When couples are planning their wedding, invitations are the focus of the paper goods discussion, but don’t forget about your day-of items! Your wedding day stationery will serve as a vital part of your wedding day aesthetic, not to mention all the important information these items will provide your guests. From programs to favor tags, I have compiled a list of all the wedding stationery you will need for your big day.
Programs are informative and give guests an idea of what to expect throughout the ceremony. Guests enjoy reading up on your ceremonial details while waiting for the event to begin. This essential paper good details the names of the bridal party, readings, a listing of music, poems, a note of thanks to the guests, and, if desired a memorial. If your wedding is traditional or formal, you may prefer to stick to the basic elements of a program, though you can get really creative with this piece.
Escort Cards or Seating Chart
Usually positioned near the entrance of the reception location, escort cards feature guests’ names and corresponding table numbers, so they know which table they will be sitting at during the reception. If you wish to forgo escort cards altogether, a seating chart is another option I offer. Seating charts detail each guest’s name and table assignment on a sizable stylish sign that would be positioned in an easily accessible area at the reception.
Once guests determine their table assignment from either an escort card or a seating chart, table numbers make it easy for guests to locate their designated table at the reception. You may opt to keep it simple with classic number assignments or incorporate a logo or symbol of special significance to you and your partner.
Place cards are used when seating arrangements are assigned at the reception. Place cards are an ideal choice for formal weddings when plated dinners will be served according to the guest’s meal choice, which is also often noted on the place card in some fashion. I recommend using place cards in conjunction with escort cards or a seating chart.
Whether you are serving a buffet-style meal or a seated dinner, guests appreciate you sharing the specifics of the dinner that will be served at your reception. Even when guests pre-select their meal choice, it’s not uncommon for them to forget which meal option they decided on months beforehand. Menus can be provided to each individual guest, each table, or a positioned at each buffet station.
Decorative wedding signs may be used in multiple different ways throughout your big day.
Much like the dinner menus, guests typically want to know what libations are on the drink menu. Position two framed drink menus at either end of the bar to include either the alcohol options available or feature the signature cocktail names and details.
A welcome sign is a beautiful way to greet guests as they arrive at your ceremony and reception. Welcome signs often feature the couple’s names, wedding date, and a welcoming greeting.
Creating a unique wedding hashtag and displaying it to your guests is a great way to get them involved in capturing the excitement of your wedding and sharing it on social media where you can look back and enjoy reliving your special day. Feature your wedding hashtag on a sign near the guest book or welcome sign and around the bar areas where guests are sure to notice it while they mingle.
Make your wedding favors stand out with personalized favor tags that feature the names of the couple, the wedding date, and a note of thanks or an adorable pun that reflects the favor. Little details such as this make all the difference to your guests.
While everyone’s wedding will be unique in its own way, carefully coordinated wedding day stationery will delight guests with its designs and details, while keeping them informed throughout your wedding day events.
photo by // Tim & Kylee Photography