Your wedding stationery suite will consist of many different options depending on your needs. Learn about all of the pieces and components that go into creating a complete wedding invitation suite.
SAVE THE DATES
Save the dates are usually sent 6-12 months before the wedding. They are a thoughtful (and fun!) way of letting your guests know the wedding date, and that they are invited. They are especially helpful for destination weddings, or for guests who will need to travel to attend so that any necessary plans can be made. Just the basic information about the wedding is included.
Wedding invitations should be posted 6-12 weeks before the event (or 3-6 months for destination weddings). These are the most important element of your wedding stationery and are used to share essential details about the ceremony and reception.
Evening invitations are sent out at the same time as the main invites. They are sent to guests who are exclusively invited to the evening reception. It is important that it is very clear this is an invitation to the reception only.
Reply cards and corresponding envelopes are sent with your wedding invitations. Reply cards include an RSVP date, a space for the guests name(s) and yes/no attendance options, and so they will let you know how many guests to expect. Reply cards will be posted back to you in the included envelope. You can also ask guests to indicate dietary restrictions or choose menu options on these cards.
Detail cards are sent out with your wedding invitations and reply cards. They include practical information that your guests will find useful, such as 'on the day' details, accommodations, directions, wedding website, gifts. You may also choose to let guests know about a welcome party, 'day after' brunch or other events on this card.
Belly bands are a long strip of card that wrap around your invitation suite. They compliment your invitations perfectly and hold together your invites, detail cards and rsvps in a snug bundle. The perfect finishing touch!
ORDER OF SERVICE
Wedding programs (or order of services) are used on the day of the wedding at the ceremony itself. They are a lovely way of introducing the order of the ceremony to your guests as they wait for the bride to arrive! They can include details, such as the names of your bridal party, ceremony details, readings, poems, hymns, a note to your guests, or an ‘in memory of’ section. Simple, folded booklet programs are digitally printed and double sided with a crease so they open as a simple folded book.