Looking​ ​at​ ​a​ ​wedding​ ​stationery​ ​checklist​ ​can​ ​be​ ​overwhelming.​ ​Do​ ​you​ ​really​ ​need​ ​all​ ​of​ ​them? The​ ​answer​ ​is​ ​no.​ ​You​ ​can​ ​save​ ​money​ ​by​ ​getting​ ​away​ ​with​​ ​fewer​ ​stationery​ ​pieces. However,​ ​here​ ​are​ ​a​ ​few​ ​you​ ​must​ ​have!

Save​ ​The​ ​Date

Save-the-date​ ​cards​ ​are​ ​essential​ ​for​ ​giving​ ​your​ ​guests​ ​the​ ​first​ ​glimpse​ ​at​ ​your​ ​wedding details.​ ​It​ ​gives​ ​your​ ​guests​ ​who​ ​are​ ​out​ ​of​ ​town​ ​ample​ ​time​ ​to​ ​plan​ ​and​ ​is​ ​necessary​ ​for those​ ​exciting destination​ ​weddings.​

Fun​ ​Fact:​ ​Your​ ​Save-the-date​ ​cards​ ​don’t​ ​HAVE​ ​to​ ​be​ ​as​ ​perfect​ ​as​ ​your​ ​invitations.​ ​Out​ ​of​ ​all stationery​ ​pieces,  ​this​ ​is​ ​the​ ​one​ ​you​ ​can​ ​be​ ​the​ ​most​ ​lenient​ ​with.

The​ ​Wedding​ ​Invitation

The​ ​most​ ​important​ ​of​ ​the​ ​wedding​ ​stationery​ ​-​ ​your​ ​invitation​ ​suite.​ ​This​ ​gives​ ​your​ ​guests​ ​all the​ ​key​ ​information​ ​such​ ​as​ ​the​ ​date,​ ​time,​ ​and​ ​location.​ ​Not​ ​only​ ​is​ ​it​ ​informative,​ ​but it is also​ ​necessary for​ ​RSVP’s,​ ​which​ ​will​ ​make​ ​it​ ​much​ ​easier​ ​to​ ​keep​ ​track​ ​of​ ​your​ ​guest​ ​list.

Fun​ ​Fact:​ ​This​ ​is​ ​where​ you can be the most creative!​ ​Your​ ​wedding​ ​invitations​ ​should​ ​be a​ ​reflection​ ​of​ ​your​ ​color​ ​scheme​ ​and​ ​theme.​ ​Get​ ​creative,​ ​have​ ​fun,​ ​and​ ​put​ ​your​ ​personal touch​ ​on​ ​them.

Directions/Map​ ​Card

This​ ​is​ ​helpful​ ​to​ ​have​ ​but​ ​not​ ​the​ ​most​ ​necessary​ ​of​ paper goods.​ ​However,​ ​your​ ​map​ ​cards will​ ​provide​ ​your​ ​guests​ ​with​ ​all​ ​the​ ​need​ ​to​ ​know​ ​information​ ​on​ ​the​ ​location​ ​of​ ​your​ ​events.​ ​It can​ ​hold​ ​directions,​ ​your​ ​favorite​ ​local​ ​spots,​ ​and​ ​hotel/shuttle​ ​information.

Fun​ ​Fact:​ ​Adding​ ​your​ ​favorite​ ​local​ ​spots​ ​will​ ​give​ ​your​ ​out​ ​of​ ​town​ ​guests​ ​places​ ​to​ ​try​ ​so​ ​they can​ ​see​ why you love the area in which you are holding your special celebration!

Escort​ ​Cards

These​ ​are​ ​the​ ​key​ ​to​ ​​seating​ ​arrangements.​ ​As​ ​guests​ ​enter​ ​your​ ​reception,​ ​they​ ​will​ ​pick​ ​up the​ ​card​ ​with​ ​their​ ​name​ ​and​ ​table​ ​number.​ ​It​ ​is​ ​best​ ​to​ ​designate​ ​seating, so​ ​your​ ​family​ ​and close​ ​friends​ ​get​ ​prioritized​ ​and​ ​aren’t​ ​stuck​ ​in​ ​the​ ​back.

Fun​ ​Fact:​ ​You​ ​have​ ​all​ ​the​ ​power​ ​to​ ​choose​ ​who​ ​sits​ ​where,​ ​whether​ ​you​ ​want​ ​to​ ​put​ ​your matchmaking​ ​skills​ ​to​ ​the​ ​test,​ ​or​ ​simply​ ​keep​ ​close​ ​friends,​ ​work​ ​friends,​ ​and​ ​family​, this​ ​is​ ​your​ ​opportunity.

Thank​ ​You​ ​Cards

This​ ​one​ ​is​ ​pretty​ ​obvious​ ​-​ ​like​ ​any​ ​party​ ​or​ ​event​ ​you​ ​must​ ​thank​ ​your​ ​guests​ ​for​ ​attending. Whether​ ​they​ ​gave​ ​you​ ​a​ ​gift​ ​or​ ​not,​ ​making​ ​the​ ​time​ ​and​ ​taking​ ​the​ ​trip​ ​to​ ​attend​ ​your​ ​ceremony is​ ​something​ ​to​ ​be​ ​grateful​ ​for.

Fun​ ​Fact:​ ​Handwritten​ ​notes​ ​are​ ​more​ ​personal​ ​and​ ​if​ ​you​ ​write​ ​out​ ​each​ ​card​ ​as​ ​you​ ​go through​ ​your​ ​gifts,​ ​you​ ​will​ ​save​ ​time​ ​and​ ​unneeded​ ​stress.​ ​Keep​ ​in​ ​mind​ ​a​ ​time​ ​frame​ ​from when​ ​you​ ​receive​ ​the​ ​gifts​ ​and​ ​your​ ​ceremony; no​ ​one​ ​wants​ ​to​ ​feel​ ​forgotten​ ​with​ ​a​ ​late​ ​thank you​ ​card.

 

Photo by Jenna Alexander