Brides and grooms, you’re getting married, have sent your Save the Dates and invitations… but are maybe a little lost on what to do next, wedding stationery-wise?
Once you’ve sent out your Save the Date cards and invitations, it’s time to think about all the other stationery you will need for your special day! ‘On the Day’ stationery, as it’s known, encompasses your Order of Service, table plan, table names, menus and placements.
It’s important to carefully plan what you need to communicate to your guests, as it will ensure that your day runs as smoothly as possible, that your hours of planning come to fruition and that you can both RELAX and enjoy yourselves on a day that you’ve been anticipating for months!
1. The Order of Service
In our experience of printing wedding stationery for over 600 couples a year, this is one of the most essential items, and everyone loves to keep it as a memento of the day.
They are usually A5 or A6 in size – the smaller (A6) is becoming increasingly popular as it fits easily into clutches and top pockets. You can use any colour card you like too; traditionally they are white or ivory, but coloured ones are beginning to become popular too!
You can also personalise the cover; traditionally an image of the church has been used, but we are finding couples now using monogrammed initials or incorporating their wedding theme.
2. Your Table PlanIf you are seating your guests, then a table plan is pretty important too. It can be such a fun way to extend your wedding theme and be creative with its design!
Some things to think about: ensure all names are legible; if you’re matchmaking, don’t make it too obvious or have a table of singles; alternate male/female if you can, and try and find a good balance when seating family and friends.
3. Table names
Again, this is a fantastic opportunity to have some fun! The options are infinite – you don’t need to just number them!
We’ve seen many themes in the 40 years we’ve been printing wedding stationery, from meaningful songs, road names, places of significance to you, favourite movies and even names of US states.
Top tip: Remember to ensure that the stands used for holding these names on the tables don’t obscure the text and ruin your design.4. The Menu
It’s up to you whether you print one or two per table, or one per person. You can also use them as a placement, if you want to.
Menus can be as simple or detailed as you wish. We have printed many different styles at Gee Brothers over the years, with most couples choosing to extend the style of their wedding invitations.5. Placements
You can either assign your guests to tables or to seats on tables. But if you are sitting down for your wedding breakfast, research has shown that the majority of guests prefer to know where they are sitting. This also helps with a rush for (the good) seats, you can ensure elderly guests are seated conveniently (and will be able to hear), and you can even do some matchmaking!
If you are using tent-fold cards, write the guest’s name on both sides so that other guests on the table can also read it. Handwritten placements by a calligrapher always look gorgeous!
Remember it’s completely up to you and whatever you decide, planning is the key to enjoying your day! We have a comprehensive and FREE Guide to Wedding Stationery available on our website which is full of advice on wedding wording and more top tips!
Alternatively, you can join Gee Brothers at BoShow Festival this Sunday 14th of May, shop their range of wedding stationery and ask all the questions you have while planning your wedding day under tent and tipi!