7 Things a Wedding Stationer Wants You To Know When Wedding Planning

7 Things a Wedding Stationer Wants You To Know! Today I have the lovely Louise from LouPaper on the blog talking about all things wedding stationery. Wedding stationery is a huge part of your wedding planning, even if you don’t think it is! From sending out save the dates, to printing out name places, your wedding stationery is a whole process throughout wedding planning. So Lou has kindly offered to explain a few helpful tips to ensure the process is as straightforward as possible.

Introducing LouPaper!

photo credit JoJo Cooper Photography

LouPaper is the home of luxury modern wedding stationery and calligraphy, personalised especially for you. LouPaper’s mission is to create truly beautiful and personalised stationery to match the unique style of your big day. Specialising in modern calligraphy and hand lettering, each design comes with its own quirks and character.

Whether you’re setting the date and choosing a venue, or confirming the finer details, when it comes to stationery there are a few helpful tips to know to ensure the process is as straightforward as possible.

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1. First impressions count – your chance to wow

Your save the dates and invitations are the first glimpse your guests will get of your wedding day, so it’s the perfect opportunity for you to set the tone and give them a taste of what’s to come. Think about tying the stationery in with your colour palette, or including some of the florals being used or perhaps adding a touch of similar styling. Consistency will make the whole day feel cohesive and really exude the theme, vibe and styling of the day that you’ve so carefully planned.

2. Stationery Checklist – your requirements

Make a list of the stationery you need, it will be really helpful when it comes to quoting and budgeting. Here’s some popular items you can pick and choose from;

Before the day

Save the dates
Detail cards
RSVP cards
Envelope Liners

On the day
Place names
Table plan
Table names
Order of services

After the day
Thank you cards

3. Wedding Stationery Timeline – when to send

Now you know what you need, here’s a handy timeline to help you work out when to order.

Save the dates
 – 12 months before the big day

Invitations – 6-9 months before the big day

The design process usually takes 4-6 weeks so remember to add this into your timeline so you can get your stationery in the post on time! Also, always check your postage before sending. For instance, if you’ve multiple cards tied together with twine this may require a large letter stamp. You don’t want your guests being charged before they receive your invites.

On the day stationery – 4-6 weeks before the big day
You’ll need your guestlist for the day finalised before some of these items can be started.  

Thank you cards – up to 3 months after the big day
Usually you’ll want to use a photo from your big day on these, so see if your photographer will send you some preview snaps to use 

4. Guestlist – how many invitations?

A very common mistake to make, is thinking that each guest needs an invite each. When working out how many invitations you need, remember that you only need to send one per couple or household. Typically, the total number is about 60% of your final guestlist total. When deciding on your guestlist, it’s also really handy to create a spreadsheet of your guests’ for easy envelope addressing! 

5. Spares – order a few more

Always order a few spares for any guestlist additions and for keepsakes. It is costly to order extra at a later date as a new print run. Also give your photographer a set of stationery for them to capture on the wedding day. Stationery photos make a gorgeous addition to your details shots, alongside your flowers and styling.

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6. Samples – the real deal

If you’re unsure of anything or would like to see the design for real before ordering, always buy a sample. This will give you an idea of the card quality, colours and finishing touches, and will confirm if you’re mind if it’s right for your big day.

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7. RSVP – what deadline date to give?

Your RSVP by date tends to be 8-10 weeks before your wedding. Usually your venue & caterers will give you a deadline date to give them final numbers and dietary requirements. Use this as a base but add on some extra time to chase up any stragglers and collate everything together. Also, you’ll need this information to finalise your on the day stationery which is usually start 6 weeks before the big day.

Free wedding stationery guide

You can download LouPapers free wedding stationery guide here which is full of lots of useful hints and tips!

Thank you so much Lou!

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