Wedding Stationery Guide

What stationery will I need and when should I send it out?

Beautiful wedding stationery sets the tone for your big day by building the excitement of your guests from the moment they receive their gorgeous invitation in the post! It also gives them an inkling of the style/theme/colour scheme of your upcoming event.

Often invitations and matching stationery items are forgotten about in the budget, or designated to DIY. Be careful here as making your own stationery can be just as expensive and very time consuming/stressful. If you don’t have access to beautiful artwork, fonts, quality card stock and a decent design program /printer to put that all together, you may end up with a Microsoft word document monstrosity thrown together in sheer desperation.

You’re planning one of the most exciting, awesome (and possibly lavish) days of your life, so it’s a great idea to invest in decent wedding stationery to reflect that – something you can frame or pop in your wedding scrap book and look back on with fond memories.

So today I’ve created a checklist of stationery items you may need, what information you’ll need to supply your guest with and when to send it out in the post. That way you can think about it all well in advance, and won’t miss anything or have to make any last minute rush orders.

Before your Wedding

Most people think of the wedding stationery as being the invitation, but there are a few items you may need before you have even chosen a venue/wedding date.

Engagement Announcement/Party Invitations

Announce your engagement or invite close family and friends to an engagement party. Make sure only to invite guests who you plan on inviting to the actual wedding.

Bridesmaid/Groomsman Cards

  • Ask your closest girlfriends to walk with you down the aisle with a “Will you be my bridesmaid card”. You can also send these out to your groomsmen, Paige boys and flower girls as a lovely gesture (and to make sure they are available for your event!).

Hen Party Invitations

  • If you’re having a particular theme for your hen party, it could be fun to send a card to the hens to set the tone.

Save The Date Cards 

(Send these out as soon as you have booked your venue & know your date)

  • In our opinion – the most important card you will post! A Save the Date signifies to the guests that they are invited and indicate your wedding date. Especially crucial if you are getting married in the spring or summer (and may need to compete with other events, weddings & holidays) or if you are getting married abroad and need to give guests advanced notice (to save for plane tickets etc.)
  • These aren’t official invitations, they usually just feature the bride and grooms names, the date and some brief details of the location, town or area town the wedding will be held and explain that a wedding invitation will follow.

 

Wedding Invitation Set

(Send out 1 year – 6 months before your wedding date)

Wedding Invitations

  • Invitations invite your guests to your wedding ceremony and the following reception and inform them of the date, location, start & finishing times etc.

RSVP Cards

  • Sent with your invitations, these cards allow your guests to tell you whether they are attending or not. You can also include a “dietary requirements” area (if your caterers need to know whose vegetarian, allergic to certain ingredients etc.) and a “song request” area to make sure you play the right tunes to get everyone dancing at the evening reception.

Our tip: Get guests to RSVP by a certain date – incase your venue/caters need final numbers, or if you want to order on the day stationery items (place cards etc.).

Evening Invitations

  • These are for additional (night time/reception only) guests that may not be attending the ceremony. Evening Invitations just feature the reception venue address and start time and perhaps a phone number or email address for guests to RSVP to (if needed).

Guest Information

  • Directions, accommodation, and gift list details are just a few things you can include on your guest information cards. They can also be used to let guests know if children are allowed to attend, or if confetti isn’t allowed at the venue etc.

Wedding Itinerary (Optional)

  • This card lets the guests know if there are other activities planned prior to or following the wedding day, such as a welcome party/rehearsal dinner the night before, or a breakfast/brunch the following morning

 

On The Day Stationery

(Order 1 month before your wedding date – time to chase up those RSVP cards!)

Order of Service

  • For traditional church weddings an order of service card/booklet is used for the service and contains the order of introductions, readings, songs & hymns etc

The Wedding Program

  • Great for non-religious ceremonies, this explains to guests how the day will unfold from when photographs will be taken, the start time of the wedding breakfast to the cutting of the cake and the first dance. You could even have this printed as a large sign somewhere in your venue (perhaps as guest leave the ceremony) to save on giving each person a card.

Table Plan/Seating Plan

  • Table plans are displayed at entrance of the reception area to show your guests where they will be sitting for the wedding breakfast.

Place cards

  • Place cards are set at the seat of each guest and inform him or her where to sit.

 

Table Numbers/Table Names

  • A number/name you can place on each table so your guests know where to sit.

Menu

  • This card informs the guests of what’s on the menu & wine list etc. If you are having a buffet instead, perhaps you could used place cards as little food labels instead.

 

After the Wedding

(Send these out asap after the wedding, but no later than 6 months)

Thank You Cards

  • Thank you cards are sent out to your guests shortly after the wedding, thanking them for their attending & for their gift.

Our money saving tip: hand these out (have them on the tables) at the reception to save on postage stamps!

Wedding Announcements

  • To announce your marriage to elderly relatives/family and friends who couldn’t be there (perhaps with a photograph).

 

Other Stationery Items

If you’re wanting to theme your whole wedding day, you might like to use matching signage (“Ceremony This Way”), bunting (such as a CARDS banner), wedding favour tags, cupcake wrappers and a guest book etc. Work with your designer who should be able to create a whole range of matching items for you.

 

Rustic Wedding Cupcake Wrappers

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Burlap and Lace Printable Cupcake Wrapper & Toppers

Are you having a Rustic or Countryside Chic wedding day? Then these Burlap and Lace cupcake wrappers & toppers would be a great finishing detail for your wedding favour cupcakes.

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Rustic cupcake wrapper

Available as an instant download from my Etsy shop, the set contains:

  • 4 cupcake wrapper designs
  • 5 matching cupcake toppers

Perfect for regular sized cupcakes!

You just need to print them out (either at home or at a local printers), then cut them out with scissors. No glue is required for the wrappers, but you will need toothpicks & tape for the toppers.

Download and get crafting today!

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/263404176/rustic-wedding-burlap-and-lace-cupcake?ref=shop_home_active_1

Something New for 2016

Hi guys, you’ll notice I’ve been adding some lovely new designs to our Wedding Stationery range recently. These will shortly be added to the website, where you will be able to view all matching items inc. prices etc. In the meantime you can see these all in our Etsy shop, and order samples too. https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/STNstationery

Floral stipe 1

Nautical Rose Wedding Invitation.English wedding 4

English Wedding Invitation.4

Summer Roses Wedding Invitation.Vintags key 3

Vintage Key Wedding Invitation & RSVP

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English Tea Party Wedding Invitation

I have lots more designs on the way as I work over the Christmas break to bring you something new for 2016.

Have a great Christmas & New Years!

Best wishes, Jenni.

North East Wedding Show Newcastle

Wow! We had a great response from all who visited us at Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena this weekend.😀 It was a gruelling drive from Eastbourne, but we made it and loved every minute of it (our first wedding show!).

Here are a few photos I managed to take (on my phone, so apologies for the quality) of our booth before the crowds, and we were given an award too, for Best Newcomer. Brilliant!

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I was given a few new design theme ideas from a few bride’s searching for their perfect invites, so I’ll get on those right away! I have a few finished stationery orders to post out tomorrow, so watch out for some pictures of these quite soon.😀

Best wishes,

Jenni

On the Move

You might have seen from the Facebook page that Bradley and I recently got married and have moved from Bradford to Hailsham (near Eastbourne)… in the same week! It has been quite a busy time, but I now have all the studio space I need for STN to grow and provide a better service to my customers.

There was a short downtime before our internet provider got us hooked up, so I must apologise for the short delay answering emails, but finally all is back to normal.🙂

For those eager to see I will post some photos from our wedding in Scarborough. Thank you to all my friends & family who helped me set up chair covers & decorate the night before (in 1 hour 30 minutes!) You were all brilliant and I never expected everyone to want to chip in.😀

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I’ve made lots of DIY tutorials for most of the decorations I made for our wedding day (including the cake topper & wooden table numbers), so I’ll share these over blog posts to come!😀

My dad actually made our wedding car in just under a year, which is amazing! I wanted to show a comparison picture (the first picture is the last I saw of it until the wedding day).

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In other news we are trekking back up north again for the UK Wedding Show in Newcastle, where you’ll be able to see my wares and pick up some discount codes & prizes too! Here is the show website for more details http://www.theukweddingshows.co.uk/newcastle-wedding-show/

I have a few free tickets to give away, so please get in touch if you’d like to go!

Best wishes,

the new Mrs Springett!

DIY Wedding Bow Tie

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Hi everyone! Today I’ll be showing you how to make your Groom (& Groomsmen) a Bow Tie!

My fiancé and I decided that we would make our own as we couldn’t find the colour we needed anywhere. Most tailors/high street stores have your standard black & red bow ties… some with patterns, but we just couldn’t find any in the light gold/rustic champagne colour we were looking for. After looking into custom made bow ties (and dropping our jaws at the cost involved) we decided to have a go at making our own.🙂

I think our first attempt came out great, so here is a step-by-step tutorial of how we did it.

What you’ll need

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Here is a list of materials and tools you will need to make your bow tie:

  • Fabric (we used Dupion silk, but any stiff fabric that holds its shape would work well – such as cotton & wool)
  • Tape measure (to measure the wearer’s collar/neck circumference)
  • A permanent pen (or tailors chalk if you have some)
  • Scissors
  • A knitting needle or chopstick
  • Pins
  • A sewing machine (or you could sew by hand if you prefer/have lots of time to spare)

Step 1: Tracing your template

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Firstly download and print the template file (at 100%) on an A4 sheet of paper. Cut this out & trace one half of the template onto the reverse (the side you don’t wish to be seen) of your piece of fabric. Remember to leave or mark out a small hole (see image above), so once you sew the fabric together you’ll be able to turn everything inside out (don’t worry, I’ll explain this later).

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Once you have traced around the template, you’ll need to flip it and trace it out again (see image above) BUT before you do this, you’ll need to work out how long to make the tie-part of your bow tie. To work this out simply measure circumference of the wearer’s neck and add 7 inches (you might want to experiment with this additional length, but I found that 7 inches was enough to fit around the neck & create the bow without being too loose or too tight).

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Once you have traced the template onto your fabric, loosely cut out the shape & pin it to another piece (remembering to pin the side of the fabric you’d like showing, face-to-face). Cut this out too and you are now ready to get sewing!

Step 2: Sewing the Bow Tie Together

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If you thought that the bow tie template looked a little too big, that’s because you’ll be sewing inside the lines – leaving about a 5mm border. I used the edge of the sewing machine’s foot (see photo above) as a marker. All you need to do is keep your drawn out line beneath the right edge of the foot – and away you go! Just a basic straight stitch is fine. Take your time on the curved parts, which can be a little tricky. Just go slow and keep turning your piece of fabric as you go.

Sew all around your Bow Tie shape (remembering to leave that gap we made earlier), then once you’ve finished, trim your shape down by cutting along your original lines using a sharp pair of scissors.

Step 3: Turning out your Bow Tie

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Now comes the tricky time-consuming part of the tutorial. As we have stitched the tie together inside-out we will need to turn it the right way around again but pulling everything through the hole we left. This can be quite fiddly – especially getting everything through the long thin section, but just keep at it (I made a cup of tea and sat in front of the telly to do this part) and make use of that knitting needle (chopstick or paintbrush end would work too) to really push out the tips of the ‘bow’ sections.

Step 4: Pressing

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Once you have finished turning your bow tie the right way around you will probably find that it puffs up (see image above), and the thinner part looks more like a tube than a neck-tie. We solved this by flattening the shape with a hot iron, before sewing up the hole using a basic hemming stitch in a matching champagne coloured thread.

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And there you have it! You should be left with a lovely handmade bow tie!🙂

The first bow tie we made was a little on the small side (as we only added 6 inches to the tie length), but for a first attempt I think we did pretty well. I’d suggest making a practice tie first, using some scrap/cheaper fabric – just to make sure you’ve got the length right.😉

And… for all those who have no idea how to tie their bow tie, here is a little step-by-step for that part too.

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If you loved this tutorial or if you’re going to have a go making a bow tie, please leave a comment below and feel free to share your creation too!🙂

Best wishes,

Jenni & Bradley

DIY Wedding Paper Flowers

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Weddings (as I am finding out) can be quite a costly affair, but why not save a few pennies here and there by making your own decorations for your wedding day? Here is the first (many more to come) DIY tutorial that I will share with my readers.

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I am getting married next August, and while I would love to fill the venue with beautiful fresh flowers (my favourite being Peonies) this would cost a small fortune, so I have decided to cheat a little bit by making and using these pretty Coffee Filter Flowers. They are really easy to make and very, very cheap too.🙂

As I am having a rustic/barn (Mumford & sons) theme for my wedding day I am sticking to neutral earth colours – mainly burlap, whites, creams and a very light gold colour. For this tutorial I won’t be dying my coffee filters, but you can do so by soaking your filters in a tub of water (with a small drop of food colorant) & drying them out on a line before following my step-by-step guide below.

So here goes…

What you’ll need

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  • Coffee Filters (I am using 3 pint 250mm wide filters) bought from ebay (x6 per flower)
  • Bamboo BBQ Skewers
  • Masking tape
  • Strong craft glue (PVA is good too)
  • Stapler
  • A good pair of scissors

Step 1: Making the centre ‘petals’

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To make each flower I am using 6 coffee filters. You can use more, but I find the flowers get a little heavy and slide down their sticks if you overload them.😉

Start by flattening out your first coffee filter. You don’t need to smooth out the crimped effect (as this looks quite nice), just make it flat enough so you can start folding.

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Fold your circle in half, then repeat 3 more times (so 4 folds in total), until you are left with the flute shape above.

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Take your stapler and secure the lower part of the folded coffee filter paper.

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You’ll then need to use your scissors to cut the top edge of the flute in a scallop shape – don’t worry if it’s not perfect as you’ll be ‘fluffing up’ your flower later, so you won’t really notice.😉

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Take a skewer and use your masking tape to stick the pointed end of your flower-to-be on the top (flat end) of your skewer. Use enough tape so that it feels secure, because this will be your base.

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Now the first section of petals has been fixed onto your skewer, fluff-up and scrunch the petals a little so that they open out and look a bit more natural. I like to twist the very centre a little bit so that they spiral towards the centre.

Step 2: Making your petals

Take the other 5 coffee filters and flatten them out – just like you did with the centre piece. If you are making a lot of flowers you can prepare more so that you can set-aside and use them later.😉

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You will only need to fold the filters in half 3 times for this stage, so that you are left with a slightly wide flute shape. No need to staple these!

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Once again, cut the edge of the wedge into a scallop shape. Then open out each circle ready for the next stage.

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You should have x5 scalloped circles (or more if you want a fuller flower) ready to go.

Step 3: Adding the petals

For this next part you will need your glue. Most craft glue is fine to use, I just prefer the quick-drying kind so I’m using extra strong clear adhesive (Bostik).

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You don’t really need much glue – just a circle (as shown above) towards the centre of each circle is fine.

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Once you have added your glue, use the pointed end of your skewer and pierce the filter through the middle of the circle and push it up the length of the stick until you reach the base of your centre petals.

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Nip the filter from underneath and squeeze it around your centre petals until you feel it is securely in place. Don’t worry how your flower looks just yet as you can fluff it up once you have finished.🙂

Repeat this process for all 5 scalloped circles.

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To finish your flower, all you will need to do is take a piece of masking tape and wrap this around your final petal layer (at the base). This should secure all the petal layers in place – especially if the glue is still drying.

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Now it’s time for the fluffing-up! Just scrunch and preen until you are happy with how your flower looks. At this point I also used my scissors to cut the stem/skewer in half, so that I can use this to make another flower. If you need long stems you can skip this part, but as I am using my flowers to decorate the back of the dining chairs at my venue, mine don’t need to be so long.😉

And there you have it! Really easy, really cheap but very pretty paper flowers!🙂

You could make a few of these and tie them together to create flower balls (hang them from the ceiling with satin ribbon). Also, why not try dying them different colours (perhaps to match your wedding colour scheme) with water & food colouring (or a drop of ink).

I am also thinking of using smaller filters to make my bridesmaids little flower hair clips, or perhaps I will use a similar method but with fabric (possibly tulle) instead.

If you have found this tutorial useful (or better yet you have made some flowers & wish to share your photos!) please leave me a comment or image link below.  Also, please share and pin to all your friends!

Best wishes, Jenni.