Many of you may not know what a wedding stationery portfolio is, which of course would explain why you’re reading this post, right? Well, a wedding stationery portfolio is just a couple of fancy words we use to describe all of the paperie created and used for the communications around your wedding event that are sent to your guests.
So to make things easier for you, I’ve listed what items should be in your portfolio, along with when they should be mailed.
Your Wedding Stationery Portfolio Should Include:
Most engagements are announced in your local newspaper by submitting your engagement details directly to the paper. But, you can also design and mail engagement announcements to family and close friends. Your engagement announcement should include both your names and the date you got engaged. If you’re having an engagement party, you can include your announcement as an insert within your guests’ engagement party invitations.
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The Save the Date cards are your first and most important communication surrounding your wedding event. Save the Date cards are commonly used to communicate to your guests your wedding date so they will know not not make any plans on that date so as to be in attendance. Save the Dates are typically sent 6 – 9 months before your wedding date.
This is of course, the most important of all your wedding event communications. The Wedding Invitation is the formal communication to let your family and friends know they are invited as guests to your wedding. The Wedding Invitation Suite typically consists of:
- Wedding Invitation
- RSVP Cards
- Reception Cards
- Outer envelope: (Wedding Invitation)
- Inner envelope: (RSVP card with pre-paid postage included for guests’ easy return)
- Inner envelope (Reception card)
- Inner Envelope (Reception Card)
You should order your wedding invitations four to six months before the wedding and mail them out two to three months before the wedding.
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This card allows your guests to respond to your wedding invite to inform you if they will (or won’t) be able to make your wedding. You should order them along with your wedding invitations and include them when mailed. The RSVP (or Response) Card has a dual purpose: It informs your guest who you expected to come and is returned to you indicating such. For example, the card might say “Ms. Smith and Guest”, or “Mr. Jones and Family”, indicating they are allowed to bring a guest or the rest of their family. If your card is addressed to just one person (i.e. it only says “Mr. Jones”), then that informs your guest only they are invited without a “plus one”.
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The Reception card informs your guests where your reception will be held and includes directions to your venue. Reception cards are required especially if you are inviting some guests to the ceremony but not the reception. You should order your reception cards when purchasing your wedding invitations and mail them with your invitations.
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Table Numbers are used at the reception to identify each table. The numbers serve to guide your guests to their correct table for seating. You can order table numbers once you and/or your caterer/venue determine how many tables you’ll need based on your guest list, floor plan, and table shape and size.
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The Wedding Menu, like a regular food menu, is used to inform guests of which meals will be served and in which order they will be served at your wedding reception. You can order your wedding menu once you finalize your food selections for your reception dinner.
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