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Wedding Planning: Stationery

November 9, 2015 by The Marquardt Ranch

What’s the first impression guests will have of your big day?  It’s not your gorgeous dress or your fabulous venue or your perfect flowers.  It’s not your playlist or your cocktail hour or your pretty bridal party.  No, it’s something much smaller.

Your wedding stationery is the first impression your guests will have of your wedding.  Your Save the Date, invitation, reception card and RSVP reply card will all play a heavy role in crafting the atmosphere of your dream day.  When it comes to such pretty paper, there are a myriad of options.  You’ve probably got a hundred ideas swirling around in your head right now, and that’s good! In fact, that’s the first step toward an invitation that mirrors your wedding day perfectly.

We’ve got some ideas–and, of course, a checklist–to get the brainstorming process started for your wedding stationery.  These are just a few quick styles to set you in the right direction.  But remember, it’s your day.  You can make it look and feel just how you want, so be creative with your stationery!

Save The Date:

  • Postcard
  • Photo card
  • You and your fiance’s home states
  • Bookmark
  • Mini calendar
  • Magnet

Invitation:

  • Foil stamping
  • Monograms
  • Letterpress
  • Lace trim
  • Satin bows
  • Floral print
  • Photo

Do any of these words jump out at you?  Good!  Then get started with a quick Google or Pinterest search.  Keep a file or Pinterest board full of invitation inspiration.  This will help when you go into a stationery store or search online for that perfect piece of paper.  That’s another decision you’ll have to make: online or storefront purchase?  There are pros and cons to both:

Stationery Store:

  • Pro: You can touch the invitations and see them up close and personal.
  • Pro: You can choose your paper thickness, font colors and font styles more easily when you see them in person.
  • Con: This can be slightly overwhelming, with many binders of invitations. That’s why it’s important to create an inspiration file.
  • Con: This can be the more expensive option.

Online: 

  • Pro: This gives you a million options, from Etsy to Wedding Paper Divas and beyond.
  • Pro: You can choose a wedding website template that matches your invitation.
  • Pro: This tends to be the more reasonably priced option.
  • Con: You are unable to see paper quality until it arrives in the mail.

Feeling a little overwhelmed?  That’s ok.  We’ve got a checklist for you! Remember: a job begun is a job half done.  Just get started with the brainstorming process and the rest will follow suit!

Checklist:

  • Choose the words you want to describe your wedding stationery from the lists above.
  • Create an inspiration folder or Pinterest board with a few favorites found online.
  • Browse through a stationery store to gain more ideas.
  • Decide on wording for the invitation.  Ask your mom and your fiance for their input as well.
  • Compile a list of guests’ addresses.  We suggest using an Excel or Google Doc Spreadsheet.
  • Double check all wording and addresses.
  • Decide whether or not to use a calligrapher for envelope addressing.
  • Choose font colors and styles.
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