Wedding stationery really sets the tone for the event - there's nothing like receiving a swoon-worthy invitation in the post to build excitement for the guests. It also gives a great idea of the style of event you're planning and sort of becomes your wedding's aesthetic signature.
SO, WHAT DO YOU NEED?
Before you order your wedding stationery, it's always good to put together a list of all the paper elements you'll need, and decide on a budget. This will help you stay on track and figure out which pieces are essential and which ones you could go without.
At first glance, deciding what to order can seem a little overwhelming, but it's totally manageable if you break it down into parts. First off is your ‘Invitation Suite’, information which goes out to guests before the big day. Then you have your ‘Day Of’ pieces, such as place cards, seating plans and table numbers etc. All these can come under the umbrella of ‘Wedding Stationery’.
Remember to budget for envelopes and consider finishing touches like thank-you cards and wax seals - if you’re feeling fancy and are within that all important budget. At Smith & The Magpie we include matching stock envelopes in all of our house collection suites, as we like to make things easy.
CHOOSING YOUR STYLE + DESIGN
Choosing your stationery design is a great way to get your creativity flowing early in the planning process. We’d recommend surfing Pinterest and Instagram for examples of styles you like, as there are heaps - and so many talented suppliers! Colours and typeface are two of the biggest factors in the overall look of a stationery suite, so look out for these and note which you like, you’ll notice these are what makes a huge difference between stationery suites.
If you’ve already chosen a colour scheme or loose theme - even better. These can help guide you, as we like to think that complimenting stationery is a great way to carry the overall style of your wedding right from the start. If you’ve already swooned over flowers and bridesmaid dresses, go back to your inspiration for these and pick colours that are consistent.
At Smith & The Magpie, we create semi-custom collections. These are trend led and pre-designed. Think of them as templates which are then personalised with your text details. Way better for the pure strings than a one-off bespoke design, but with all the love, care and attention that everyone would think it is It’s a no brainer from us.
We’re fans of having a consistent style across your stationery set, so you should aim to decide on this when you choose your Save The Dates. Each of our collections feature complimenting pieces starting with Save The Dates, Invitations, RSVP cards, you get the idea, the list goes on. So once you’ve selected your preferred collection, you can leave the rest to us.