Wedding day stationery should definitely not be overlooked! From the moment your guests receive your Save the Date to your wedding invitation, you will be setting a tone of the style of your wedding day. Traditional, whimsical, or contemporary, your wedding stationary will provide guidance on your wedding for guests ranging from your color theme to the dress attire, and so much more.
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Save the Date
Before diving into the types of Save the Date cards / postcards and magnets, it is important to cover the basics of what should be included. Ensure to add at least your first names (last as well if not including a picture), city and state of your wedding venue, and of course your date!
1. Postcards & Cards – one of the most widely used methods for Save the Date cards is postcards and cards. A perfect and easy way to send along your information, stamp and off it goes! Adding a picture to the front and a sweet note on the back about invitations to follow or your wedding website are always a plus!
2. Magnets – from mailbox to fridge, it is very likely your Save the Date will remain seen by your guests until the big day! Magnets are fun and an easy way to provide Save the Date information.
For both types of Save the Date stationery, we highly recommend (and of course love!!!) when our couples use a picture from their engagement session. A personal touch and important pre-wedding moment, guests will love seeing your engagement session photos!
Where do I begin! There are so many customizable options when it comes to your wedding invitations. My friend Katie at Basic Invite provided a breakdown of the variety of choices to create your perfect look:
1. Color Options – with over 180 different color options for your wedding invitation from the invite itself to the envelope it is lovingly sealed in, you will be hard pressed to not be able to find the exact color that matches your wedding color scheme. Consider tying in the colors from your bridesmaid dresses or floral bouquets, which are typically the primary colors of your wedding theme.
2. Design – literally over 800+ wedding designs, Basic Invite covers all the basis of different styles. The majority of our sunny state weddings tend to be either formal/elegant at hotels or whimsical/contemporary at outdoor beaches or rustic locales. Taking the custom design for a spin, I created two samples based off of these styles. Within five minutes, I had completed both designs and added on extras of customizing RSVPs, colored envelopes, and thank you cards.
3. Information – accessibility to customizing the information in your wedding invitation is crucial for guests to understand everything from logistics to dress attire. Key information to include:
- First and last names of both you and your fiancé
- Venue name
- Venue address (zip code is not always necessary)
- Date of wedding
- Time of wedding
- RSVP information (whether it is through a website or mailing back a response card)
- Dining request for plated meals
- Directions (nice to have, but not required)
- Accommodation information (nice to have, but not required)
- Registry information (optional depending on if you have a registry)
4. Addresses – on average most of our couples have a wedding guest count of around 150-200. That means you will be writing out around 75-100 addresses for your invitations – crazy!!! My suggestion would be to use Basic Invite’s address collection service to collect and print addresses for free on your envelopes.
Thank You Cards
Your wedding day will be filled with so much love from your friends and family who attended to all of your vendors who helped bring your vision to fruition. It warms my heart and literally makes my day whenever we receive a Thank You card in the mail. Consider using a wedding day image, engagement image, or matching stationery to your wedding invitation to finalize the flow of your theme and cap off the ending to such a magical moment in your lives!