Wedding stationery


Organising stationery can be a big job regardless of the size of the wedding, large, small, formal or informal.


After setting your budget, you'll need to decide the overall number of guests and then who to invite. Will they all be coming to the church and the reception or do you need to re-word invites to cover attendance at one or the other?


By now you will have decided on an overall theme and colour schemes and once the guest list is sorted you can look at design ideas, themes, sizes, colours, lettering and typeface, type of paper and embellishments.


The wording on your invitations can be formal or modern and may also depend on your personal family situation. The basics to be included are the name of the hosts, names of the bridal couple, the day, date, time, addresses of ceremony and reception. You'll need to know who will be attending and should include an RSVP and date by which people should reply.


Names are usually handwritten stating clearly who is invited and whether children are invited. Extras to include for guests coming from another area might include a map and list of local accommodation.


Other stationery items to consider are envelopes, the order of service, place name cards, menu cards, cake and gift boxes, a guest book, thank you cards, candles, stickers, labels, table decorations and ribbons.


Your choices include hand-made, commercially printed stationery or do-it-yourself using a computer and craft products. Stationery products can be ordered on line and most suppliers will be happy to let you browse their portfolio.

- Hawkes Bay Today

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