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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!