Wedding stationery is an essential part of any wedding. You wouldn’t have guests at your wedding without wedding invitations!! They really can set the tone of your wedding so you want to do it right. Save the dates and invites can give subtle clues as to your theme and wedding colours. Table plans, menus and place cards can enhance the styling of your day and add to the décor of your venue. As well as the more ‘traditional’ wedding stationery (i.e. folded wedding invites) there are so many weird and wonderful ideas out there now that allow you to reflect you personality and tastes in your wedding day. Of course you can order them all from the internet but this is often a costly venture. To save money I recommend making your own wedding stationery. Although to some it may seem like an impossible, time consuming and fiddly task, DIY wedding stationery done right with a touch of refinement will look beautiful, personal and professional as well as saving you so much money from your precious wedding budget. All you need is an idea, a quick bit of method research then get making and creating.
The ideas are endless but here’s a few that I did for my wedding…….
Save the Dates
Save the dates are your first port of call for wedding stationery. I would recommend sending these out as soon as you have booked your venue. The information you provide on them can be very brief, literally the date and venue will suffice. The aim being to get people to save your wedding date as far in advance as possible, as your wedding invitations are only sent out approximately four months in advance. Save the dates can come in any form, postcards, fridge magnets, pens, badges, luggage tags, the choice is yours.
I got married at the seaside so my theme was nautical chic. I decided to do a fairly traditional flat card save the date but with a little bow and tiny little gold anchors sewn on. I ordered the brown card and envelopes from an online stationers, created the design on a simple word document and printed them out myself. For the finishing touch I tied ribbon in a bow and superglued it on and sewed on the anchors so they had a bit of movement.
I love receiving Wedding invites! The creative ideas that people come up with really make me smile. Recently I have been sent a wedding invitation on a vinyl record (the groom is a DJ) the details for the day were written as tracks on the record. Amazing! I have also received an invite for a wedding abroad that was on a luggage tag. Everyone put the tags on their suitcases and you could identify all the people in the airport that were going to the wedding. Really fun idea!
Following my nautical theme, I decided to do a message in a bottle for my invites. There are companies online that can do this for you but it was working out at about £500 to do all the invites I needed. I thought this would be better spent elsewhere (food and alcohol!) so I did it myself. I found each element online i.e. the bottles, parchment, shells and boxes and sourced the rest myself. I collected the sand from a nearby beach and printed the invites onto the parchment paper. Then it was just a case of assembling them and posting them off. The feedback was amazing, all of our guests loved receiving their message in a bottle invites and couldn’t wait to see what we had in store for them at the wedding.
As a decorative yet functional element of the wedding, the table plan is a really important part of the day. You can display your table plan in any way imaginable, painted on an old wooden door, suspended from the ceiling in vintage frames, hanging in a vintage suitcase, even stuck onto trowels popping out of a collection of assorted flower pots.
For my wedding I bought a white ornate framed mirror for only £15! I printed out all the names for each table and backed them with blue card bought from a craft shop. To add a little bit of quirkiness I added some miniature bunting. Which I made by simply sticking the striped fabric onto white string. I worked out it didn’t even cost me 1/5 of the price of the online ones!
Alternatively you could turn the mirror or picture frame into a blackboard by buying blackboard paint and simply painting the surface a couple of times and leaving to dry overnight. Then write your tables and names straight onto the blackboard with chalk.
Place cards can be as simple as hand writing a name on a piece of card or as creative as your imagination will allow. Perhaps a little tag attached to a vintage key, a biscuit with the name piped on in icing, handwritten on a pebble, or perhaps no name at all…. I asked all of our guests to send me a picture of themselves as a child or teenager. I collected and bought some seashells and sawed a small slit in the top of each one. I printed each photo out and put in the shell photo stands. It was a fab surprise for our guests when they got to their table and saw their baby pictures and a great ice breaker for people that didn’t know each other. Some of my guests that I had known a long time I used photographs of us together as children and didn’t tell them about it.
Whether you have decided upon table names or table numbers this can be a practical but lovley decoration for your tables. For example large 3D numbers decorated in your wedding colours or your table name or numbers placed in a frame that reflects the style of your wedding, there are so many great ways to direct your guests to the correct table.
Continuing my nautical theme I bought lots of rope knots from a cheap homeware store and used them as a base for my table numbers which I printed out and backed onto some card. I then added the same bows that I used for the save the dates to tie it all in together. It was so simple yet so effective.