Paper Trail – Wedding Stationery

Your wedding stationery will give your guests a glimpse of your wedding theme and style, so make sure your stationery counts! With zillions of ideas and choices these days, stay true to your style and vision you have for your wedding.  Put together a stationery checklist and keep within your budget.

Save-the- Date (Electronic or not?)

If you are getting married in peak holiday periods it’s always a good idea to send out save-the-date notifications.  Send them out around six months prior to your wedding day. Don’t expect an RSVP as this is just an informal communication to let your guests know when you are getting married, and where.  Electronic save the date notifications are acceptable, but if you want to make a real statement, we love formal, good old fashioned stationery.

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Your invites communicate the most important information of your day, so consider the following pointers:

  • Send them out six to eight weeks prior to the wedding.
  • Your RSVP deadline should be two to three weeks before the wedding.
  • If you have a wedding website, include the address in your invite for guests for further info.
  • Do not include your registry info on the wedding invite or save-the-date notification, it is considered rude. There should be no mention of an expectation of a gift, but It’s ok to share the details on your wedding website.
  • To communicate your desired dress code include this in the bottom corner of your invite ie. Formal, Black Tie, Cocktail, Casual etc.


Your invitation style should portray your desired dress code.  For a formal event, think, calligraphy, foil printing, metallic digital printing, die cutting, laser cutting, wax seals etc. For an informal event think fun fonts, wood and perspex, stickers and labels, ribbon printing, hessian, sackcloth etc.

Thank you cards

When selecting  thank you cards, consider that you will most probably include a handwritten, personalised message to thank your guest for attending your special day and the gift/s they gave, so ensure there is space available for a personal, heartfelt message.  Make a note of the gifts you received from your guests and make mention of it in your message.  If you were given cash, you do not have to mention the amount, but you can explain what the funds would be used for.  This is the final step of your wedding and a great opportunity to show how much you appreciate your guests, bridesmaids, groomsmen, parents and everyone who made your day special.

Checklist of other stationery items you might need:

  • Engagement Invitation
  • Save-the-date
  • Bridal shower invitations
  • Bridal shower thank you cards
  • Bachelor/Bachelorette Party Invitations
  • Rehearsal Dinner Invitations
  • The Wedding Invitation with envelopes and RSVP card
  • Ceremony programme
  • Tables number cards
  • Menus
  • Thank you card and envelope

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