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NEWLY ENGAGED? WHAT WEDDING STATIONERY DO YOU NEED AND TIMINGS?

You’re engaged! Congratulations! Once you’ve celebrated with your loved ones, secured a wedding venue and your wedding date then it’s time to think about your wedding stationery.


You may already have a wedding style in mind, for example boho or a summer garden wedding but it’s fine if you haven’t! I have a curated collection of wedding stationery designs which are a great starting couple to identify the style you like as a couple and I’m here to take the overwhelm out of the wedding stationery.


So, let’s break down what you’ll need and when!


Save the Dates

Your save the date is the first taste of your wedding day that your guests will see and then the wedding invitation will follow up with all the details of what is to come.


Timing wise, I recommend sending your save the dates out around 9-12 months before your big day, especially if you are having a destination wedding. The more your guests know in advance the better so they can make their arrangements and most importantly put your date in their diary!

A wedding save the date with calligraphy in gold foil on black card

Matthew Lawrence


At LouPaper I create wedding stationery designs as part of a collection for a cohesive look and colour from the save the dates all the way through to the on the day signage and stationery. Each wedding stationery set can be customised to the colour palette of your choice and we can change the type of paper and tweak the design too. Browsing the collections on the website is perfect for figuring out the style you like as a couple as a starting point.

The LouPaper Clara wedding stationery collection in a monochrome colour palette with touches of calligraphy and a wax seal. Styled with the bride and groom’s accessories.

Kerry Ann Duffy

 

Wedding Invitation

After your save the date is finished, we start working on the wedding invitation, which contains all the important details your guests need to know ahead of your big day. I design the wedding invitation as a suite to include the invite card, the details card and an RSVP.


Usually the invite card is personalised with the couple’s names in hand drawn calligraphy, the location and the time you would like guests to arrive.

A wedding invitation personalised with modern calligraphy for the couple’s name and wedding venue in black on white card.

Romy Lawrence


The details card contains all the finer details of the day such as the directions to the venue, accommodation and transport details or recommendations and information on the dress code.

A wedding invitation details card with curved edges in burgundy and pale pink, secured with a contemporary clip

Chloe Caldwell


An RSVP card is also included in the wedding invitation suite. This is used for guests to indicate whether they can attend and to inform any dietary requirements. Some couples opt to include a space for guests to include a song choice and/or to include a self-addressed envelope so guests can return the rsvp easily.


There are lots of finishing touches you can add to your wedding stationery too, including a venue illustration, envelope liners and initial monograms. To find out more have a browse here.


Timings for sending the wedding invitation I recommend 6-9 months in advance. Allow yourselves time to collect all the rsvp’s back and time to chase those guests who haven’t yet responded.

A wedding invitation rsvp card on natural paper with a touch of calligraphy

Holly Booth Studio


If you’d like to have a closer look at the card or some of the colours, there are some wedding invitation samples which you can buy on the LouPaper website.


On the Day Wedding Stationery

Around 8 weeks before the wedding day is when we start working on the stationery you’ll need on the wedding day itself. This includes wedding menus, place names, table names or numbers. Plus, any larger wedding signage you would like such as a welcome sign, order of service sign and table plan.

A wedding welcome sign personalised with gold calligraphy on a white background, with a venue illustration, placed on a wooden easel and styled with a large floral arrangement

Matthew Lawrence

A wedding menu on handmade paper designed with calligraphy and a place name personalised in gold on handmade dusky pink paper

Natasha Marshall

A wedding table number personalised with white calligraphy on a teal background with a foliage design in the corners and a curved edge

Lauren Henson


There’s also the option of any bespoke signage such as a large sign with some lyrics or small signage for bespoke cocktails, wedding cake flavours or any other information you would like guests to know. I can personalise pretty much anything! 8 weeks in advance of your wedding day is a good time because you’ll have a good idea of your guest list by then.

A small wedding sign personalised with gold calligraphy for cards and gifts on a pale pink background.

Hannah Macgregor


I design all of the on the day stationery and signage items in the consistent colour palette to match the save the date and wedding invitation from the wedding stationery collection you have chosen.


Personalised Wedding Stationery

I hope these tips help for which wedding stationery items you need to start thinking about once you’re engaged! If you’re looking for more inspiration there’s lots on the LouPaper blog showing how couples have pulled together their wedding style along with their stationery and signage. Or there’s lots of ideas of different stationery styles on my Pinterest account and Instagram account.


Have a look at the curated collection of stationery designs on my website to get a feel for what you like. Or if you had a style in mind and can't find exactly what you're looking for, I can use inspirational images to create stationery completely unique to you, in keeping with the colours and theme of your big day.


Please get in touch here with any questions or if you would like to start a wedding stationery order. I’d love to hear from you!

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