Below is a listing of elements within a full wedding stationery suite including the invitation set and day-of stationery items. While it is not required to have each and every item, couples should carefully determine which ones are necessary based on their needs.
The Invitation Set
Save The Date Card
Save The Dates are used to notify the guests of an upcoming wedding. Save The Dates are usually sent to guests between 6-8 months before the wedding. Couples may include engagement photos and list their wedding website on the save the dates.
The wedding invitation card is a formal correspondence which lists the couples names, date, location of the marriage ceremony. Typical paper goods included in a invitation set are matching invitation envelopes, reply cards with matching envelopes, detail cards, map/direction cards.
Reply cards are used to determine which guests are attending and not attending the wedding. Reply cards are typically sent with the invitation card with a stamped envelope. Couples with wedding websites can also provide guests with the option to reserve their spot online.
Detail Cards are used to provide additional information to guests about the wedding. This card is typically mailed along with the invitation and reply card. Detail Cards can include information such as reception location, hotel accommodations, transportation services, wedding websites, registries, and wedding attire.
Map Cards are used to help guests visualize locations of hotels to the ceremony site and reception site. This can also be a great item to highlight wedding events at different locations. Couples typically will either include a map card or a directions listing card with their mailed invitations.
Wedding Itinerary Card
Itinerary Cards are a great way to let your guests know events that are happening outside of the wedding ceremony and reception. Itinerary Cards can include Welcome Dinners, After Party Events, Post-Wedding Brunches. This card is also mailed with the invitations.
Reception Cards are used if the wedding ceremony and reception are being held in different locations. Couples will typically leave this information off the invitation card and put it on a reception card instead.
Printed invitation sets will need to be mailed in a envelope. Couples should be sure to have their guest and return addresses printed digitally or by hand on the envelopes. Traditional reply cards should have a separate stamped envelope with the return address printed on the fronts.
Thank You Cards
Thank You Cards are typically mailed within 3 months after the wedding. These cards are a part of a invitation set design but can be ordered later in the planning process.
Belly Bands can be slim cuts sheets of paper or ribbon used to wrap and hold the invitation, reply, and details cards together.
An envelope liner is a thin sheet of paper glued on the insides of your envelopes. The liners can be colored or printed with a pattern to match the invitation set.
A wax seal is made of two parts the seal which is a designed metal stamp and the wax. The wax can be melted and the seal is used to create an impression of a design onto the wax before it hardens. Wax seals are used to decorate stationery items and seal envelopes.
Vow holders are small handmade books with blank pages inside. Couples can write their vows on the blank sheets and read from them during the ceremony. Vow holders can also be used for special love notes to share before the ceremony.
Ceremony Programs include a names of the wedding party members, officiant, and parents, along with a order of service for the ceremony. Services are listed in chronological order and can list of the readings, songs and traditional rituals.
Welcome signs are used to welcome your guests to your event. They can include the event name and timeline of events for the day. They are typically large poster-size signs displayed on a stand or easel at the entrance of the ceremony or reception site.
The seating chart sign lists guests by name or table, depending on where they are seated. They are poster-sized signs and typically placed on a easel/stand or in a display outside of the reception space.
Table signs display the table name or number according to the specified seating chart prepared by the couple or event planner. They are typically A7 sized and displayed in a stand or frame on the tables.
Escort Cards are individual cards that correspond to your wedding seating chart and specify the assigned table for each guest. They are typically placed on a table or in a display outside of the reception space.
Place cards only indicate the guest name and not the table number. These cards are displayed and assigned to each individual guest at every place setting, either on the plate or just in front of it.
Menu Cards will list all of the different course meals provided during the event. The menu items can be detailed and describe preparation techniques and ingredients in the dishes.
Food Station Signs
Place cards only indicates the guest name and not the table number. These cards are displayed and assigned to each individual guest at every place setting, either on the plate or just in front of it.
Couple Drink/Bar Signs
Couples offering a bar service to guests can display the available signature drinks and their ingredients.
Favor Tags are small printed cards that are attached to favors and gifts that you are giving your guests the day of the wedding.