Wedding Stationary Tips and Ideas

Bridal Education

We live in an amazing age when artists can easily create a company and share their work! With so many selections for wedding stationary, I hope this article helps you!

During Sierra & Ozie Wedding 2019 at Rembert Farms, Alachua, FL, USA. April 27, 2019. Photo: Angela Norton by Angela Norton Photography.

These days you can get your invitations in absolutely almost any shape or style you can dream up. So it can be overwhelming to say the least!

While you have every option of style, color, font, material, shape, you still need to define your vision, and stay in your lane.

Before you choose, you’ll want to be certain of some things. Keeping an inspiration board close by will help you stay on your track, and be true to your vision.

Your inspiration board should contain a color palate along with design ideas. Make sure your inspiration board is in line with your venue capabilities.

Save the Date

During Kirkland Harrison Engagement Session 2019 at Coon Hollo, Micanopy, FL, USA. May 16, 2019. Photo: Angela Norton by Angela Norton Photography.

This is generally where you’ll begin the process. You’ll want to get this in the mail at least six months prior to your wedding, if it is local. If you are planning a destination wedding, at the very least, eight months out is your target.

The details you’ll need to provide are the date, the city and state, and a comment that a formal invitation will be sent soon.

Along with a gorgeous engagement photo, or 5, this is your opportunity to set the tone for your wedding. If your wedding is rustic vs black tie, your guests will get the hint. With that said, you certainly do not have to match your wedding theme or colors. This is a fun way to show your true selves!


During A Wedding Session at Kanapaha Gardens l at Heisler Wedding, Gainesville, FL. 20170624. Photo: Angela Norton

Here’s where you give all the details. Make absolutely sure you provide your guests with date, time, ceremony, and reception addresses.

Your wedding invitations should be mailed out about 6 months prior to the big day. Remember to start planning far before then, because you’ll need time design & proof (probably a few times), as well as printing and shipping.

The invitation can set the tone for the wedding, so you’ll want to try to represent your wedding theme in color and style.


If you’d like to have a simple invitation, but still have details to convey, you’ll want to incorporate inserts. Inserts might include, extra directions, attire instructions, accommodations for out of town guests, wedding hashtags, or a wedding website link.

Choose your words wisely, and have a few people help you proof to make sure everything is clearly stated.

RSVP Cards

Typically you’ll want to know how many guests you need to be prepared for. The RSVP card can provide you with guest name(s), whether they will or won’t attend the wedding, how many will be in their party. Be sure to include a due by date, so you’ll get what you need in time, and a postage paid, addressed return envelope.

Here’s another area where you want a second set of eyes! Check and re-check your dates.


You may have one or two envelopes, depending on your stationary package. The advantage of having two, is that you can write on the inner envelope the names of people you expect to be in your guests party.

Other Wedding Stationary Items to Consider

If you are looking for a very cohesive look, or simply want to get more to-do’s checked off your list, you can have the stationary company go ahead and create products for you! And for as busy bride to be, you may want to really think about.

Ordering ceremony programs, escort and/or place Cards, menu cards, & thank you cards, can save you time, and even money.

Additional Services

You can choose to have a professional do all the writing. Whether you hire a calligrapher, or use printed labels, you’ll want to have your addresses together about 10 months in advance.

Consider ordering a pretty stamp with your return address. From the Save-the-Date to the Thank You card, there is a whole lot of return addressing!

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