You are engaged! Congratulations!
Stationery will be something you will begin searching for shortly. Stationery is the first glimpse into your wedding day, theme, vibe, color, and formality, it sets the tone for your event and relays all the details to your guests.
Wedding Invitations and stationery products can be overwhelming but they shouldn’t be. This should be a fun and defining moment in your engagement. My number one recommendation is to find a stationery designer. You may think I don’t need one or do want to pay for one but do a little research before you make that decision. I say this because even if you are not ordering a large custom suite there are so many details within your stationery that having someone looking out for you and your fiancé is really important.
A stationery designer will collaborate with you on customizations and concepts to personalize your paper products whether they are custom or semi-custom, ask questions to make sure we have all the information, make recommendations on etiquette, timing, and structure to help organize your stationery. A great designer will give you quality designs, guidance and encourage creativity.
A designer can also add customizable features such as color changes, monograms, pockets, ribbons, wax seals, and more. I also offer full-service options meaning I can print your addresses on your envelopes, assemble, stamp and mail out your invitations directly to your guests. We would email back and forth until it is perfect and I help and guide you through there the entire process.
The other benefit to having a designer is we take pride in learning the vision of a client. With Clove and Cedar, we can create complementary or matching pieces through your wedding day. As a stationery designer, I will work closely with a planner if you have one especially with wedding day stationery products such as place cards and informational details to make sure the process is seamless and correct.
You also will receive proofs of each item before printed to give final approval so you know how it will look and read.
Here are a couple of other tips that can help make the process less stressful and more enjoyable.
DEFINE YOUR WEDDING STYLE AND OR COLORS – Before searching for paper products define your wedding style( this will help give you a more specific direction and narrow down searches, plus it will help a designer create specific elements for your wedding.)
EXTRAS – Always order a few extras. You will want a few extras in case you had a few last-minute add ons or changes. You will also want some as keepsakes and a couple to give your photographer on your wedding day to shoot with your details.
MAKE SURE THEY ARE LEGIBLE – No matter the design make sure they easy to read and are not missing any important details.
KEEP IT SIMPLE – When designing make sure your content is easily found and less is more. Don’t crowd the card. It will take away from the flow and hierarchy of the invitation suite.
ENVELOPE PRINTING – Have a Pro address your envelopes. It will take off the stress and will look cleaner if you have them printed on the envelopes rather than hand addressing them.
STAMPS AND POSTAGE – Take one complete invitation suite in the envelope it will mail into the post office to make sure you’re purchasing the appropriate amount of postage.
If you are unsure about things I highly recommend finding a designer that shares a similar design style as your wedding style.