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Q. What are the dos and don'ts of wedding stationery?
A. Lisa Forde says: Before you start ordering stationery, consider what themes and colour schemes you want at your wedding. From then, you can begin collecting invitation samples to see what you like best. Not only does this mean that you can see the invitations in real life and check out their quality, but you can also try a few different stationers and see what their service is like. I recommend choosing your invites before the rest of your stationery and then matching them accordingly, as you don't want to change your mind on your design halfway through your stationery journey.
Save the dates let everyone know the date of your wedding, and can include a few key details. These are some of the most important pieces of stationery to have as they make wedding planning easier, as well as give guests a sneak peek of your day. If you're having a destination wedding or a wedding in a busy holiday period, you may want to send your save the dates up to a year in advance, allowing guests to book time off work, book hotels and flights, and save money for your big day.
Your invitations are your most important and anticipated pieces of wedding stationery, so make sure you send them with lots of time to spare. Take into consideration the time it will take for your stationers to create and deliver your invites, as well as how long it will take for you to choose, personalise, and send them to guests. Some wedding invitations can be bought as bundles, including guest information and RSVP cards. This makes ordering your stationery super easy with the cards all sharing the same design.
Make sure you include RSVP cards and guest information cards in your invitations. This makes managing your guest list so much easier and will help you plan the next stages of your wedding, such as meals and seating plans. Specifying an RSVP date is essential to getting your replies back and will prevent you from paying for unnecessary things down the line.
Of course, all the extras can be ordered at any time throughout your wedding journey, but we recommend you order these around two months before the big day so that you haven't got so much to worry about at the last minute.
It's hard to imagine life after the wedding, but sending thank you cards is an important final part of the journey so you can thank guests for coming and for any gifts that you received. We recommend sending these a couple of months after the day. This gives you enough time to settle into married life and go on your honeymoon without making guests wait ages for their cards.
Lisa Forde, Tree of Hearts
Setting the tone
Q. What stationery trends will be popular in 2022?
A. Lisa Forde says: It's going to be a big year for the wedding industry. Here are some of my trend predictions: Love stories and romantic literary greats will feature strongly in 2022 wedding trends. With the second series of Bridgerton set to air in March, Regency period fascination will find its way subtly into weddings, with literary-inspired touches and splashes of blue. Think of a quintessentially English cottage aesthetic and regal elegance. Perfect for the traditionalists amongst us.
Many couples are already choosing earthy, natural colour palettes and moving away from the whites and pastels of old. Whether it's grasses, pampas, eucalyptus or simple foliage with minimal petals, it will be a strong trend for the year ahead.
If you're looking to reduce your environmental impact, opt for eco-friendly suppliers and reusable items. Environmentally-friendly stationery and reusable decorations and favours will play a big part, as weddings become a statement of how a couple wants to live in harmony with the environment.
Backyard weddings have been booming the past couple of years, and we expect no changes in that trend. Lockdown made us appreciate our homes, and it was a place many of us felt comfortable and safe during such a turbulent time. With COVID-19 still around for the foreseeable future, home weddings give the comfort of safety to both the couple and guests.
Multisensory elements is a huge trend we're expecting this year where guests can experience a wedding at another level. Think food and drink that doesn't just taste and look good, but feels exciting. How about a venue scented with candles to match scented wedding stationery that has been sprayed with your favourite scents and perfumes? Photo booths, immersive bands and surprise singing waiters are all immersive experiences that we think will continue to be popular.
Lisa Forde, Tree of Hearts
Saving the pennies
Q. We're on a tight budget but still want beautiful stationery. How can we spend our money wisely?
A. Anne Thomas says: When it comes to wedding stationery, there is so much choice available and a variety of prices that it can certainly get overwhelming. Quality is very important as an invitation may look pretty online, but the actual feel of it may not be to your liking. Always do your research and get to know your supplier, talk about options and if they're local, arrange a consultation to see their products first hand.
There are lots of ways to keep within your budget without jeopardising the design and quality. For instance, you could opt for a smooth card instead of a textured version but still have the benefits of a beautiful design. You can choose to have a personalised favour tag that also doubles up as a place name to save spending on both. Printing on both sides of your invite can help limit the number of cards you need, and some stationers have existing collections that can be changed to suit your colours, saving the cost of a bespoke design fee.
Remember that a save-the-date or invitation is a very important part of your wedding journey. It's your guests first taste of what to expect on your big day and should reflect you as a couple. Work with your stationer to get the best you can within your price range.
Anne Thomas, Evelyn and Elliot