Wedding Planning: Designing your wedding stationery

Posted on Jun 5 2019 - 9:00am by Samantha Clark
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Your wedding stationery does more than let your guests know of the vital details of your wedding. Your stationery will also set the tone, inform the dress code and give a taste of the theme of the day. Next to your venue and dress, your stationery is the most important aspect to your special day.

When you first start researching wedding stationery, you’ll likely be overwhelmed with the choice available. So, we’ve partnered with Olive Weddings stationery to put together a little guide to help you see the options available when it comes to designing your wedding stationery.

Designing your wedding stationery

Bespoke design

There are plenty of choice when it comes to designs available for wedding stationery but, despite this, it may not always be in keeping with theme or desires. But have you considered having something designed specifically for you?

Lots of couples have monograms or crests designed that can be the central theme throughout the invitation suite. The beauty of this, is you can use your bespoke design on future correspondence, in linens, Christmas cards and pretty much anything else that can be customised.

Additionally, you could have this adapted to feature on a stamp or embossed onto your envelopes for further detail.

Bespoke stationery

A bespoke illustration by Olive Weddings

The printing process

Letterpress

The oldest form of printing, letterpress entails inking a large plate/block and pressing this to the surface of the sheet leaving a slight impression and ink on individual sheets.

Foiling

Is a hot printing process that involves using heat, pressure and foil. Traditionally, used with a metallic foil, it is also possible to have foiling in a variety of colours. A popular print that adds a luxurious look and feel to your stationery.

Hot Foiling

Hot foiling adds a beautiful and elegant touch to stationery- by Olive Weddings

Embossing

Embossing is a printing process that presses an image or wording into the paper or card. It creates a three-dimensional, raised design. Popular for motifs on stationery or envelopes.

Litho Print

Litho printing is a process that uses a metal plate, treated so that wet ink is drawn to the wording and imagery. It is a flat printing process but ideal for fine detail and large blocks of text.

Thermography

Following the above litho process, you can apply a thermography powder and put the sheet though a heat process to raise the design and text. This treatment creates a gloss finish with a textured surface.

The finer details

Colour

When working with a stationer, you’ll have a wider choice of paper, envelope and font colours to choose from. Ensuring your stationery suite is in keeping with your wedding theme. If you’re already working with a particular colour, you can send them a sample to match or certainly come close to the colours you already love.

Fonts

The look and feel of a piece of stationery can change dramatically with a change of font so deciding on the font, and wording can be tricky business. There is so much choice! When you work with a stationer, they can best advise the fonts and wording that’ll best suit the type of occasion you have in mind.,

Accessories

Accent your stationery with wax stamps, twine, ribbon, bands and tags. It may be for practical purposes where you’d like to wrap up the different elements of your stationery suite (e.g. invites, maps, RSVPs etc.) or just for the finer detail.

It’s all in the detail- add wax stamp seals to your envelopes and twine and tags to your stationery suite. By Olive Weddings

Envelopes

There are more to the envelopes than meets the eye! These too can be customised to create something really unique and special for your wedding.

There are a whole variety of envelope designs out there. Instead of the traditional style, you may love the appeal of a wallet or additions of pockets and/or pocket fold envelopes.

You can even have the addresses of your guests printed on to the envelopes for accuracy and consistency. Or instruct a calligrapher to write these for you for an extra special touch or learn the practice yourself.

A simpler invite coupled with an envelope liner can provide understated luxury or incorporate the motif of the invite into a matching liner for definition and ‘wow’ factor.

The wedding stationery to consider

Where possible, its best to plan out your stationery suite from the outset so that you can have a uniform theme throughout your wedding. Here are just some ideas of the stationery items you could order and incorporate into your day:

Save the date cards

Once you’ve secured the venue and the date for your wedding, the save the dates are helpful to send to guests that will be spending the day with you. This will give them plenty of notice to book time off work and make travel and accommodation arrangements if necessary.

Invitations

You’ll likely have separate invites for day and evening guests as they’ll have different wordings. As a minimum, your invites should inform the date, time, location and very key information for your days events that your guests should know.

RSVP cards

If you’d like to make a keepsake of your RSVPs, include these with your invites and a stamp to post back. Often, you’ll need to know food choices not just attendance numbers and you may decide to ask for song requests too so you know your guests will be sure to get up and dance.

Order of the day/itinerary booklets

Particularly popular for church weddings if you’re having hymns or poems. If you’re hosting a destination wedding or stay away, you may decide to make itinerary booklets for the guests that will be spending the duration of the trip with you. These can help your guests know of the activities planned that they’re invited to join in.

Seating solutions

To help coordinate your guests effortlessly for the wedding breakfast, table plans, table names and place names are an essential component to your wedding day. Menu cards are also a nice addition to your tables. Seating solutions can be customised to coordinate with your wedding theme too.

Place setting

Don’t forget about table plans, table names, place names and menus. Provided by Olive Weddings.

Thank you cards

Following your wedding you’ll likely want to send a handwritten note to your guests to thank them for coming for and any gifts. Undoubtedly the thank you cards will be a keep sake too so why not continue with your stationery theme?

You may also consider having signage, confetti cones, favour boxes/tags all matching, which does look particularly special.

The beauty of working with a stationer is you can work to a particular budget or play around with that ideas that you’d like to work with and use their creativity and expertise to create something really personal and special for your magical day.

This post was created in collaboration with Olive Weddings. We’re working with Ruth at Olive Weddings in designing stationery for our occasion. We’ve received a discount on our stationery suite in return for collaborating on this project together. We found Ruth at Olive Weddings works with you to create bespoke wedding stationery of your dreams. Whether you’re looking for traditional or a more contemporary style, she focusses on creating something really special for you. Take a look at the gorgeous work she’s done via her Instagram page (@oliveweddings).

“I offer a highly personalised, award winning wedding stationery service, working closely with couples to turn their ideas and inspiration into their dream invites. Using a Pinterest board, collage, set of images or just an informal chat, I can suggest designs, formats and hone their ideas into the perfect set. I make sure my clients know that theres no silly questions, deciding the final combination of colours, wording, fonts and the finer details can be daunting and complicated and Im here to help!” https://www.oliveweddings.co.uk/

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