The Curator Guide to Wedding Stationery

September 23, 2020

 In the digital age, it’s safe to say that the contents of our letterboxes is usually reduced to bills…and now you mention it, the odd traffic infringement. So, bills. Why not bring out the paper regalia to bid for your guests’ attendance in style?!


Invitations not only tell your guests the how, what, where and when, they also give a great insight into the style and theme of your wedding – with endless opportunities for fun cohesion with seating charts, name cards and on the day styling. Basically, a win for everyone.


Pre-Wedding Stationery


Many couples are still opting to post pre-wedding stationery: save the dates, invitations, RSVP cards, details cards. It goes without saying that you can order to fit your budget. If you are trying to cutdown, then strip the pre-wedding stationery back to just an invitation, and use social/digital for save the dates, RSVPs and details (just don’t forget about your ‘time-honoured’ guests).


Save the Date Etiquette (the Pre-vite)


When to send save the dates: As soon as you’ve locked in the date!


Why: This is a milestone in your planning, so officially announce it and get your guests excited. This will prompt them to start thinking about clearing their schedules for *the event of the year* and arranging logistics (potential time off work, travel, accommodation and childcare if required).


Info to include: Date and city – full details can follow in a formal invitation.


Who (non-negotiable):


(1)  Only people you will actually invite to your wedding. As simple as it sounds, there is nothing more awkward than sending a save the date to someone and then deciding not to actually invite them...a colossal misconduct on the guest scene. It has happened.


(2)  Be specific about who is actually invited to avoid surprise plus ones (whether they be partners that you don’t know or perhaps children that your venue is unable to cater for). Carry this through on the invite too.


Can this be bypassed: Yes, particularly if you are having a brief engagement.


The Invite (it’s official - you can sit with us)


When to send wedding invitations: two – four months before the day.


Why: Heard of herding cats? Rounding up two families and getting quick, straight answers is THE definition. Give yourselves time to follow up with people and sort out RSVPs and the never ending swell of the guest list.


Info to include: Ceremony and Reception venue(s) and address, times, transport information (if applicable), accommodation suggestions particularly if your venue is somewhat remote, how to RSVP (if you’re not sending a response card), day after celebration information, registry details. This is a fair amount of information to include on one card. So that it’s not bogged down with too much writing, consider having separate information cards. Again, a digital/social platform to share the finer details may be helpful here.


Day of Stationery (Reception Stationery)


Think seating plans, table numbers, name cards, menus, order of service cards, thank you cards, signage). Although these things may sound frivolous on paper, they provide important information and order to the day. If you are needing to cut back, ask a friend with the most presentable handwriting to help you prep name cards with a flowing inky pen and small pieces of pretty card. And if signage is a step too far for the spreadsheet, you can slim down here too: the venue will make it clear where the bathrooms are, your guests will work out where the dance floor is pretty quickly, and the bar even faster.

If you're looking to save more than just the date...

Sara from The Ess Letter suggests looking for single sided digital printing and inexpensive card stock. Template designs are also a great way to save and can often be customised through different fonts, colours and imagery to achieve a more personalised look.


Stationer Spotlight


What we love about our vendors: they're adoring of their work (it’s always inspiring to see people that love what they do in action) and they cherish their place in your day. We’re confident that they will go out of their way to ensure the process is seamless and that your guests will parade your invite on their fridges. Turning letter boxes into love boxes is made easy by these creatives.


Creative Box 


Looking for feel good stationery with true heart and soul? Creative Box has an array of preset collections with themes to match any style (think boho, wildflower, summer florals, spring soiree, elegant rustic to name a few…). And trust us, the presets look custom. TCB strives to live and celebrate colourfully, and their homey and upbeat outputs will have your guests beaming with excitement, cheer and verve (NB not Veuve, but you’ll certainly be popping the champagne when you receive your order).  


CB uses locally sourced printing materials, however if you’re wanting to print them yourself, there is always the option to purchase a digital design only. Head over to their website to check out their prices (they are all set out, praise be) plus their optional extras like ribbons, rounded corners, metallic envelopes.


Friends of Friends Design

For the discerning, modern couple after classic, clean and thoughtful designs. Zero fluffy pretention to be found here. Lucy at FOFD has vast design experience in many uber cool disciplines (think wine labels and café fit-outs), so you know you’re in seasoned, sophisticated hands full of design depth. So seasoned, in fact, that you’ll end up with a brand for your day without even realising it.


Hey Lola Design


Gorgeous sass, anyone? HLD wedding invitations will ignite the party as soon as your guests peek through their letterboxes. Straight up fabulous stationery is HLD’s moda operandi, and this is without a doubt what you will get (think a little bit of Uh-huh, honey, Thank You Next and Bye Felicia all rolled into one).


HLD offers five semi-customisable collections, as well as full custom. With collection names like Basic B*itch, Pop the Champagne and Pass the Margarita, how could you not want a little bite of Lola? E-vites (from NZ $40) and wedding websites are on the menu as well as your usual pre-wedding paper regalia.


Let your personalities shine with a little piece of pretty, slimline, letterbox dynamite.


The Ess Letter


Paper romance at it’s finest. The Ess Letter offers classic, minimal yet deluxe wedding stationery designs. Penmanship and calligraphy are the showstoppers here and the little things really do matter. Head designer, Sara, is a former wedding planner so you know she will have all of the details covered (what more could you want in a wedding stationery designer?)


TEL has “ready to post” collections available, full custom, and all the finishing touches you could dream of (wax seals, silk ties, foil stamping, vellum paper wraps (those transparent paper wraps you've seen on Pinterest) if you really want to up the ante) and they even offer envelope addressing so you have one less time consuming job to fit in. Don't just save the date, declare it.


Papier HQ


Set the scene and theme for your day with Papier HQ. Here to help you keep a cohesive look across all of your stationery components with full bodied design oozing with minimal yet playful modernity. Whether you choose mod typography as your hero, or swaths of artistic earthy tones, watercolour flora, or highly instagrammable neutrals and peaches, you’ll achieve a look that’s exclusively yours. Papier HQ also specialise in acrylic signage,  your go-to for modern but timeless welcome signs and seating charts.


TimberWink Studio


Thinking of embarking on DIY wedding invitations? Employ a little help through TimberWink Studio, which has a huge range of editable, high-end and high resolution printable templates. If you have a little time to invest (read: the perfect project for your sister that hasn’t chipped in yet), your budget will reap the rewards.


With every wedding related template you could ever need (and some that you didn’t realise you needed, like envelope printing), you’ll be able to roll out your wedding stationery in fully syncronised style. You can order single templates, sets of 3 or 5 pre-wedding invite items, or go the whole shebang and order the dozen (pre-wedding stationery plus a range of on-the-day stationery). TWS provides huge flexibility to work in with your budget, whilst ensuring you come out with boutique-style designs. Artistic, delicate and lush designs are just a click away.


Templates are sent instantly so you’re in control of the process and printing time. Hop onto their website to see a price comparison…we think you’ll be converted. Of course, if you’ve still got one too many jobs on your planning list, TWS can print for you too. Full custom options are also available if you’re after a personalised approach. TWS will work her magic to capture your preferred style and vision on paper while you focus on what really matters - celebrating love!


Smitten With Love


For the contemporary romantic on a mission to create a precious keepsake in the form of wedding stationery. Smitten With Love’s outputs are overflowing with affection, beauty and craftsmanship; effortless and modern designs, showcasing minimal typographics and touches of delicate hand drawn romance. Luscious, handpicked paper goods and embellishments are of course on tap to help you make an impassioned and memorable statement.


The Paper Gazelle


The artful process of modern calligraphy in all its glory. The super talented Jay at The Paper Gazelle has mastered the skill of hand lettering and has channelled this into wedding stationery: minimal compositions, glorious lettering and hand drawn botanicals and greenery so that you can summons your guests in style. As if that’s not enough, TPG also offers jacket illustration services. Supply your favourite denim or leather/faux leather jacket and TPG will work with you to create a design and hand paint it for you.


Letters by Liddy


Letters by Liddy offers wedding stationery and signage that won’t blow your budget terrifyingly far out of the water. Whether you opt for her range of semi-custom designs or create an entirely bespoke concept, Liddy is there to work with you to bring your ideas to life and make your day that little bit more special. From minimal and monochromatic to complex and colourful, all designs are achievable. Whether you are looking for an invitation, signage or an entire wedding suite, each project is treated with care, consideration and total confidence.

MK Invitations


We all want the most stunning wedding invitations but for most of us, budgets have to come into play. MK Invitations understand this, offering customised suites at a reasonable price. Designer Maera, believes an invitation does more than just inform your guests – it provides a glimpse of what your upcoming wedding will be like, showcases a sneak peek of you and your partner’s style, and gives you a souvenir to hang on to for the rest of your loved-up lives.



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