So you’ve found your dream venue and secured the date you want… what next? Let your guests know to keep their diary free for your special day with a simple save the date. Typically, save the dates are only sent out to your day guests around 9-12 months prior to your wedding as they may need to take time off to attend your ceremony.
Let your guests know all the details of your big day in your day and evening invites. Typically your day invites are sent out to guests who are attending your full wedding including the ceremony and the reception. Evening invites are reserved for guests who are only attending your reception. Details often include the venue, date, time and any additional information required and are usually sent out 3-6 months before your wedding date.
RSVP AND INFORMATION CARDS
Unless specified, all wedding invitations supplied by Paper Stag will include an RSVP and accompanying envelope. RSVP cards are a way for your guests to reply their intent to attend your wedding.
Information cards are also included with all of our pocketfold style invitations and serve the purpose of relaying information to your guests such as hotels local to the venue, menu choices, transport information, etc.
ORDER OF SERVICE AND TIMELINES
Let your guests know the key timings of your day with a bespoke order of service. These range from a simple timeline to a more formal religious order of service including hymns and readings. Having a summer wedding? You can get creative with a fan style order of service.
A table plan is used to direct your guests to their designated table and also highlights which guests will be seated with them, this can be a fun way to incorporate themes with the names of the tables or pictures instead of names. Your table plan will be designed in such a way that it matches the style of your wedding invitation or day stationery.
A final seating plan will be requested around 4 weeks prior to your wedding day to ensure we have enough time should any amendments be required.
TABLE NAMES AND NUMBERS
Naming or numbering your tables make it easy for your guests to find where they’ll be seated during the reception.
Whether you simply number them or make them personal to you and your partner, make sure they’re visible enough for your guests to see.
Whether you mix it up or keep friends and family seated together, place cards let your guests know where they’ll be sitting at the table. You’ll need to submit a menu choice for each of your guests if you’re having a set menu, so place cards can also let the venue know who is eating what.
How often have you attended an event and forgotten your menu choice you made when you returned your RSVP… bespoke menus remind your guest of what they’ve chosen on the night. If you’re having a menu with choices, this lets your guests know the options available.
WEDDING INVITATION BOXES
Create that luxurious feel by swapping your envelopes for invitation boxes, and give your guests the wow factor when they open to reveal your invitation. These can range from a plain box, to one which has been designed to match your stationery style including embellishments, ribbons and layered card.
Welcome signs are a great way to greet your wedding guests and direct them around your venue. These can be customised to show timelines of the day to keep your guests up to date with the specifics of the day.
THANK YOU CARDS
After the big day remember to thank your guests for their kind and generous gifts or for taking the time to attend your special day. Thank you cards are usually blank however should you wish these customised with a personalised message for each guest, this can be done for you.
Top tip - When opening your gifts take a note of the gift and who sent it so you can thank them in your bespoke thank you cards