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A guide to wedding stationery & invitations

wedding invitation idea eco friendlyI wonder how many of you brides and grooms out there started the month a day or two ago with a resounding rallying cry of, “Right!” If you’re marrying in 2012, it’s time to get stuck into your planning, and especially time to think about wedding invitations. And if my inbox is anything to go by, plenty of you are investigating your options for stationery already! So I welcomed this guest blog post from Confetti with open arms. I hope you find it useful!

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Ok, you’ve set the date, what’s next? Well, this is where it starts to get really exciting. This is your chance to tell the world, (or your friends and family at least) by inviting them to the big day! Your wedding stationery is the first glimpse your guests will get of your wedding day style, so it’s important to make a good first impression.

When to send?

Timing is critical. People lead such busy lives these days that perhaps you shouldn’t be surprised if sending out invitations just a few weeks before the event results in a postman’s sack full of “Sorry we won’t be attending” replies. To make sure that your nearest and dearest are all present on the big day, sending out save the date cards around 6 months before the wedding is a great idea. If you are holding your wedding abroad or during a popular holiday period, it would be wise to get them in the post even earlier.

Personalised wedding stationery

As the cost of printing has fallen over the past several years, personalised stationery has become hugely popular. It’s the perfect way of putting your own stamp on your wedding with the minimum of effort.

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There is a huge range of personalised stationery available, however the quality of design is just as large. English Wedding has some wonderful examples of beautiful wedding stationery so take a look around to find something suitable for you.

Advantages of using personalised stationery

  • Saves you time and effort – it’s easy to order personalised stationery online so all the work is done for you
  • The choice is endless so you can choose your favourite design and font, creating a unique style which is personal to you
  • You can mix and match with DIY wedding stationery – you could have personalised invitations, for example, but create your own place cards

DIY wedding stationery

Creating your own wedding stationery is a time-consuming process which can either become a hugely enjoyable part of your wedding preparation, or a major regret. It’s a very hands-on approach, but lets you design something perfectly suited to your day. Receiving a handmade invitation feels much more personal and special. It’s a wonderful gesture, but it’s crucial to plan each step through before starting.

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Make sure you’ve got time. For example if you’re having a small wedding and you’re planning well ahead of time, DIY stationery could be the perfect choice. If, however, you’re inviting hundreds of guests and only have a couple of months before your wedding day, you’re almost certainly going to be better off with a personalised range. It’s just not worth the stress!

Advantages of DIY wedding stationery

  • Perfect if you want to show off your creativity and use your artistic skills to create completely unique stationery
  • Creating your own stationery can be great fun. Evenings spent with bridesmaids making cards can be one of the highlights of planning your wedding
  • DIY stationery tends to be less expensive

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Whichever style and type you go for, stationery is such a huge part of your wedding day it’s worth getting absolutely right. Give your guests something to get excited about with your invitations and follow the style through to your menus and place cards for extra effect. The effort will be worth it.

Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.



  • Julie Boyd
    8 years ago

    Nice article Claire. I would recommend sending out save the dates 9 – 12 months before the event if the wedding is during the holiday season. Invitations can go out 4 – 5 months before a wedding. Guests can be slow to reply. If you send early enough with an RSVP date, you will know how many will be attending. Not everyone will be able to attend, so you may have a few “sorry we can’t attend your wedding replies”
    This still gives time to invite anyone that maybe on your reserve guest list. Once the replies are in, there is the “on the day” table stationery to organise.

  • Blush Rose
    8 years ago

    I love the samples youe have pictured here.. In Manchester I have only come across very few wedding suppliers that produce fabulous designs.
    It is sure an art form but even though I work with Wedding flowers I havent got the patience to work with bits of paper so I will keep to being a florist for now…

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