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March 14, 2019
Find out all about some of the different types of wedding stationery that are available, what you need to think about and get answers to some of your burning wedding stationery questions.
Planning a wedding can be manic at the best of times. There’s all the planning, the working out budgets, worrying about whether or not you have to invite that aunt you don’t get along with… It’s no wonder tensions can run high!
After you’ve started seriously thinking about booking a venue or have settled on a date, making a start on your wedding stationery can never hurt! Read on to find out more about the different types of wedding stationery, when you should look to order and when you should send them out!
Save the Date (and Save the Evening!) cards are often the very first item of wedding stationery that couples generally even consider ordering. Unless they’re getting married very soon - in which case skipping straight to invitations always works!
Save the Date cards have the important job of drumming up excitement for your forthcoming wedding without needing too much information. Save the Dates tend to simply give your names, and the planned date. That’s it!
Most couples opt to send save the date cards around a year before the big day. A year allows plenty of time for guests to make arrangements if necessary for childcare, travel, accommodation or anything else that might come up. It also gives you time to make changes if someone absolutely crucial can’t make it!
Of course, there’s absolutely no reason why you can’t send save the date cards as soon as you’ve settled on a date!
Generally speaking, try to order your save the date cards at least 2-3 weeks before you’re planning on sending them out to your guests. This gives time for the stationery to be made and reach you without any parties involved needing to run around madly to make it happen in time.
If you order from us, our Brown Kraft wedding stationery is typically ready to post within 5 working days, and everything else is typically ready within 7 working days. If you look elsewhere, it might be worth asking the supplier how long the specific range you’re interested in usually takes to prepare.
We’ve always firmly believed that wedding invitations are the most important item of wedding stationery. A lot of other things you could theoretically get by without - but not invitations.
Wedding and reception invitations aren’t just to look good - they’re jam-packed with all the information your guests could need to make sure they turn up to your wedding, and at the right time.
By the time you start thinking about sending wedding invitations out, your wedding will be much closer and most of your details will be finalised meaning all the handy information can find its way to your guests through your invites.
There’s no one-size-fits-all answer to the question of when you should send wedding invitations out, but most couples will look to do this between three and six months before their big day. This time frame gives your guests plenty of time to make any arrangements, book time off work if necessary, arrange babysitters or anything else and come back to you with an answer with time to spare before your venue needs final numbers.
Like with save the date cards, we would recommend you order your wedding invitations at least 2-3 weeks before you plan on sending them. This just gives you time to make sure that everything is in place without giving you something else to worry about.
If you order from us, our Brown Kraft wedding stationery is typically ready to post within 5 working days, and everything else is typically ready within 7 working days. If you look elsewhere, it might be worth asking the supplier how long the specific range you’re interested in usually takes to prepare so you can plan accordingly.
We would always recommend that you allow one invitation per couple or family rather than one per guest otherwise you could end up spending far more than you need to! In case of mistakes being made, accidents with wine or inviting guests in the place of those that can’t make it, we also recommend that our clients order a few spares rather than the perfect amount!
If you’ve got extra information that you need to get to your guests in the run up to your wedding, there are a whole host of additional information cards that you can add in with your wedding invites.
The most common extra information cards include Menus (if your caterers need meal choices in advance!), Guest Information cards, gift idea cards and poem cards. All of our extra cards are available in designs that perfectly match our wedding invitations - so there’s no need to compromise on style just because you need to give your guestlist extra information ahead of the big day!
The last popular extra is individual RSVP cards. These often include spaces for the guests to write their names, space to indicate whether or not they will be attending, the date they need to respond by and where they should send the card back to! Not every couple opts for physical RSVP cards - you could just have a note on your invitations with a date and a phone number instead.
We would always advise that you order any extra bits you need at the same time as your wedding invitations. This way you keep everything together, you know everything you need is ordered well in advance of it becoming mission-critical, and it’s one less thing to worry about!
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