The term Wedding Stationery refers to all the different printed pieces for a wedding. Wedding Stationery includes not only the invitation suite, but also the save the date, menus, programs, place cards (also known as escort cards), seating charts, welcome signs, as well as all other printed wedding signage.

Now that you’re engaged, it’s time to figure out which pieces of Wedding Stationery you need.

Save the Date cards have become essential in this fast-paced global world that we find ourselves in. Family and loved ones need plenty of notice of your impending nuptials so they can make travel plans, plan for time off work, and not plan their vacation to somewhere else right at your wedding date. You can send save the dates through the regular mail, or by email. One way or the other, you should send out save the dates. (Unless you’re eloping, and that’s another whole blog waiting to be written.) Save the dates should be sent nine months to a year in advance, so your family and friends have plenty of time to make arrangements.

A Wedding Invitation Suite, more often than not, consists of the invitation, rsvp and a details card (plus envelopes for the invite and rsvp). Sometimes additional cards are needed for details you want your invitees to have. If you’re being married in a church and the reception will be at another property, a Reception Card is necessary to give your guests the name and address of the venue for the reception. Details cards can be added for details like directions, accommodations information, and your wedding website address. More and more couples are opting to have a details card that directs their guests to their wedding website for all other information, helping to limit the number of cards needed in the invitation suite. Invitations should be sent out three to six months before the big day.

Wedding Day printed pieces include menus, programs, place cards, seating charts, welcome signs and other specialty signage. These pieces are usually printed about two weeks before the wedding date.