It sets up the tone and theme of your wedding. The first time your guests are introduced to your theme is when they receive your wedding invite / RSVP so you need to plan it well. Don’t stress though. We’re here to get you started.
Choosing your stationery theme
Wedding couples usually decide on their wedding theme about 6 months before their wedding. Often though, they need to send their R.S.V.P.s much earlier. This forces them into thinking “what theme shall we pick?”. They can choose an off-the-shelf design or have it custom made. We generally advise to have a mixture of both. For instance, the wedding theme seen above is around the topic of “travel”. Use it if you both love travelling but introduce something that will make the theme more personal, e.g. if you and your partner always take selfies at famous landmarks, your RSVP / invite could include a selfie of the both of you with the details of your wedding. Off-the-shelf and customised idea at the same time. Genius!
Choose your stationery design agency
If you’ve decided to get married in Poland but are not sure where you should have your stationery done, we advice you choose the place you spend the most of your time in (i.e. the country you live in). Why? If something goes wrong, you can have the stationery reprinted right away. You are also able to communicate with your agency quicker.
If you’re not sure what agency to pick, we’ve listed a few at the bottom of this post (based in England). Generally, make sure that the agency you choose is flexible (can reprint your stationery quickly), can work remotely (is able to send more missing stationery over to you when you’re already out of the country), is responsive (you need to keep in touch with them when something goes wrong).
Plan for it now to avoid disappointment later.
Be minimal with your design
Make sure you list only the most important information about your wedding in your invitations: your and your fiancé’s names, ceremony time and location, the names of your parents, the names of your maid of honour and best man, the dress code (optional) and RSVP information. If you try and fit more stuff in, you risk your guests missing the information that actually matters. A cramped invite would also look unattractive. If there’s anything else you think might be useful, leave it for your wedding website or an informational notes your guests receive after your wedding.
Use the right words
As easy as it sounds, it isn’t. Wording your invitations in the right way is tricky. Traditionally, whoever is the main guest, he/she needs to be listed as first. You can read about some example wording here: The Knot. Customarily, you should be more formal with addressing your invitations to your guests. You can be more informal on the actual invitations. In reality, you decide what you want to be seen as.
Think about costs
Stationery can get pricey. It’s important to compare different agencies or websites that specialise in providing professional wedding stationery.
If you decide to have yours done through a reseller, make sure you speak directly to a person who sells their stuff on there. Why? The reseller charges extra for the stuff sold on their site. If you go directly to a seller, you save a lot of money automatically (you don’t pay any extra fees, etc). Also, the seller is more willing to negotiate the price of their products.
Alternatively, DIY. If you’re crafty (or not) there is plenty of ready-to-use materials you can buy for a fraction of the price. It’s both a great way of making your stationery the exact way you want it and save a lot of money. If you make it with your friends, family or your partner, it would also take less time 🙂