Using Pinterest for Wedding Planning

Here at Giftast, we’re big fans of using Pinterest for Wedding Planning. Whenever I’m planning a new range, or searching for references, Pinterest is always my first port of call. There’s such a wide variety of ideas and inspiration. Whatever your theme, you’re sure to find something you love.

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Check out the Giftast Pinterest Board for inspiration!

When it comes to planning your bespoke wedding stationery, Pinterest can be super helpful as well. Not only will it give you lots of ideas on what might be possible, but it’s a great way to pass those ideas on to your designer. 

A picture really is worth a thousand words, and creating your own ideas board will save you lots of time.

On the Giftast Pinterest board, we showcase all of our ranges, as well as sharing other wedding ideas we absolutely love! From Cakes to Photographers, and from Jewellery to Bridesmaids’ dresses, there are loads of ideas just waiting for you.

Image by Hannah Larkin Photography

Downsides? Pinterest, like Instagram, is a beautifully curated collection of ideals. Not all the photos you see on Pinterest will necessarily be achievable within a sensible budget. And just like Instagram, not everything you see will be real!

However, as an inspirational tool for when you’re first starting your wedding planning and gathering your ideas together, Pinterest is a brilliant starting point.

Giftast Loves… Top Pinterest Boards:

What can I do with my 10% Wedding Stationery Discount?

Fancy a 10% discount on your Wedding Stationery? If you sign up to our Newsletter, you’ll receive a 10% discount to use on your first order.

But what can you do with it? I’ve pulled together a quick how-to guide, to help you make the most of your 10% discount code.

Sign up to our newsletter for a 10% wedding stationery discount!

What can I use it on?

First things first – it’s available site-wide. So not just on wedding stationery! You can use it when you commission pet portraits, when you order wedding stationery samples,  for bespoke wedding stationery, corporate stationery, birthday cards, post cards… The only thing you can’t use is the freebie section(!) and it doesn’t apply to postage & packing.

Can I only use it online?

You can use it on any “first order”, which includes bespoke orders made over the phone or via email. Just quote the code when you place your order.

How can I make the most out of my discount?

Place your orders for multiple items at once. If you’ve ordering save the dates, invitations and rsvps, order them at the same time rather than separately. If you commission a bespoke design, the discount will apply to your first invoice, which will include the bespoke fee and whatever items you order featuring that design.

What else do I get out of the Newsletter?

When you sign up, you don’t only receive a 10% discount code. Please note, you will be asked to confirm your email address in order to receive your code, so do check your spam folder! 

You’ll also receive handy blog posts, which will help you with your wedding planning, as well as a little surprise, if you stay subscribed for a little longer…;)

So what are you waiting for? Sign up here and get your discount code today!

Behind The Name: What does Giftast Mean?

One of the questions I’m asked most is, what does Giftast mean

I thought I’d take the opportunity to not only answer this fully, but also tell you a bit about how the company was founded.

Giftast means “marry” in Icelandic.

I started the company in 2017, after designing my own wedding stationery, and taking our honeymoon in Iceland. Several of our wedding stationery collections started life as paintings made on the back of postcards, created as we wound our way around the Route 1 Ring Road.

behind the scenes creating a wedding stationery range

It was such a wonderful country, and one I completely fell in love with. I’m not the best traveller, but Iceland was different. It was familiar and alien all at once. Parts were like the Yorkshire moors, parts felt like the Alps, parts felt like Mars! 

Because it was such a special place and time for us, it seemed most appropriate to nod to it when I decided to found my business. Giftast felt right, and seemed to really represent what I wanted to do with the business.

Hints of Mordor…

Why start a business?

After completing a degree in Illustration in 2009, I began a career combining event management, and managing the work lives and diaries of several extremely disorganised corporate leaders. 

My experience of running high-pressure events and diffusing stressful situations, combined with a love of creating beautiful, bespoke artwork led to the founding of Giftast.

It would have been lovely to go straight into a creative job, but the corporate work taught me about how business works. It also taught me new skills, such as event management, diary organisation and working in high pressure situations. This experience was invaluable when planning my own wedding, and I love to share this knowledge with couples planning their big day.

Having worked in the corporate environment for close to a decade, I provide a high-quality and trusted service to help couples and events coordinators.

Together we can take your events to the next level with bespoke finishing touches, designed to help take the stress out of wedding and event planning.

So there you have it! My career in brief. The more I learn about the wedding industry, the more I want to help couples achieve a wedding that is completely personal to them. There is an enormous amount of tradition behind weddings, and that’s great, but isn’t for everyone. I felt very constrained by expectations when planning my wedding, and wasn’t aware of what other options were available.  

I wish I knew what was available when I was planning my wedding. If I had, would have done a lot of things differently. 

With this in mind, my focus with wedding stationery is to work with a couple using our bespoke design service to create something which really represents you. You can then use this personal branding throughout your wedding design.

If you’d like to arrange a free consultation over the phone or Skype to discuss your wedding stationery, and talk about how Giftast can help you realise what you really want out of your big day, just call 07949 910101 or email info@giftast.com.

Talking Wedding Photography with Hannah Larkin Photography

A couple of weeks ago I had the absolute pleasure of talking wedding photography with Hannah Larkin, of Hannah Larkin Photography. We covered bespoke, and tips for looking your best on your wedding day, as well as her how-to for finding the right photographer for you.

You can tell I had a “lovely” time talking to Hannah, because that’s how I responded to everyone of her answers! And it was awkward typing up the transcript, but I stand by my declarations of loveliness. Check out the video below (subtitles available) or you can read the chat below.

You can see more of Hannah on her website and her Instagram. She also has an excellent Pinterest board on pets at weddings which I cannot recommend highly enough!

Katherine: Hi, it’s Katherine from Giftast, and I’m here with Hannah Larkin, wedding photographer. Lovely to see you, Hannah.

Hannah: Hi, nice to see you Katherine.

K: And if you wouldn’t mind just introducing yourself?

H: Yeah, sure. So I’m Hannah, from Hannah Larkin Photography. I’m a London-based wedding photographer, with a second base up in Northumberland, in the North East, and

I travel across the UK and also overseas, photographing beautiful weddings, and also families.

I have a sort of “Lifestyle” style to my photos, just natural, relaxed, and with a real focus on capturing emotions as they happen on your wedding day, so I can create a story of the day as it happens.

K: Oh, lovely. Now, do you have any tips for brides and grooms who might be a bit more uncomfortable with being photographed, for how they can look their best in their wedding photographs?

H: Yeah – that’s a really common concern, and actually most of the brides and grooms who get in touch with me will say that at least one of them either hates having their photograph taken and is camera shy, or feels very awkward.

So what I always recommend is to have an engagement shoot as a chance to practice.

So all my wedding photography packages include and engagement shoot, and it’s just a couple of hours for us to go somewhere where you feel relaxed and comfortable, and we can practice taking the pictures. You can get used to being in front of my camera, I can get used to working with you, and we get to know each other as well, because I think if you know the person who’s taking the pictures and you feel that you can kind of trust them, that you can relax and be yourself and have a bit of fun with it as well, then that will show in your photos.

Images by Hannah Larkin Photography

K: Lovely. What are your favourite sort of images to take in both wedding and engagement shoots?

H: Well, I think the beauty of weddings is that you get to take all sorts of different photos throughout the day, so I get to start off with catching all the special details that you’ve chosen for your day, so I’m – yeah, I love seeing the kind of thought and effort that people have put in to finding exactly the right accessories or rings, you know, shoes, jewellery, the stationery, of course as well, and capturing all those pretty details before the start of the day. Ceremonies are always special, as that time where where everybody is just sort of stopping and watching, so being able to document that, sort of quietly and unobtrusively, but really seeing all those emotions as they happen is so special.

I think probably my favourite bit though is the portraits,

so being able to take the bride and groom away from their guests, give them a little bit of time together to sort of take note of what’s happening and have that space to think “wow, we did it! We got married!” And yeah, having that sort of quiet time just to create romantic portraits.

K: Aw, that’s lovely, I suppose that it’s sort of –

if you do them straight after the ceremony as well, it’s the first time they spend together as a married couple, which is really special.

Thanks for that, that’s lovely.

H: Yeah, and I think that as part of that, I’ll get them to walk around a little bit, so I’m not going to be with them or in their face for the whole time, so they do have a bit of time just to kind of chat and have some private moments, and then of course I’ll be interacting with them to get kind of more close up pictures too, but yeah, I think a lot of my couples appreciate that bit of time where they haven’t got guests coming up to them all the time saying “Congratulations!”, so it is a little moment just to celebrate with their partner.

Images by Hannah Larkin Photography

K: Aw, that’s lovely. I know you like doing very bespoke, personalised weddings and things like that, so do you have any – if you’ve got a wedding with a strong theme, of how to get that into your photos?

H: So yeah, I really love it when a wedding kind of displays either different cultures or traditions that the families bring, or kind of personalised elements that reflect the couple themselves rather than just a kind of generic wedding, so I always sort of spend time getting to know my couples.

I take on only a limited number of weddings each year, so I do dedicate time to chatting with them, getting to know them, so I’ll be asking all about their decisions and choices for the wedding, what are the things they’re most excited for, what are the things they’ve spent the most time looking for and were the happiest when they found, and in that way I can make sure that all of those special details, important people – things that I know they really, really wanted or they put a lot of effort into getting, all of those details are captured for them on the day.

K: That’s lovely.

H: Yeah, and also I sometimes offer a slideshow – a wedding slideshow – of the day and that can be set to music that – so sometimes to the first dance song, or sometimes if there’s a particular song in a ceremony that means a lot to the couple, then I might use that to help kind of also carry that theme on through their wedding pictures.

Images by Hannah Larkin Photography

K: Aw, that’s so lovely. With all that in mind, how much sort of work you do with couples ahead of time, how far in advance do you recommend people try and book their photographer?

H: Well, it depends how long your engagement is obviously, what options you’ve got. I’ve got some couples who’ve been booked in for two and a half years in advance, other couples will contact me with a  few months to go. I’d say ideally you’d want to be booking at least six months in advance, and that’s to give a time to get to know each other, to schedule any engagement shoots, and to think through the timings for the day and the group shots, and just make sure that there’s no rush. But of course, if you’re planning a last minute wedding, especially elopements tend to be shorter time scales, and that’s something that I can work to too, but yeah – so something that fits you,

but if you’ve got the option then I’d go for it at least six months before.

How does that work for you in terms of ordering for somebody’s Save the Dates and then Invitations are some of the first things that people are going to be sending out. What the sort of time scale for doing that?

Images by Hannah Larkin Photography

K: Well, again, it depends entirely on how long your engagement is. Personally, I had a very short engagement, so we didn’t do save the dates at all, we did it far too short to be honest, for any of that, so yeah, we just did straight to invitations. But it really depends on like how personal you want it, because I think there’s this idea that you have to do save the dates, invitations and RSVPs, but at the moment, again, depending on how long their engagement is, and whether you’re going abroad, save the dates might not be the right thing for you, and it’s the same with RSVPs – if you’re inviting a lot of younger people, you might not want to send out paper RSVPs to everybody,

so it’s really mix and match, making it to what fits best with how you’re doing your wedding and how you’re planning your ceremony.

So yeah, it’s so personal. Absolutely. Do you have any tips for couples on choosing the right wedding photographer for them, so for style and things like that, that they want for their photos?

H: Yeah, I guess first it’s about looking at pictures and trying to work out what sort of style appeals to you, what sort of style fits with how you imagine your wedding. Generally there seems to be a range to this one, from super-posed – and all the way through to more paparazzi-style, documentary style images.

I’m somewhere in the middle, so I’ll make small adjustments so everyone is looking their best, but I won’t pose people too much, because I want them to have that natural and relaxed feel.

So I think it’s about finding that style that you think “yes, that’s what relates to me”, and then I’d really encourage you to contact some photographers and start talking to them, and making sure that you really get on with them. Because as a photographer I spend most of the wedding day with the couple, so I’ll be with either the bride or groom in the morning, capturing them getting ready, all the way through the ceremony, that intimate time for portraits, speeches, and the celebrations going on into the evening.

So you want to feel comfortable with that person, that you can trust them, that you can get on with them, and I’m lucky that a lot of the clients that I end up with actually become friends, that you know, we’ve got on so well over that process, so that’s something we can continue beyond the wedding, which is lovely.

Images by Hannah Larkin Photography

K: That’s really lovely. Yeah I think the ideas about really doing your homework, and checking on whether someone’s style is right for you. And it’s the same with invitations as well. Especially if you’re going bespoke, erm, looking at the other work someone does, and checking that it’s in line with your vision. Like, I do a lot of water colour-y, quite soft, pared back ones, rather than the really strong, graphic style. So, it’s not for everybody, and there are going to be other people that, if you want that particular style, are going to be a lot more suited to it than me. So really it’s finding that right person.

H: Yeah, and I guess because you can also make sort of subtle changes, can’t you? So you’ve got your overall style and within that you can make things to be bespoke, and that’s the same with photography,

I think you pick an overall style and then work with them to make sure they capture it. Capture what you want from your day.

K: Lovely, well thank you so much for taking the time to talk to me, Hannah, it’s been lovely.

H: Well it’s been lovely chatting, thanks Katherine.

K: I’ll see you again soon.

H: Take care, bye bye.

 

What do I need to include on an RSVP?

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Ah, the age old question – “What do I need to include on an RSVP? And do I really need one? I mean, do I really? Who even posts letters any more?”

It’s easy to think of wedding stationery as a suite of things you *absolutely have to have*. But as we’ve already covered here, the most important thing is to find what suits your plans, and go with that. 

So, if you’ve decided an RSVP fits the bill for you, here are some thoughts on what to include on it.

Guest Names

You can include a space for your guests to write their names, their plus ones, their kids…. You may also want to include a space for number of guests, which could be helpful when pulling together your seating plan!

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Attending/Declining 

This can be a general yay/nay depending on which portion of the day you’ve sent the guest an invitation to. Or, get specific with a day/evening tick box.

Special Dietary Requirements

Super helpful! Avoid any nasty allergies ruining your guest’s day, and get this information right at the start of your menu-planning process.

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Optional extras…

  • Song Choice – to get your guests dancing at the reception!
  • Meal Choice – handy if you’ve sent out menu options with your invitation.
  • Accommodation required?
  • Advice for the happy couple.

Remember, it’s your special ceremony so add a request for any information which will make your planning easier and less stressful!

Chatting Vegan Skin Care and Sustainable Stationery with Chrys Chapman MUA

A couple of weeks ago, I had the absolute pleasure of chatting skincare and sustainability with the brilliant Chrys Chapman, MUA. Chrys is based in Harrogate, just up the road from me, and really knows her stuff when it comes to skin science. You can check out our chat in the video below, or there’s a transcript further down the page. 

You can see more of Chrys on her website, or any of her social links below.

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Transcript

Katherine: Hi there, I’m Katherine from Giftast Wedding and Event Stationery based in Batley, and I’m here today with the brilliant Chrys Chapman, a make up artist based just up the road from me in Harrogate, in North Yorkshire. Hi Chrys!

Chrys: Hello, hello!

K: Thank you for coming, lovely to see you. Please will you tell me all about yourself!

C: Yes, so as you said, I’m Chrys, I’m a hair and make up artist and stylist based in Harrogate. I’m clearly not native to Yorkshire, I moved over here from the States, from California, gosh, about 14 years ago, and yeah. Sort of balancing life with two getting very grown up children and lots of makeup and hair fun basically. So that’s what I do.

K: So, I have a couple of questions about preparing for your big day with your makeup in particular. Do you have any pre-wedding skin care tips to get you looking your best ahead of the big day?

C: Yes – so basically when I do I trial with one of my brides, I always recommend that we build in some extra time to go through a skin care routine, even if we haven’t built in extra time, it comes up anyway, because I’m quite a skincare obsessive – probably because I’m quite a science nerd, actually, so

I tend to think that if the skin isn’t right, the make up can be beautiful but it probably won’t stick as well as it could.

So yeah, there’s lots of skin tips, but they’re all very skin type and condition specific, so getting a makeup artist who does have a background in skin. I think that’s the first step, because we can then really speak to what products are best for you, what’s gonna sit really nicely on the day. So yeah, but the rule of thumb for me, you definitely need a really good cleanser, and commit to taking your makeup off every day.

K: We’ve all done that!

C: People are like, “do I really have to?”, and I’m like “yeah, you really do !” So that one, and a really good moisturiser, something with an SPF. That’s it, that’s kind of the capsule, really important stuff.

K: So, does that help with making your makeup last longer on the day, and

are there any other tips you have to help your makeup last longer?

C: Absolutely. So yeah,

the more prepped your skin is, the less makeup you’ll need.

The less makeup we use, the longer it will last. So all if these things really work together and equally, you know. Where we start at the very beginning, with a makeup consultation is trying to figure out if a bride wants her skin to look matt or dewy. I mean, that’s the very basic choice that we have to get to, and we can achieve those things mostly through our skin care, actually.

So the more we can prep the skin for giving the overall effect, the less heavy lifting we have to do with make up products. Then skin tends to look more like skin, which we like, and it always photographs nicer when there are fewer products on, so yeah, that’s kind of the long and short of that, and in terms of making your makeup last longer. I mean, I could probably do a whole 20-30 minutes talking just about primer, because I’m that passionate about it. *Laughs* I won’t, but I will say,

get yourself a good primer, without any silicone in it.

There is one exception to that rule, but that’s the rule.

K: Alright, brilliant. For your wedding make up, I guess you’ll need less time if you’ve got your skin care routine down, but

how long would you suggest people leave to have their makeup done on the day?

C: Yeah, so I do get this one a lot, so rule of thumb is 45 minutes is the industry standard that we would allow for a wedding make up. For a bridal make up, I would definitely allow a little bit more time, because we are going to probably be using more skin care products as well. I always prep a bride’s skin – I wouldn’t necessarily say differently to a bridesmaid, because if a bridesmaid needed more skin care to make the make up stick correctly, I would do it, but a bride I would absolutely be putting that time in to an application.

So yeah, that’s not to say that we can’t do a make up faster than 45 minutes, but to allow for everything to run really smoothly, and I want to be calm, because that’s a really important element, actually.

That when you’re choosing your make up artist, you want the chemistry to be right, because that getting ready time, that’s a massive part of your special day.

You don’t want that to be messed around because we’re frantically trying to get curls put in, and curls are falling, or we haven’t had enough time to set your makeup properly, so, yes, always give a little bit of extra time.

K: Ah, brilliant. So, another question I had is, I’m vegan, so one thing that, when I was looking for – considering a makeup artist for our wedding, something that put me off was not necessarily knowing about whether they’d be using the right products for me, so is that something you can cater for?

C: Yes, absolutely. And I think more and more we are seeing in the industry the brands are getting savvy to this, that consumers – it’s something that’s really really important to them, so while I can’t say that my entire kit is vegan-friendly yet, that is the direction that I’m moving in, and I have got to a stage now where I’m only adding new products that fit that particular bill, because my clients want it, so it’s no good me having, sort of, a non vegan and a vegan kit, like –

I aim to find things that are only cruelty friendly and vegan friendly.

A lot of products, even looking towards like, gluten free, so it is a lot to do with sort of knowing your brands, and knowing your customer, so actually the flip side of that argument, is that I’ve got a couple of customers with very sensitive skin, and we’ve had to work really closely to figure out which ingredients it is that they can’t use, and sometimes those aren’t necessarily vegan friendly.

So we have to find a balance, but you know, as well, if you do have specific concerns like that, you can get the makeup artist to use your own – say, your own foundation, or your own specific products that you feel really strongly like that this is the one that I use, and I have to have it. They’ll advise you if it’s one that’ll photograph well or not, but you can definitely insist upon that. So yeah.

K: Oh that’s so – I had no idea about gluten free in makeup at all, no idea whatsoever. That’s really interesting.

C: Yeah, but it all ties in with a question that I have for you, actually, so I’m gonna take reins. So, in terms of your business, because obviously we’re all very eco sort of centric at the moment, making sure that we’re doing good things for the environment. Obviously, you work with paper, so

what are we doing that’s good for the environment?

K: OK, well it’s a couple of things, because I love paper, I love the feel of it, like I love books, I love holding them in my hand, and I think there is something about wedding stationery – like, we always give out sample packs, because holding it in your hand is just so different from seeing it online, so I am very pro-paper. However, also pro environment, so we do that in a couple of ways.

So in house, we recycle everything we possibly can.

One of the reasons we don’t do a lot of foiling, and we certainly don’t have foil samples, although it is something we can get for you, is just because it’s not so environmentally friendly. It’s more difficult to dispose of, things like that. So it’s not something we like to keep and hold. We also – we do offer recycled papers, although it isn’t our standard, just because of print quality, so that is an issue that the industry as a whole has, but we do make sure we always use vegetable inks, we use a printer that has a really good recycling policy, they plant trees, they recycle 100% of their waste, so it’s just doing what we can within the limited sphere of what we have to the best, really.

So there are always ways we can get better, like we are cutting back on paper we do with a gloss finish, just because that’s more difficult to recycle, and it’s a bit plastic-y. So just to try and trim where we can, just to make it as eco as possible, but we can always do better and that’s something we’re always looking at.

C: Cool. Very good.

And from a design point of view, do you ever coordinate with other wedding suppliers?

So, I don’t know, are there things that, like, you can – cake, say. Could you have the same design on your cake as you did on your stationery.

K: That isn’t something we’ve done, but I would absolutely love to do that. That would be so nice. Because I design everything, all bespoke stuff from scratch, so it’s never going to be elements you’ll find anywhere else, on any other websites or anything like that, so it would be wonderful to carry it through to your cake – that would be amazing, yeah, definitely. Maybe your makeup, can we do some sort of exciting face painting would be incredible.

C: Flowers, and things like that. But even things like, you do see a lot of brides opting for gifting their bridesmaids, like dressing gowns.

K: Oh yes.

C: For the morning of- something like the pattern on your dressing gown, so it all ties in together, and then it’s in your photos, that kind of thing.

K: Oh, lovely, yeah, definitely. I’ve got loads of ideas to take forward, thank you so much, Chrys! And really lovely to talk to you! Thank you so much for your time.

What Do You Need To Include On A Wedding Invitation?

What do you need to include on a wedding invitation? Now you’ve sorted your Save The Date, and your wedding prep is making good headway, it’s time to think about Invitations. Let’s start with the basics:

Date

Including Day, Month and Year. It’s better to be as specific as possible!

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Time 

It’s worth considering including time of ceremony, time of reception, and time of “carriages”. This information will also be different depending on whether you’re doing separate day and evening invites. Here at Giftast, we can mix and match your invitations for no extra cost;)

Location (Ceremony & Reception)

Let your day guests know if they need to anticipate travelling between venues. Again, the information provided may be different depending on if you’re sending out separate day and evening invitations.

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RSVP Details

Are you including a card, or asking people to reply by text/email? When do they need to let you know by?

Plus One

Who is invited? Are your single friends allowed to bring their current SO? Can the kids come? Specify now, to save awkward questions later, and from making your table plan more complicated than it needs to be!

What do you need to include on a wedding invitation?  Sense and Sensibility Invitation Inside

Also worth considering…

Dress Code/Theme

Want everyone to wear purple? Going for a chilled out, shorts and sandals vibe? Going Gatsby? Now’s the time to let your guests know, so they can begin planning their outfits.

Gift Requests

Whether you have a gift registry set up, or want money for your honeymoon, or even nothing at all, let your guests know your plans.

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Wedding Website

If you’ve too much information to include on your invitation and don’t want to include a separate information card, then you you might want to consider making a wedding website, and including the web address on your invitations. 

Taxi Numbers

Your more organised guests will bring the invitation on the wedding day, so they will have all the timing and location information to hand. Including taxi numbers is especially useful in areas with limited internet access.

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Recommended Local Hotels

Encourage forward planning and cut down on how many phone calls you get all asking the same question – include your recommendations for hotels, including any information regarding reserved rooms at your venue, if necessary.

Directions

Whether your guests are arriving by plane, train, or automobile, and even though a lot of people will just use Google maps, save your guests some time by including some directions to harder-to-find and more out of the way venues. A lot of venues will have this information on their websites, which you can use.

 

And then… anything you like! Every wedding is different and you need to think about what works for you. When DH and I got married, we had a morning ceremony, followed by a wedding buffet which we then left at 3pm to go on honeymoon. We included this information on our invites, to let the guests know what to expect, but also so they knew that the venue was still available for their use once we’d left. 

All I would say is, the more information you include, the less questions you’ll have to answer and the more time you’ll save! 

What Do You Need To Include on a Save The Date?

If Save The Dates are something you’ve decided to go for, you may be wondering what information you need to include. Hopefully this guide will give you more of an idea of what you’ll need to know in advance.

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Check out our post on What Wedding Stationery Do I Need? to see if Save The Dates are right for you.

The Date

It sounds obvious, but you will need to know the exact date of your wedding. You will most likely need to have booked your venue before you send these out. If your wedding isn’t on a weekend, it may be helpful to include the day in addition to the date. Timings aren’t necessary on a Save the Date, and you may only be finalising these nearer the time.

Your Names

Again, sounds obvious, but sometimes it’s the most obvious things which get forgotten when you’re stressed! It’s your choice as to whether or not you include your surnames.

Note that an Invitation will Follow

Just to avoid confusion for your guests! Your Save the Date is necessarily brief, and as it’s sent well in advance of the big day, you can’t include much information because you won’t know it yet! 

Budget Wedding Save The Date

Optional – Their Names

If you’re sending the Save the Date to an address where some residents are invited and some aren’t, you may wish to include names to avoid disappointment and arguments later. Our personalised Save the Dates can include either a line for you to write in the names of your guests, or be printed with individual names. Otherwise, you can just include names on the envelope and confirm with the invitation which follows.

Optional – Location

If your wedding is taking place in a different country, or somewhere difficult to get to, it can be nice to include a location. Your guests may need to save dates around the big day for travelling.

Optional – Anything else you want.

Remember, there are no hard and fast rules. This is your wedding, and all the above is only a suggestion. There is a lot of tradition around what is sent when and what information it needs to include. This may not always be relevant to you and your wedding. The most important thing is that it works for you.

Your Wedding, Your Rules!

 

What On The Day Wedding Stationery Do I Need?

Following on from my previous Wedding Stationery post, let’s answer the “What On The Day Wedding Stationery Do I Need?” question.

Unlike the last post, this one is.. well, it’s a big un. There are so many options for on-the-day that it can seem overwhelming. But again, it’s a matter of pick and mix – you may want some, and you may want none! 

What On The Day Wedding Stationery Do I Need? Order of Service

Order of Service

Do I Need It? Maybe.

This one probably depends most on the type of ceremony you’re having. If you’re including a lot of personal readings, it can be nice to include these on your order of service. That makes this a really nice keepsake both for your guests and yourselves. You can also use your order of service to let guests know the timings for the rest of the day.

Victorian Wedding Style Table Plan - What On The Day Wedding Stationery Do I Need?

Table Plan

Do I Need It? Probably.

For my own wedding, a very small affair, and mostly including DH’s family/friends rather than mine, we decided against a table plan, however we are the only people I’ve heard of doing it that way!

This worked for us because we had

a) 40 guests who mostly knew one another already, and

b) a serve-yourself buffet meal.

I made a poster explaining that guests could pick their place cards up at the door (copper plant markers with their names on) and stick them in the table centres (decorated herb pots) on the tables of their choice. This definitely won’t work for larger parties, and is unlikely to work for sit-down meals, but it’s worth noting that other options are available.

Elegant Table Numbers - What On The Day Wedding Stationery Do I Need?

Table Numbers

Do I Need Them? Almost Certainly!

If you’ve opted for a Table Plan then you almost definitely need table numbers/names. But do they need to be printed? Not necessarily – this can be an opportunity to get creative with your table centres, and merge the two.

Rustic Place Cards - What On The Day Wedding Stationery Do I Need?

Place Cards

Do I Need Them? Probably.

Unless you’re going all out on a scenario similar to my wedding breakfast, you’re going to need to do place cards. If your budget can stretch to it, I’d recommend getting your guest names printed on (at Giftast we always include a few blank spares for those last-minute changes). However if your budget is tighter, either buy blank to write yourself, or consider ideas for combining place cards with wedding favours. There are loads of ideas for how to do this on Pinterest. 

What On The Day Wedding Stationery Do I Need? Menus

Menus

Do I Need Them? Perhaps, but probably not.

Some people like their guests to know what they’re eating, some don’t mind. If your guests have picked their menu choices, this can be better added on to the inside of their place cards, as most people will have no recollection of what they asked for months/over a year earlier! If you’re serving everyone the same, a menu can be a nice touch, and also an opportunity to include some more handy information. For example:

  • Timings for the rest of the day
  • Special thanks
  • Information re any donations you did in lieu of wedding favours
  • Taxi phone numbers for later in the night.

Signs

Do I Need Them? Well, it depends on what information you want to communicate to your guests.

Are you having:

  • flip flops,
  • blanket baskets,
  • photo booth,
  • wedding hashtags,
  • Please-don’t-post-on-facebook-yet instructions,
  • welcome messages,
  • sweet stations,
  • reserved seats….

Then a sign can be a really nice way of flagging these up to your guests. But most people know a sweet station when they see it, so just go with what feels right for you! At Giftast, if you order table numbers, we will make matching signs the same size and shape for the same price (£2 ish each). But talk to your stationer, as you can also have posters, chalk boards, standing banners, table-plan sized boards… 

And there you have it! A non-conclusive list of things you can have – but don’t necessarily need. Here at Giftast, we don’t sell Wedding Stationery as a package – you can mix and match to fit your needs, and we can always personalise everything to be just what you want.

If you’d like a free consultation to talk about your options, you can Contact Me or call the number at the top of the screen to arrange a phone or skype call. 

Happy Wedding Planning!

What Wedding Stationery Do I Need?

What Wedding Stationery do I need?

When I was planning this post, I did a search on “What Wedding Stationery Do I Need?”

There are an awful lot of posts.

Do we need another one? Well, yeah, I reckon. Because the lists I saw – the lists! So long! So off-putting! So… expensive sounding.

I think there’s this pressure of what you *have to have* for your wedding, which these “What Wedding Stationery Do I Need?” lists can exacerbate. Of course, not everyone will feel this wedding-related peer pressure, but if budget is an issue, it can be difficult to decide what can be cut. 

So let’s talk about what you might actually need, as well as a couple of options which are nice to have, if they suit your purpose.

Northanger Abbey Stylish Wedding Save The Date

Save The Dates

Do I need them? Not necessarily. 

Do I want them? Perhaps. If you’re planning a wedding for, say, 2 years away, then Save The Dates are a brilliant idea. Particularly paper ones – they’ll get stuck on a notice board, so when your most important guests are planning their holidays, they can just look at it. No rooting in emails, or scrolling back through text messages. Definitely worth considering, but if you’re only planning for under a year away? Maybe not worth it.

Sense and sensibility inspired watercolour greenery wedding invitation

Invitations

Do I need them? Yeah, pretty much. Unless you’re eloping!

Do they have to be paper? No. But again, the stick-em-on-the-noticeboard thing. And I would say that, of course!

Your invitations can be as simple or as complicated as you like. If you want to go all out with a beautifully crafted pack, then that’s a gorgeous keepsake your guests can treasure. If you want to buy a multi pack of cards you fill out yourself, that’s your choice. DIYing your own can be a great option if you’re a creative person.

 

Information Cards

Do I need them? Maybe. If your venue is out of the way, or not local to most of your guests, an info card with recommended hotels and taxi numbers could be really useful, and save you answering a lot of Facebook messages individually! You can also add on your gift preferences, dress code, or any other pertinent information.

What are my options? Well, if we’re talking paper, you’ve got 3 main choices:

  1. Double sided invitations – if you’ve space, stick it on the back! Here at Giftast we do that for no extra cost.
  2. Add a separate info card – if your invitations have a back design already (we do quite a few with monograms) then you can add in another card, almost identical, but with your extra info. This will cost more, though.
  3. Add it in to a folded card – for folded invites, extra info can be added in to the front left inside page. We also do this for no extra cost, and it has the added benefit of keeping all your information together.

What Wedding Stationery Do I Need? Sample RSVP, Emma range

RSVPs

Do I need them? Perhaps, but maybe not.

What are my options? Paper RSVPs are really nice, I think, because they’re so smol. Ours are A7, so half the size of a standard postcard, and come with matching sized return envelopes, and free return label stickers to save you the hassle of hand-addressing. When they get posted back to you, they’re adorable. It’s so nice receiving fun post, and it’s a physical reminder of the excitement and build up to your wedding as they are slowly returned to you. 

But if you don’t care about smol cute post, why bother? Well, if you’ve a lot of technically un-advanced guests coming, it may be easiest for them the reply by snail mail. But if you’re on a tight schedule, or everyone you’re inviting loves to text or email, then you could just add those RSVP details on to your invitation/info card and save yourself the trouble. 

 

There we have it. It’s your wedding, it’s your budget, and there’s no one-size-fits all for wedding stationery. Have a chat to your stationer about what you actually want, and what will work best for you. 

I’ll tackle the mind-boggling array of On-The-Day stationery in another post, which I’ll link to here when it goes up. In the meantime, happy planning!