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.
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.
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.
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:
- Double sided invitations – if you’ve space, stick it on the back! Here at Giftast we do that for no extra cost.
- 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.
- 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.
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. 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. In the meantime, happy planning!