5 things to discuss with your wedding stationer
ONE | guest numbers
Your wedding stationer will need to know how many invitations are required for day and evening guests. Typically, you send one invitation per couple or household. For that reason, the total number of day invitations tends to be just over half the number of guests. Evening is often more than half as, generally speaking, more individual guests are invited - e.g. work colleagues etc.
For example, if you have:
80 day guests, send 40-50 invitations
100 evening guests, send 60-65 invitations
TWO | information
Once you've booked, your stationer will ask for details of your big day and the information required for your invitation:
Date & time
You don't need to include all of the above and you can add in anything else you like, it's personal preference. If you have chosen your wording, great! If not, simply advise if you are looking for a formal or informal vibe and let your stationer do the rest.
THREE | style of invitation
This is the tricky part! With so many different wedding stationery designs, paper types and styles to choose from it can be hard to choose what you'd like. Glass Bulldog's most popular options are detailed below
Double sided A5 or square invitation
information and RSVP email address or website on the back.
Double sided A5 or square invitation with smaller RSVP
The RSVP can cater for multiple guests and include menu choices, transport, dietary requirements etc.
Double sided A5 invitation with tear-off RSVP
The RSVP can cater for multiple guests and include menu choices, transport, dietary requirements etc. When the RSVP is torn off, a square invitation is left.
Double sided A5 invitation with separate information card and RSVP
3 piece wedding bundles are popular. They don't need to be tied but you can if you wish.
Double sided A5 gatefold invitation
This style is A4 when unfolded meaning you can fit lots of information on one piece of card. They can be tied shut with a bow or left as they are.
A6 passport booklet
Booklets don't need to be passport themed. Like the above, you can fit in oodles of information in a booklet.
FOUR | paper type
Paper type plays a big part in the overall look and feel of your invitation. Please ask for samples if you are unsure.
Matt - a smooth matt finish, a popular choice.
Velvet - a soft touch matt card with a super smooth finish. My favourite.
Textured - lightly dented card with a tactile appeal (stag image)
Pearl - a shimmery finish. Extra feminine, works well with pastel tones. (pink image)
Brown card - Perfect for rustic weddings
Foil - for something a little special add foil to your invitation. Available in any colour. (highland cow image)
FIVE | design
Many designers have a range of house designs you can customise, i.e. change the colours and wording of an existing design. You can also go fully bespoke, meaning no-one else will have the same invitation as you.
Think outside the box! If you are unsure what you'd like, consider including something about yourself and what you like. For example, your hobbies, pets, professions, favourite flowers, tv shows, bands, places, colours etc.
One more thing...
Don't be shy about your budget. With so many different options to choose from, there's something for everyone. If I know what your budget is I can work out what fits, it saves heartache in the long run!
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