Preparing to get married is a very special time in anyone's life and it is to be enjoyed as much as possible. Sending out your stationery in a methodical and planned manner will help your wedding planning run smoothly. Timing is everything so I have put together this timeline to help assist you in your planning, and to understand how I design, create and deliver bespoke stationery.
I offer through Made of Honour a bespoke and highly personalised wedding stationery design and creation service - a couture process that provides my clients with a unique design for their special day.
It is best to enter the design stage for your stationery as soon as you can after have booked your wedding venue. Get in touch with me with your initial enquiry and outline details of your event ( you can do this here). Don’t worry if you haven’t got as far as thinking about colour schemes and the finer details - I can assist you with that.
A deposit equivalent to the design fee will be required and a contract signed to secure your booking with me. I will then produce three digital designs for your approval, and then a printed proof will be provided for final sign off by you.
Once the design is signed off I will produce the stationery order as agreed.
SAVE THE DATE CARDS
8-12 months before your wedding you should announce your wedding to your guests. A well designed Save the Date card is a first glimpse of what guests can expect from your big day and it’s purpose is to advise your guests to hold the date in their diary.
I recommend that Save the Date cards are only sent to guests who you wish to attend the entire wedding day including the ceremony. In the past I have had clients who sent Save the Dates to their evening only guests too, causing disappointment and confusion later when those guests realised that they were not invited to the ceremony.
3-8 months before your wedding send out your all day and evening invitations. I recommend that you include with your invitation a guest information card containing directions, accommodation and transport details, gift information and a map. I also advise couples send out the wedding breakfast menu with invitations to allow guests with allergies or special food requirements to alert of their needs on their RSVP.
Allow guests four to six weeks to return their RSVP and include a return addressed envelope. Don’t worry if you have to chase a few guests for their RSVPs - I haven’t known a wedding yet where this hasn’t happened!
TABLE PLAN, TABLE SIGNS & PLACENAME CARDS
Once you have all your RSVPs returned take time to plan your seating arrangements for your wedding breakfast or post-ceremony meal.
Try not to rush this and think through who you want sitting next to whom. The ambiance of each table adds to the success and memorability of your wedding. Sit people next to each other who you know will get on, have fun and enjoy each others company at your special day.
Once your table plan is finalised your table signs (names or numbers) and placenames can also be created. I will need at least four weeks design and production time to design and create your table plan, table signs and placename cards so please bear this in mind.
Also think about how you want the plan displayed. Some venues provide easels for this purpose so please speak to them in advance. For venues the do not provide this service please let me know and I can source an easel or display stand for you. There are also many other creative ways of displaying table plans, placename cards and table signs - I will discuss these with you well in advance so we are clear on the design beforehand.
THANK YOU CARDS
When returning from your honeymoon send a card to your guests thanking them for joining you on your special day and for any gifts they gave to you at your wedding.
Thank you cards can be designed and made in advance so they are ready for you to write when you return from honeymoon, or can be made during your honeymoon if you would like to incorporate a photograph from your wedding in the card.