Designing your own wedding stationery is one of the planning jobs that is stress-free and a lot of fun. However, it will take some time to design them well and this is a job that you might choose to do with your bridesmaids or maid of honour. Don’t be afraid to get creative with your designs and it is a good idea to ensure all of your stationery has a similar style to ensure that it works well together as an entire collection.
This means you will need to work on a design that will look good on all of the following:
- Thank you notes
- RSVP cards
- The food menus
- Order of service cards
- Table/seating cards
You can use colours that match the colour scheme of your wedding and you can play around with different shades of one colour on different pieces of stationery. For example, your invitations can be pale pink, your thank you notes a medium shade of pink and your order of service cards can be a dark pink and so on.
You will need to think about what style of text you use on all of your stationery and websites such asPure Invitation stock everything you need to get creative with your wedding planning. Handy companies like this will be able to give you tips about how you can design all of the above wedding stationery to ensure they complement your big day.
Wedding invitations, thank you notes & RSVP cards
All of these items look great when they feature an image. This might be a photo printed onto the card or a hand drawn picture and it gives your guests a nice visual.
Here are some ideas about the different types of images you might want to consider using:
- A photo of you and your partner
- A fun cartoon image that represents a love story
- Pictures of romantic imagery such as flowers or hearts
You will need to make sure all of the relevant information always appears on all of the individual pieces of wedding stationery, such as the venue, date and time on the wedding invitations and the names of people on the RSVP cards.
Food menus & order of service cards
These will be all about giving people the information they need about the meals that will be served and as such, they are usually fairly simple in their design.
Here are some easy ways to add a sense of style to your menus without cluttering them up:
- Use small ribbons for decoration
- Use a small image of a heart or flower somewhere on the menu
- Give the menu a coloured border
You should section off your menus so that they feature starters, mains and desserts plus a description of each meal.
Similarly, the order of service cards should also be simple in their design, as their primary role is to provide your guests with information about what they can expect to happen and when during the wedding. This means the design can be kept humble and unassuming but that doesn’t mean they need to be boring. Add a small metal love heart to the front to give it a unique appearance or stick a small bow onto the corner of each card.
The place cards will need to have everyone’s name on, so that they know where they are supposed to sit. Having a seating plan will help your waiting staff to know who is sitting where, so they will hand out the correct meals to everyone. This is why it is important to have place cards and while they each need to have one name on, they should also be very attractive to look at as they will be on all of the tables making them extremely noticeable.
Here are a few ideas about how you can be creative when designing your place cards:
- Use a different font for cards on different tables such as a fun, quirky font on the kids table and a bold font on your parent’s table and so on
- Use a different shade of the same colour on each table, so every table has a unique colour scheme to it
- Give every other card a noticeably different colour, with men getting a dark shade and women a lighter shade
You can use glitter as decoration or small beads and you can even use small images on your place cards as these are particularly versatile pieces of wedding stationery.
Another item that you should get creative with are the envelopes. You can fill them with all kinds of fun things or you can decorate the exterior to make them stand out.
Check out these great ideas about how to jazz up your envelopes:
- Put glitter inside
- Fill them with confetti
- Place a seal over the back such as a wax heart
- Use romantic imagery on the front and back side such as hearts, flowers or kisses
Envelopes can be used for a multitude of things at a wedding including:
- RSVP cards
- Table place cards
- Thank you notes
The envelope will play a big part in how impressive a lot of your wedding stationery initially looks because it is the first thing that your guests will see. If the envelope to the invitations looks beautiful, they will be prepared to have a great time at your wedding even before they have looked at the invitations.
When you are designing your wedding stationery, the idea is to ensure that it complements your entire wedding day. Use the same colours and shades as the colour of your bridesmaid dresses or flowers, and always print out one of everything before you get them all printed out to make sure that they look great together as a collection. Designing your own stationery will ensure it has a personal feel to it and this is important when planning a wedding, no matter how big or small it is.