Wedding Advice Wednesday: Stationery Suites 101

Wedding Advice Wednesday: Stationery Suites 101

There is something special and incredibly exciting about receiving an invitation in the mail. The tangibility of it makes the occasion seem more special and makes the guest feel more valued. But your stationery suite is more than an invitation; it’s the first glimpse your guests will have of your wedding day and all the details that come along with it. Here we give a 101 on Stationery Suites.

From: Modern Vintage at the Vineyard Styled Shoot; Created by: Jessica Bonestroo Photography 

First things first – remember that information is the most important thing. There are a number of details and additions you can include in your invitation: 

  • RSVP card & envelope 
  • Travel & hotel information 
  • Map of your venue & surrounding area 
  • Your wedding website address

Aside from just these details, take into consideration the fonts, scale and balance. You don’t want to overpower your invitation with beautiful watercolor flowers and then have the information details squished at the bottom, in tiny font, that no one can read. Instead, do it right like Megan + Roman did with their Peach and Teal Wedding invitations. Created by: Total Choice 

Now, make it personal. This doesn’t necessarily mean expensive!

You can make it personal by the wording you choose; speak with your own voice. Here’s an idea: on one side, invite guests in your own words while on the other side, let your spouse invite guests in their own words. Because the language will illustrate each of you, your guests will get a kick out of reading their invite; they will literally be able to imagine your voices as they read! To add a touch of tradition, for example, Ellen + Austin had their parents invite their guests to their Sweet and Simple Barn Wedding.

Finally, make an entrance. 

Will your guests be transported to a charming, rustic bohemian’s dream? Or to a romantic afternoon at a winery in a wash of brilliant pastel? Your invitation should communicate the style of your celebration that will unfold at the event, even before your guests read the words on the page! Ultimately your invitation is the first hint at what is coming; based on what colors you choose, the size of the invitation and shape. Here’s a hint: an invitation doesn’t just have to be visual, what’s the texture of your invite? Perhaps it’s etched into wood or calligraphy on handmade cotton paper. Chanelle + Nik’s invitations use colorful florals which hints that their celebration may just be a Backyard Summer Wedding. 

Created by: Minted

To sum up our advice on creating stationaries: explore for a while. There’s a plethora of magical printing processes and techniques, paper choices, font styles, colors, templates and overall designs. Let your invitation tell your story and have quirks that are just as unique as you are. 

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