Your Wedding Stationery Checklist
Getting ready for your wedding is an exciting time, but with so much to organise in a set amount of time, it can all become a bit overwhelming. Wedding planning can be mindboggling; a never ending list of different lists with all the things you must do in order to be ready in time.
To help you manage your wedding stationery list, we’ve created a comprehensive wedding stationery checklist to guide you through all your paper needs from save the dates to thank you cards. We’ve divided your stationery checklist into 3 parts: before the wedding, on the day and after the wedding.
Before the wedding
☐ Engagement Party Invitations
As soon as you’ve said yes you can start preparing for your engagement party! An engagement party invitation is the perfect way to announce that you are getting married to your friends & family.
☐ Save the Date - Up to 1 year before the day
Once you’ve set the date and secured your venue it’s time to let your guests know with a save the date card. It’s best to let everyone know as in advance as possible so as to ensure that they don’t commit to another occasion on that same day.
☐ Wedding Invitations - 4-6 months before the wedding
Your wedding invitations will be the most important part of your wedding stationery suite. Not only will they set the tone of the big day, they serve to ensure that your guests are aware of all the details and that they will be there with you on the day! Tips on wedding invitation wording.
☐ RSVP Cards - 4-6 months before the wedding
Create RSVP cards or coupons to match your wedding invitation. These cards can be slipped inside the envelope with your wedding invitation ready for your guests’ to complete and return to you. Send a postcard style RSVP card.
☐ Information Cards - 4-6 months before the wedding
If you have extra details to add to some or all of your wedding invites, then you will need to think about how you are going to communicate the information. This information may not fit on your wedding invitation or it is only pertinent to a selection of your invitees, either way an information card that matches perfectly is the way to go.
☐ Evening Invitations 2-4 months before the wedding
You might want to invite some guests only to your wedding reception. If this is the case you can either create a new version of your wedding invitation, same design and size, different wording, or, you can create a smaller wedding card in the same design.
On the day
☐ Order of Service - 4 weeks before the day
Your order of service or wedding programme will help guide your guests through the big day.
☐ Table Plans - 4 weeks before the day
Guide your guests to their table at the reception with a matching personalised table plan
☐ Table Numbers - 4 weeks before the day
Your guests will easily find their table with table name cards or table number cards.
☐ Place Cards - 4 weeks before the day
Let each wedding guest know where he or she is sitting with a table name card that has their name on it!
☐ Menu Cards - 4 weeks before the day
Whether you’re thinking of one or menu cards per table or one card per guest, you’ll need to let your guests know what they’ll be eating at the reception.
☐ Wedding Signs - 4 weeks before the day
Signpost the reception, the buffet, the gift table, the guest book and more with personalised signs that match your invitations and reception stationery.
☐ Guest Books - 3 weeks before the wedding
Encourage your wedding guests to leave you a little note as the enter or leave the reception. Guest books are a lovely wedding keepsake that everyone participates in, you’ll look back on it for years to come
After the wedding
☐ Thank You Cards - 3-12 weeks after the wedding
After the wedding has come to an end and you’ve returned from honeymoon it’s time to think about thanking your guests for their participation in your big day and for the lovely gifts they left you with. It’s particularly nice to add one or two wedding photos to your wedding thank you card as a reminder of what an exceptional day it was.Tips on thank you card wording.
☐ Wedding Photo Album - once you’ve received your photos!
Complete your wedding stationery suite with a personalised wedding photo album. These also make lovely presents for parents of the bride and groom