it includes all of the key information for your guests, we’ve put together a checklist to guide you through everything you need;

Save the dates

Send out as soon as you’ve chosen your wedding date, a good idea for weddings booked in advance. You simply need to give guests a date and location, no other details are required at this stage.

Invitation set

'Girly Romance'

'Girly Romance'

Invitation

Send out 3 to 4 months before your wedding.

  • Choose your wording – this is personal preference, you can go traditional or be creative, there are no rules! You’ll need to choose who the invitation is coming from, traditionally this is the brides parents but depending on your personal situation you may choose otherwise, for example;
    • The traditional bride’s parents; "Mr & Mrs Smith request the pleasure of your company at the marriage of their daughter…"
    • Both sets of parents; "Mr & Mrs Smith and Mr & Mrs Brown request the pleasure of your company at the marriage of…"
    • Yourselves as the couple; "Gemma Louise Smith & Thomas Frederick Brown request the pleasure of your company at their marriage…"
  • Bride and groom names as you’d like them to appear (with or without middle names)
  • Date
  • Ceremony time
  • Ceremony location
  • Reception location

RSVP

  • Date – we advise to leave a space to hand write a date in case you send out extras or you send day and evening invitations out separately
  • Return address
  • Dietary requirements and allergens – most venues and caterers ask for this information
  • Fun bits! We like to add on “I promise to dance if you play…” or you can do a vote on “First person to dance”

Information card

  • This is key for ensuring your guests have all of the information they need, from experience, if you don’t tell them they will all be ringing and asking! These are some options you may want to consider;
  • Ceremony and reception full address with postcode for navigation
  • Directions – It isn't necessary to give lengthy motorway descriptions when most people use sat nav’s, but if your venue is tricky to find it might be a good idea to put on a couple tips or places to look out for on route to make sure guests can find their way
  • Local accommodation – a couple hotels and B&B’s is adequate. If you ring some hotel chains it’s possible to get a booking code and preferential rate for your guests
  • Local taxi number
  • Curfew time for booking travel
  • Gifts – many people find this part uncomfortable! There are some great little poems out there if you want to politely ask for money towards a honeymoon for example. It’s important and helpful to guests as it’s likely the majority of your guests would like to get you something as a well wisher on your adventure in to marriage. If you don’t put anything you may end up with a lot of heart shaped waffle makers – be warned! 

Tips

Timings

Allow a minimum of 4 weeks from supplying information to see through the bespoke design process, proof checking, printing, handmade touches and posting.

Quantities

Remember you won’t be sending out a invitation to every single guest as many will be in couples, so count addresses rather than people. It’s important to order extras in case one gets lost in the post, or someone can’t make it and you choose to upgrade an evening guest. It’s also nice to order an extra one for a keepsake too. Printing is a minimum order of 30 so to order extras at a later date would be more costly.

Posting

We advise to post all day invitations first with an RSVP date of no-longer than 4 weeks – lets face it, this is plenty of time for guests to check their diaries and check for babysitters. If some day guests have regretfully declined you may choose to invite some guests from your evening list to the day, which is why we advise to send out evening invites later. Numbers tend to be needed by venues for the day rather than evening due to catering etc. Before posting it’s worth a quick visit to the Post Office to check a regular stamp will get your invite there – heavier card stocks may add extra weight.

On-the-day stationery

Bespoke table plan

Bespoke table plan

Order of Service (religious) or Order of the Day (non-religious)

An Order of Service is more commonly used for church weddings to have readings, hymns and the names of the bridal party. They tend to work well as an A5 sized booklet – the spine can be hand finished with twine or satin ribbon to match an touches from the invitations. An Order of the Day card is a still a lovely touch to let guests know of the key moments throughout the day, particularly helpful if you have planned group photos or sparklers. It can be kept simple as a double-sided card rather than booklet in this instance. 

Menus

Individual menu cards can be made for each table place which is an elegant touch. You may need to send them in advance with invitations if you need to get choices back with your RSVP so it’s best to check this with your venue or caterers. 

Place name cards

These will need making for every day guest, the styling options are endless! They could be a stand up mini card or a tag hand tied on to a wicker heart – often the invitation style will influence an idea to match. 

Table plan

Your plan could be pegged cards hung on string across a rustic crate, or a large picture mounted in an ornate frame. Again, the style is mostly influenced by the invitations and venue style. We are happy to suggest creative ideas if you’re unsure. 

Table names or numbers

These can be personalised with the favourite places you’ve traveled to as a couple or favourite films or song names. Alternatively simple table numbers can look classy.

Personalised thank you cards

Guests deserve a special thank you after the wedding for coming to share your special day. It’s great to personalise a card or postcard with your names and wedding date and with a special photograph of a particular memory from the day. If this is something you’re keen to do it’s a good idea to mention this to your photographer – you could do a word like ‘LOVE’ with sparkers or hold some bunting saying ‘MR & MRS’ or ‘Thank You!’.

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Made with love

For every piece of work I do, every stationery set completed or word picture framed, I always make it known that the product was truly made with love and care with handmade touches. There are more benefits than just having your stationery or picture personalised or designed bespoke – with our level of service each piece is hand finished and perfected. That belly band fastened with a silver metallic sticker or scalloped edged initial tag tied with twine is that touch that sets us apart from high-street stationery; it’s made in the UK, supports local businesses, looks beautiful, it’s kooky, unique and a true one-off… and it doesn’t even have to break budget!

At Polly Pickle HQ there isn’t a basement of minions (…although there is a cuddly beagle and tea-making husband!), so you’ll often find me finishing off my orders – every little card one by one! I thought it would be fun to share a snippet of the time that goes in to perfecting the craft of top notch stationery so I created a little time lapse film to share with you;

I have a lot of respect for the local craft industries and the creative people determined to do what they’re good at and what they enjoy – especially in a world of mass production. Why have bland off the shelf when you can be unique?

Personalised song lyric framed print - introductory offer!

I'm proud to offer a great gift (who says you can't treat yourself too!) designed by Polly Pickle. Our framed lyric typographic prints can be personalised with initials, names and dates at the bottom of the print and any colour of your choice can be matched.

This makes a great anniversary, wedding anniversary, or wedding gift!

'You Belong With Me'

'You Are My Sunshine'

Chose from 'You Are My Sunshine' and 'You Belong With Me' (Hey Ho by The Lumineers) and have personalised, produced as an A4 print, mounted and framed for £35.

Alternatively the print can be designed bespoke with your lyrics, also produced as an A4 print, mounted and framed for introductory offer of £55 (inc. new design).

Your lyrics could be "your song" with your partner, yours or their favourite track, the song you walked down the aisle to or your first dance - options are endless!

Don't miss out on our introductory price offer! To place your order fill in the quick form below with your choice or email hello@pollypickledesign.com and we'll look forward to creating your bespoke framed art.

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Colour of the Year 2016 is here!

One colour in particular I have always found myself drawn to, and that's nude. It’s exciting to see that PANTONE have given this Colour of the Year 2016, titled Rose Quartz. We’re so naturally on trend! 

What I love most about the colour is that it gives off the perfect balance of romance and femininity without being the more expected shades of pink. I think it’s important for brides to see you don’t have to go baby pink for a pretty girly wedding. It works so well against so many other colours making it the perfect chic and classy shade to add to your wedding colour scheme. Add in metallic silvers and gold or hot brights for more sparkle and wow.

Rose Quartz is a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure
— Pantone

One bride is sure to be on trend this year after we created her 1920’s art deco themed save the date cards in nude (Rose Quartz) and gold - we can’t wait to get cracking on the invitations and on-the-day stationery!

To have a friendly chat or to get some advice on your colour scheme drop me an email at hello@pollypickledesign.com

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