Stationery 101

Choosing your wedding stationery can be a very daunting task. Do you want Save The Dates? Do you need Save The Dates? Do you want to do table numbers or menu cards? The answer is simple. Do whatever you want to do.

You know the saying “You do you”?

Well it holds true here. You do not have to do any stationery if you do not want to. I mean you could even email your invitation, although I wouldn’t suggest that. I would highly advise mailing, a hard copy, invitation. You have to have an invitation, but beyond that, it is completely up to you what you want to send out or use during your event.
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Here is how it breaks down:
Save The Date: These are sent out prior to your invitations to give a heads up on your wedding date, usually sent out as an engagement announcement as well.
Bridal Party Invitations: These should be sent out right after you have selected your date and location.
Invitation: Self explanatory, but these need to include the date, time, and location.
RSVP Cards: These are crucial if you are planning plated meals or if your venue has a max capacity.
Location/Map Card: These will give your guests fine point details on how to find your off the map venue location or just add a sweet whimsical personal touch.
Self Addressed Return Envelope: These should be included if you are sending RSVP cards. It is just, plain old, good etiquette to have them already addressed and stamped.
Thank You Cards: These are very important to send out following your wedding day. Being from the South, a handwritten card is always more personal, but not required.

Aside from your wedding information, you can also use stationery to mark your tables, guest sign in area, menu options and so on. Here are some super cute ideas:

A map to showcase how you and your significant other came to be engaged or to provide directions on how to reach your wedding venue.

A map to showcase how you and your significant other came to be engaged or to provide directions on how to reach your wedding venue.

A sweet watercolor crest that you can adorn on all of your stationery to tie it all together cohesively.

A sweet watercolor crest that you can adorn on all of your stationery to tie it all together cohesively.

Image courtesy of getdrawings.com by Cami Monet

Image courtesy of getdrawings.com by Cami Monet

A super fun way to showcase the custom drinks available at the bar.

These are just a few, sweet, ideas that can help you along your stationery journey!

~ XO

Jennifer Dukes