Most of the focus with wedding stationery is on the invitations and RSVPs, info cards etc, known as the invitation suite. This is usually the most important part as it invites guests to your wedding and sets the tone for the big day. It’s easy to forget about the additional on the day wedding stationery you may need, so this checklist suggests some wedding stationery items you might like to order or create yourself to use on your wedding day.
Order of Service
Most religious wedding ceremonies will need an order of service so the congregation can participate in hymns, prayers and more; civil ceremonies less so. It’s nice with a civil ceremony to dedicate space to perhaps introducing your bridal party, thank you messages, explaining the story of how you met, giving an outline schedule for the day, and any other personal details. It becomes more of an Order of the Day and can be a lovely touch.
If you’re putting a lot of love and care into the choice of your food and drink it’s great to tell your guests what they are indulging in, and if there is a story behind your choices, tell it!
The majority of weddings have some kind of seating plan, so you need place cards to show guests where to sit at the dining table. A simple tent card, a tag attached to the napkin with twine, handwritten pebbles… the options are endless, and it is a chance to get creative.
When considering your on the day wedding stationery a seating plan is a must if you want guests to sit in allocated seats. The most common and traditional format of showing your seating plan is via a large sheet on an easel and board. However, the use of placement/escort cards are a favourite of ours (duplicate place cards with or without envelopes), positioned on an interesting looking display table telling guests which table they are sitting at.
There are also all sorts of beautiful statement pieces that show the seating plan, including hanging cards from the branches of trees or placing them in buckets and pots.
You’ll need a way of indicating which table is which as guests enter the room. You can simply use numbers, or perhaps names of meaningful places, songs etc. It can sometimes be hard to be practical and pretty here, but there are some great options. Using photo frames can look lovely and you can re-use the frames after your wedding.
The above lists most of the basics, but there are lots of other on the day wedding stationery items you use. Think about bar lists and cocktail menus, a sign for where any wedding cards and gifts should go, a sign to indicate how you would like guests to find their seating, and plenty more. If you have a striking design and a good design/print company you can really make an impact here.
Think through all parts of your wedding day and what you’d like to communicate to guests at each point.
Order of Service Book: Honeydew Moments
Civil Ceremony Order of Service and Seating Plan on Easel: Martin Dabek Photography
Menu on Glass Plate: Bauermeister Weddings
Marble-Effect Menu: Siobhan H Photography
Tent Place Card: Toby Lowe Photography
Name Tag with Lavender: Shropshire Petals
Leaf Place Name: The Singlers Photography
Escort Cards: Gideon Photography
Bay Tree Seating Plan: Made with Love Designs
Glass Seating Plan with Leaves: Jack and Jane Photography
Table One Sign: Amanda Karen Photography
Paris Table Name Card: Geoff Kirby Photography
Shake It and Gin Signs: Jonny Barratt Photography
Thank You Note: Delicious Photography
Cards Sign: Mirrorbox Photography
Drinks Menu: Tom Biddle Design and Photography
Pick a Seat Sign: Silver and Light
Guest Book Sign: Michelle Cordner Photography