Wedding Invitation Basics
Wedding planning comes hand-in-hand with a lot of meetings - with a lot of different vendors. Deb Hall, owner of Olive Paper, has simplified one of your meetings for you - Stationery and Print materials! Below she provides some great advice on how to prepare for your meeting with your stationer and a few things to think about in advance.
Preparing for your Stationery Meeting:
Newly engaged couples are quickly overwhelmed with a plethora of meetings that are quickly added to an already busy schedule. So many decisions to make … and so many new things to learn. If a planner has been hired, place your trust in the planner. Let them do their job … it will make life so much easier!
I love when couples come into the stationery meeting with “old” invitations saved from their
friend’s weddings or photos that have inspired them. While I have a lot of invitations in the
studio, it helps the bride to think about what she might like or dislike before the meeting.
Pinterest is a good source for inspiration, but like anything on Pinterest - it can be a rabbit hole. I suggest couples keep the word “cohesive” in mind when finding things on Pinterest.
Another item to possibly bring is a swatch of fabric if there’s a specific color the couple wants to pull into the wedding invitation suite. This will help match the wedding color with a Pantone color for printing.
There are several different type of print processes for wedding invitations. A lot of times, the
couple's budget helps narrow the print options down for them. Any good stationer will explain
all options and help narrow down what’s best for the budget.
The next step for designing a wedding invitation suite is to get a better idea of what the couple would like to accomplish with the suite. The basic pieces included are the Wedding Invitation and Response card (with coordinating envelopes). From there other options are: Reception card (if reception is at a different venue than the ceremony) Accommodation card, and possibly even a Welcome Party card or Rehearsal Dinner card. A lot of couples like to also include their wedding website on an enclosure card.
Next comes the fun part … the design! This is where we introduce the style of the wedding. A lot of words that describe weddings could be: traditional, rustic, eclectic, modern, whimsical, classic, timeless, colorful, etc. These adjectives help guide the look and feel of the wedding invitation style as well. Once the invitation suite is designed and printed … the fun details start!
It’s all in the details! Wedding day printed items are my favorite part! This is really where the
couple’s personality shines the most. Anything from bar signs, to koozies, welcome signs and ceremony programs. These are the details that guests will enjoy!
All in all, designing the wedding invitation suite should be a fun and exciting time. My best
piece of advice is to not get stressed out. Enjoy the process and trust in the professionals hired to do their job.
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