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Browsing for ideas
The idea behind this self initiated project is to take the first step into investigating how to set up my own wedding stationery business post-university. To begin I would like to set realistic and achievable goals I can achieve for this project, therefore this will just be the foundations that I will build on once I have completed my degree.
To begin I will look at other websites that already do this to see how they have set up and what kind of things they offer, I have listed my favourites under the Practitioners section.
Norma & Dorothy
Paperchain Wedding Stationery Eco Wedding Stationery
Not on the High Street
Etsy This would be a good place to start hosting my work onto
Rustic Wedding Invitations
The Card Gallery
Tree of Hearts
The above websites are vastly different in what they offer, in terms of style and quality. This has shown me that it would be ideal if I created a broad range of styles to choose from for instance: eco friendly, rustic, calligraphy inspired, modern, traditional etc.
To continue my search, I have also looked at some advice people have posted online to see how to set up a wedding stationery business:
The above website offers tips such as:
How to set up a business
Business Plan For the Future
Minimum x3 Ranges of wedding Stationery
Before the Wedding
Engagement Party Invitations (Optional)
Be My Bridesmaid Cards (Optional)
Hen Party Invitations (Optional)
Save The Date Cards (Optional)
Save the Date cards are perfect for couples who need to give their guests advance notice of the wedding, particularly useful if you are getting married abroad or are inviting guests from abroad so they may begin to make travel plans.
Wedding Invitation Set
Invitations are the most important piece of your wedding stationery. They invite your guests to your wedding ceremony and the following reception and inform them of the date, time etc.
RSVP Cards (Wedding Acceptance/Wedding Regret/Response Cards)
Direction Information (Maps & Accommodation Information)
Maps and direction information is useful to help out of town guests with the location of your church/ceremony venue and reception venue. Accommodation information contains contact details and web references for local hotels or B&B’s for guests who may require it.
Evening Invitations/ Afters Invites
Wedding Events Itinerary Insert (Optional)
This card lets the guests know if there are other activities planned prior to or following the wedding ceremony and reception, such as a welcome party, a dinner the night before, or a second day bbq. Particularly useful for a 2 or 3 day wedding, or if the wedding location is far from home/abroad.
Order of Service/Ceremony Booklet
The order of service/ceremony booklet is used for the wedding service and contains the names of the bridal party, name of the officiant, the plan and songs, music etc. These differ greatly between various religions and can also be used for civil ceremonies.
Additional information could be added to make the program more personal to the day such as quotes or poems, bios of the bridal party, “in memory of” tributes to loved ones who have passed on, or a thank you to the parents and guests.
The Wedding Program/Reception Programme (Optional)
This informs guests of how the evening/reception will unfold from the meal to the speeches that will be made, the cutting of the cake and the first dance. At Irish weddings this isn’t very usual, but sometimes is written as a blackboard sign. Helpful if you have lots of things planned, or a venue with many rooms.
Seating Plan/Table Plan
Seating or table plans are on display at entrance of the reception area and show your guests a plan of the table layouts so they can easily find their seat. These can correspond with the place cards or escort cards and the table numbers (names).
Place cards are placed at the seat of each guest and inform him or her where to sit. These can form part of a favour left for each guest.
Escort Cards (Optional)
The same idea as placecards, escort cards are more usual in the US, but allow more creativity than placecards so are starting to be seen at Irish weddings. They are used to assign each guest to their seat at the wedding reception. This can correspond with the table/seating plan.
Table Numbers/Table Names
Placed on each table, table numbers or names are used to identify the table to your guests, so that when they pick up their escort card, they can immediately recognize the table card that matches it.
The Menu Card informs the guests of the meal ahead. It can contain the food options or the set menu and choices for those with dietary restrictions. They are not essential for a buffet or if you are having a relatively short wedding reception with appetisers.
Wishing Tree Tags
Wedding Guest Book
Wedding Favour Tags
Sweet Buffet Tags/Labels
Signage ( this can indicate buffet choices, drinks choices, men’s and ladies’ rooms -basically any spot you can think to customize)
Wedding Stationery for After the Wedding
Thank You Cards
Thank you cards are sent to your guests shortly after the wedding, thanking them for their gift and for attending your wedding. Thank you cards are also used to thank bridesmaids, flowergirls and the host of your hen party.
To announce the couples marriage to family and friends if couple have a small intimate ceremony or elope.
Change of Address Cards (Optional)
Change of address cards can be useful if the bride or groom has changed their residence following the wedding.
Before the Wedding
Engagement party invitation
Bridal shower invitation
Bridal shower thank-you cards
Bachelor/bacherlorette party invitation
Rehearsal dinner invitation
Welcome dinner invitation
The Wedding Invitation
Reception card (if held at a different location than the ceremony)
Response card and self-addressed stamped envelope
Hotel accommodations card
At the Wedding
Welcome basket tag
Pew cards or “reserved” seating cards
Table number cards
After the Wedding
Place name cards
Favour Boxes / Stickers for jars
Cake Boxes / Bags
Save the date:
4-6 months before wedding (Save the date cards aren’t necessary for evening guests)
6-8 months before wedding (if abroad or during summer / christmas holidays)
2-3 months before wedding
3-4 months before wedding if abroad or during summer / christmas holidays
Send Day and Eve at the same time
Plus one rules
Link to Bride and Groom’s Website
Reception Card: (If wedding is in a different place)
Documentation of working process
Wedding Stationery Set 1:
Wedding Stationery Set 2:
Wedding Stationery Set 3: