We’ve had lots of talk about wedding invitations this week here on ELD- after all, it IS Stationery Week! But what about the rest of the wedding stationery… specifically day-of stationery items?! These are things that are sometimes forgotten, but are also important parts of the wedding day. Well, Heather of Simply Designed is here today giving us some excellent insight into day-of stationery items… and this isn’t it for Stationery Week- I have a few special things for you, so be sure to head back over later today for them!
What can I say about day-of-stationery? Many couples forget to budget for day-of stationery and this should be something you account for in your overall wedding stationery. This includes everything from ceremony programs, seating cards (escort and/or place cards) table signs, and menus. For some of the off the beaten path items, there are favor signs, favor cards, and directional signs. So lets break this down a little bit more and why you need to have some of these pieces.
Your ceremony programs are helpful for religious ceremonies where some guest might be unfamiliar with ceremony rituals or traditions. You can add little stories about your bridesmaids and groomsmen, story about how the two of you met, your thank you to the guests, in memory of those who have passed or in honor of those who can’t be there. Remember that these aren’t required, and because of that it gives you the opportunity to be playful and fun!
These cards are a nice touch for plated dinner receptions, and there are so many design options. It is a nice way to let guests know what they are being served and what to look forward too… like the cake!
Whether you are using escort cards, which would be placed at a table for guests to pick up, or place cards, which would be set on the tables, guests like to know they have a seat. These are a must for a large wedding and to help with your sanity when working up table seating charts. You can also use place cards and escort cards together.
When planning your day of stationery you should work with your designer 1.5-3 months prior to your wedding. This will give you ample time to design everything how you want, and get them printed and delivered in time for the wedding!
I absolutely love day-of stationery items, because they’re always awesome details! Thank you for sharing your insight with us Heather, and brides, be sure to check out Heather’s work in ELV! Don’t forget to come back later for some surprises to close out Stationery Week!
What stationery items will YOU need for your wedding? Are you planning them out yet?
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