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Congratulations on your engagement! Now the fun begins! So much work goes into planning a wedding, from choosing your wedding party to sealing the final envelope on your thank you notes. To get you started in the right direction, here's a handy checklist of the stationery and paper goods you will need to order to make your wedding planning, and big day, a success!
Wedding Party and Officiant
After you have chosen your wedding date, you will need to choose who you would like standing next to you at the altar. "Will You?" cards are a great way to ask your best guys and girls to be a part of your special day. Do you have someone in mind that you'd like to officiate your ceremony? Make it official by sending them a heartfelt card requesting they be a part of your wedding in the most significant of ways. These cards not only give you the chance to tell your friends and family how much they mean to you, but give your loved ones a treasured keepsake for years to come.
Would you like a big wedding, or would you like to keep things intimate? After you have decided, it's time to order save-the-dates and wedding invitations letting your guests know when the big day will be and all the details. Traditionally, invitations are sent six to eight weeks before the wedding to give guests ample time to clear their schedules and to make travel arrangements if they need to. For destination weddings, we suggest three months before the wedding date. Save-the-dates are typically sent six to eight months before the ceremony and can include your wedding website. You may also want to send out invitations for a bridal shower, engagement party and rehearsal dinner. A calligrapher may be hired to professionally address all your invitations.
Cards for Family, Wedding Party and Each Other
On the day of your wedding, surprise your family, wedding party and each other with personalized note cards. This is a great way to remind everyone of how important they are to you and to thank them for making your wedding day extra special by sharing it with you!
Ceremony Programs and Reception Menus
Let your guests know what's coming up during the ceremony, along with the names of the members of your wedding party and officiant with ceremony programs. A thank-you note can be included at the bottom or back of each. During the reception, present guests with menus listing what food options are available.
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Escort Cards, Place Cards and Table Numbers
Let your guests know where they will be sitting when they pick up their escort cards near the entrance of your reception. Plus one's can be included on each card. Put place cards at each person's seat, and place table numbers on top of each table so that they can quickly pinpoint their location.
Do you have a signature cocktail that you'll be serving at the reception? Would you like to let guests know where to sign the guest book, what your Instagram hashtag is for the wedding, or to unplug during the ceremony? Order custom signs to keep your guests informed during your wedding. And don't forget the favor tags! Or if you'd like to honor your guests with a donation in lieu of favors, consider ordering donation cards to place at each guest's seat informing them of your contribution.
Post-Wedding Thank You's
Order thank you cards for your guests ahead of time and send them out after your wedding date. And don't forget everyone else who helped make your big day possible. Order custom thank you notes or tip cards for your vendors, photographer and officiant to thank them for helping make your dreams a reality!
We hope this has been a helpful guide as to what types of stationery and paper goods to order for the events leading up to your wedding, for the ceremony and reception and after the big day. Best wishes on this wonderful journey, as you build your new lives together!
Betty Cheung is the Ecommerce Marketing Manager at Marrygrams.com, creating wedding stationery and paper goods for brides and grooms worldwide.