Types of Wedding Stationary

May 3, 2013 at 3:38 pm Leave a comment

types of wedding stationaryOne of the most special days in your life is your wedding day, and many couples want to share this day by sending wedding invitations to friends and families. Surprisingly, this is not the only wedding stationary needed for a wedding. Wedding stationary takes many forms including save-the-date cards, invitations, response cards, programs, menus and table cards. Read on to learn about different types of wedding stationary.

Save-the-Date Cards

Let your guests know in advance about your wedding with a save-the-date card, a type of pre-invitation wedding stationary informing guests of the chosen date for your wedding. Save-the-Date cards are sent to your guests about six to twelve months before the actual wedding day. The purpose is to notify guests to keep your wedding date free of other plans. Appearing relatively simple, save-the-date cards generally take the shape of a card, refrigerator magnet or novelty item.

Wedding Invitations

A wedding invitation is a formal request sent by you asking the recipient to attend your wedding ceremony and reception as your guest. It is recommended to mail your wedding invitations eight weeks before your wedding. Wedding invitations usually consists of a folded note card with a tissue to protect the text ink from smudging. They may be formal or informal; the final decision on style and wording is always up to the personal preferences of the marrying couple.

Response Cards

This type of card is also known as the RSVP or ‘reply card’ and is usually included with the formal wedding invitation. Response cards allow your guests to let you know if they will attend your wedding or not. In addition, they may inquire on meal preferences for the reception dinner.

Wedding Programs

Given to guests at your ceremony, wedding programs are a guide to the day’s events listing important information such as the names of the marrying couple, the official date and venue, the names of the wedding party members and the officiant name. Other information that may be listed on a wedding program includes a list of the order of events, special poems or stories, memorials to departed loved ones or requests for guest participation in certain traditions or customs.

Menus and Table Cards

Wedding menus display the meal and drink offerings available at your reception or rehearsal dinner. Often the wedding menu will list the couples names and date at the top of the card followed by a list of appetizers, salads, entrees and desserts. Table cards are also referred to as place cards and are small pieces of stationary placed on tables indicating where guest should be seated.

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