Real Wedding Stationery: 2021
What is wedding stationery? This, to me, encompasses anything that gives cues or even direct information your guests need before, during and even after (thank you notes!) your wedding weekend. So your stationery budget might include wedding website fees, save the dates/addressing/postage, invitations/addressing/postage. And anything you need on the wedding weekend, including some or all of these: welcome bag tags, welcome bag notes, welcome signage, ceremony programs, bar signage, seating chart (always list alphabetically by last name. ALWAYS.) or escort cards, place cards, menu cards, cake flavor signage, favor tags or sigange, and possibly even guest book or gift table signage. I’m sure I forgot a few things. And no you don’t have to do everything. But you should do the things that will make your guests’ experience better!
Provençal Farmer’s Market Wedding Stationery
I wish I had more to share from this Provençal Farmer’s Market themed wedding stationery. The save the dates were electronic but the paper invitations were incredible. The welcome sign below gives you the smallest hint as to what a lot of this wedding stationery looked like.
In a moment of creativity, I came up with a vintage seed packet display for the escort cards (cards that tell the guest which table they will find their seat.) The display was sourced by me and made absolutely magical by Holly Chapple Flowers.
Above, each table was named after a fruit, vegetable or herb, and featured that item in the actual centerpiece. The table number was dye-cut with the French and English word, as well as the drawing that was also seen on the escort cards. Below, the menu card doubled as the place card, with each guest’s name at the top, and the menu listed only the entree that the guest pre-selected.
Modern Garden Party Wedding Stationery
I wish I had more images of the stationery from this wedding. The Dandelion Patch made many cool and creative pieces for this invitation suite.
Contemporary Wedding Stationery
Art Deco DC- Themed Wedding Stationery
DC-themed wedding stationery is very popular in this area. We have so many stunning buildings that work well as invitation iconography. And a lot of our wedding guests are coming from out of town and may never have been to DC before, so using a monument image is one way to get them hyped for the wedding weekend. Below, you can never go wrong with renderings of your pets in subtle places at your wedding.
Modern Botanical Wedding Invitation
This client got ready in her own home before the wedding ceremony. And while I’ll always help the photographer (as requested) with a traditional stationery flay lay (above), the colors in the produce that were just sitting in a (very cute) bowl in the kitchen really struck me. How do you feel about the below flat lay? Too weird? Or just interesting enough.
Traditional Magnolia Themed Wedding Stationery
A super classic wedding invitation suite with subtle nods to the bride’s favorite bloom: the magnolia.
Purple and Blue Synth Wave Inspired Wedding Stationery
We worked with Sugar Taylor on this modern wedding stationery set. I had some time on my hands on the morning of the wedding day, so I styled 3 different flat lays for this wedding stationery set. Which one do you like the best? Which one do you think I like the best?
Calligraphy Wedding Invitation
This sweet, mature couple didn’t send invitations to their wedding through the mail, so as a gift to them, I asked Meant To Be Calligraphy to create a single invitation for their wedding day. It paired beautifully with this Rifle pattern.
Creative and Colorful Watercolor and Dye-Cut Wedding Stationery
There is so much to say about this wedding stationery suite. Saima Say Design hit a grand slam with this one. IN my wildest dreams I did not expect it to be even this amazing. We did all the things with this stationery: custom watercolor. Calligraphy. Dye-cut layered pieces. Tri-fold pieces. Vellum wraps with monograms. Gold foil letterpress. It was a dream come true.
Which flat lay do you prefer, above or below? I can’t decide which one I like better.
If you aren’t doing a welcome bag, which is not a requirement at all, you should consider at least a welcome note. This is a great way to remind your guests of the itinery for your wedding weekend, and give you a chance to thank them for coming.
I must brag that the escort card board was my conception, and I couldn’t be happier with how it all came out.
How about this dual-layered, dye-cut signage? Above for the bourbon bar, and below for the table names. I just died when I saw it all.
This menu card. The ombre colors. The dye-cuts. The custom calligraphed name. The gold embellishments. Maybe the best wedding menu card I’ve ever had. Swoon.
Need more wedding stationery inspiration? Check out my 2019 wedding invitation post!