Hey, Unconventional lovelies! Today we’re sharing everything you need to know about wedding stationery. We’re talking logistics, pricing, styles, and how to choose the perfect supplier. Now, before I was in the wedding industry, I didn’t actually know what ‘wedding stationery’ referred to. Simply, It refers to all of the below:
- Wedding invitations
- Save the dates
- Table plan
- Place cards
It’s more than just invitations! So, here it is, the ultimate guide to choosing your wedding stationery! We asked some of our stationer members listed in our alternative wedding directory for their best advice.
Top tips for AWESOME wedding stationery
★ START EARLY
Want guests at your wedding? This isn’t one of those things you can leave until the last minute!
★ TRIPLE CHECK
Don’t end up with embarrassing spelling mistakes!
★ DO IT YOUR WAY
Don’t want save the dates? Cool! Want a rocket shaped table plan? Awesome!
★ FIND YOUR DREAM STATIONER
Working with someone that gets you and will go the extra mile will make your wedding planning so much easier and you’ll have epic stationery as a result.
wedding stationery - Where to start!
Let’s start at the beginning. First, you need to know what wedding stationery you want so you can get a quote from a stationer. Then, you can get into the fun details!
Do you want save the dates? Those would be your first priority and can be sent as soon as you have a wedding date! These don’t have to match your wedding theme, but if you want them to, make sure you have this decided before sending anything out.
common wedding stationery mishaps
When arranging and choosing your wedding stationery, here are some things to watch out for:
Double & triple check. Stationers will try their best to proofread, but ultimately it’s your responsibility to ensure you send over the correct information. Don’t send anything off in a rush!
Ordering The Right Amount
It’s always a good idea to order a few extras just in case! However, it’s easy to overestimate if you’re inviting lots of couples and families. One per household is enough.
Being last minute
Do not leave this job until the last minute! Frankly- more of your guests will be able to attend your wedding if you give them sufficient notice. You’ll also save yourself a lot of stress, and ensure you can book the supplier you want.
Remember to be specific about your venue(s) so your guests don’t get lost! Be clear about your timings, especially if you have guests coming and going throughout the day.
DIY wedding invitations
We do love a DIY wedding, but make sure you aren’t out of your depth before taking on the huge task of wedding stationery.
Breaking down traditions
We wouldn’t be Unconventional Wedding if we weren’t encouraging you to step outside of the box! Remember, you don’t need to do all that is expected of you or all that your friends have done. If you don’t want a fancy table plan or RSVPs then, simples, don’t have them! You could be as quirky or traditional as you like with your wedding stationery – just make sure you’re following your heart!
What does the wedding stationery process involve?
Each wedding stationery supplier is different, so make sure you enquire about their process. Many stationers have pre-made designs that can be adapted, or you may opt for a completely bespoke design. Either way, expect some back and fourth with your stationer while you settle on designs that you’re happy with. Ensure you know how long the process will take so you aren’t surprised with an unexpected wait time for printing.
How to choose your wedding stationery supplier
Working with the right supplier is important! You want your wedding planning to be as fun and stress free as possible, so finding someone that you click with is crucial. Here’s a handy checklist of things to consider when choosing your wedding stationer:
- Do you like their design style?
- Have you read their reviews or spoken to past clients?
- Will they do revisions?
- Do they fit your budget?
- Do you think they’ll go the extra mile for you?
- Is a personal touch important to you?
- Check out wedding fairs and supplier directories (like ours!) to meet unique wedding stationers.
key contributors to this wedding stationery blog
UW Member Design By Emily is an independent graphic design studio based in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, specialising in trendy, modern, botanical, bohemian and rustic wedding stationery. Check out their listing by tapping on the logo!
UW Member Swoon At The Moon Wedding Stationery are based in Devon, creating unique, eye catching designs that double as lasting keepsakes from your big day. Tap the logo to see their listing!
UW Member Bluebell Press is a wedding stationer based in Nottingham. From rustic and bohemian to quirky and alternative, owner Emily loves helping couples set the tone for their day and create something beautiful! Tap the logo to see their listing!
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