When thinking about your wedding stationary, it’s always a smart idea to put together a list of all the printed elements you’ll need. This will help you keep track of just how much you are spending and keep your budget on track. You my not need or want to include all of the paper elements that are traditionally used, figure out which pieces are essential to you and which ones you may not need. To help you with this process I have put together a wedding stationary checklist. Keep in mind, though, that a vast majority of these elements are optional, you can also opt to have these done as a DIY project (a simple design program and have them printed) Many aspects can mailed electronically if you choose to do so.

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Before the Wedding

  • Engagement party invitation
  • Save the Date cards (these could be done electronically)
  • Bridal shower invitation
  • Bridal shower thank-you cards
  • Jack and Jill Invitation
  • Jack and Jill thank-you cards
  • Bachelor/bacherlorette party invitation
  • Rehearsal Dinner invitation

The Wedding Invitation

  • Outer envelope
  • Inner envelope
  • Belly band
  • Invitation card
  • Reception card (if held at a different location than the ceremony)
  • Directions or Map Card
  • Response card and self-addressed stamped envelope
  • Travel Information / Hotel accommodations card

At the Wedding

  • Ceremony program
  • Pew cards or “reserved” seating cards
  • Escort Cards
  • Table number cards
  • Menu
  • Favor tags

After the Wedding

  • Thank-you cards

Keep in mind that if you choose to have all of these aspects in printed hard copy you will need to factor in the costs of postage. I often suggest to my clients if it is at all possible, try to hand deliver as many of your invitations as possible to save on the cost of postage as these costs can add up quite quickly.