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WEDDING STATIONERY ETIQUETTE

Are you planning your wedding with the recurring thought in your mind, "I have no idea how this is done, I've never been married before?" We know how you feel, in fact, we were in that exact place recently. It doesn't matter how many weddings you've been to, you'll never understand the details that go into a wedding until you're planning one yourself. I (Cassie) stood at the cake table on my wedding day, while everyone waited for us to cut the cake, whispering to my new husband, "how is this supposed to go?"

Needless to say, weddings are one big, overly detailed event that sometimes makes a bride want to pull her hair out. These posts are our way of serving you our knowledge so that you don't have to feel like an amateur anymore.

Our desire for this journal entry is to inform you of the details you need to think about when you begin your wedding stationery process.


When to send out Save The Dates

6-8 months. Make sure to only send out save the dates to people who will be invited, without a doubt.

When to send out invitations

6-8 weeks. This gives out of town guests plenty of time to make travel arrangements. If it's a destination wedding, give your guests more time by sending them out 3 months ahead of time. We recommend beginning the design process 4-6 weeks prior to the date you'd like to send them out.

How to choose a deadline for RSVPs

2-4 weeks in order to allow enough time to give your head count to the caterer and organize the seating arrangements. 

Invitation Information

Keep it simple. The invitation should only include the host names, the full names of the couple marrying, and the date, time, and location of the ceremony. Do not print extra information on the back of the invitation.

Spell it Out

You should always spell out words, such as, "street", "apartment", or state names. Numerals under 20 should also always be spelled out.

Registry info

You don't want to come off as asking for gifts, therefore we don't advise including your registry information on any stationery you send out. We do however encourage you to have close family and friends spread the word, as well as include these details on your wedding website.

Dress Code

You may include your dress code either in the lower corner of the invitation, on a details card, or on your website. Wording options include: Black Tie, Cocktail Attire, Casual Attire, etc. Whether you include dress code information or not, your invitation suite should reflect the formality of the event through the design and presentation.

Details

Make sure to give your guests all of the information they will need to plan for your wedding. We suggest creating a wedding website as the mobile hub for all of these nitty gritty details, and printing the URL on your small detail card. If you choose to print the URL, make sure to include a list of information they will find on your website to encourage them to visit it. This is an easy way to save money on extra suite pieces, and also make it easy on your guests so that they have access to this information wherever they are. However, if you have a lot of elderly guests, you may want to consider printing all of this additional info on a larger detail card, or multiple cards since they are probably not as technologically savvy.

Plus Ones

It is not required to include a plus one for every single guest you invite. Most guests should know if "and guest" is not after their name, they are not invited to bring a plus one. If you're having an intimate wedding, most guests should understand your reasoning.

Return Addresses

It is customary to include a return address on the back flap of the envelope. This address should be whomever's is designated to receive the response cards. This address should be printed on your response cards as well.

RSVP Postage

You should always include postage on your response cards. If not, you'll risk your guests not sending in their RSVP's due to the inconvenience of having to buy postage.

Thank you notes

Thank you's should be treated with a sense of urgency. Express your true appreciation in a timely manner by sending your gratitude within two weeks of receiving the gift.


We hope this has covered most of your looming questions about the basics of wedding stationery, and as always, feel free to reach out with any additional questions you may have!

Xo,
C+A

p.s. For other tips or insight into wedding stationery & planning, click here and be sure to subscribe to our journal to receive updates straight to your inbox!

 

THE PROCESS BEHIND YOUR WEDDING STATIONERY
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As fellow bride-to-be's we're very familiar with the confusing processes that go into working with each vendor. It's easy to get overwhelmed with multiple contracts, due dates, meetings, and planning details to take care of, but oh boy do we have news for you! We're here to ease your mind and explain how everything works around here so you don't have to worry a bit and you can enjoy your little love-bubble with your fiancé! As our third part of this Wedding Stationery Crash Course, we're going to dive in and tell you about our creative process so that you're never in the dark!

MEETING

First things first, we like to meet you! We usually meet in a coffee shop if you're local (our recent go-to is the newly established Horizon Line Coffee) or if you're located anywhere else in this big ole' world, we'd love to chat with you over Facetime! We're going to want to know all of the details from how you first met to engagement and all of the pretty wedding plans, but this is a very important part of our process! We need to get to know you and your love to the fullest extent to really understand what you're looking for and create beautiful, unique designs that reflect you! Of course we'll collect the fundamental details as well such as guest count, wedding & ceremony location, and your budget. (but we'll get to that later!)

ESTIMATE

After gathering all of these details about you we'll put together an estimate within a week's time of our meeting. We try our best to fit every budget and we always have tricks up our sleeves to save you money while not giving up quality or style!

GATHERING

Once we have received your written approval of our estimate and contract, as well as a 50% deposit we will begin work on gathering elements of your wedding style and putting them into a style board! This process can take up to two weeks. We will then send you this mood board to review and make sure we're on the same page.

DESIGNING

After the mood board is approved we'll officially begin designing your wedding suite! We will then send you up to 3 proofs where you will be asked to approve all designs and check over all wording, grammar, punctuation, and spelling. This entire process can take up to a month.

PRODUCTION

Before sending your suite to print we will ask for the remaining balance to be paid in full. The production process can take up to 3 weeks and depending on if we are hand-addressing or assembling any of your pieces, it could take longer. We will then hand-deliver or ship your wedding pieces to you and anxiously await your wedding day to see our handiwork in action!

Our goal is to be as helpful as possible in this stressful, yet exciting time in your life! If you have any further questions or if you're ready to schedule a meeting with us, shoot us an email at hello@gatheriecreative.com! We hope to help you create the wedding of your dreams!

Xo,

C+A

p.s. For other tips or insight into wedding stationery & planning, click here and be sure to subscribe to our journal to receive updates straight to your inbox!

A CRASH COURSE ON WEDDING STATIONERY PRINTING PROCESSES

Hey there! If you're just joining us, we're doing a crash course on wedding stationery! Last week we covered the basics of creating your stationery timeline. This week we're talking about printing methods! 

One of the most difficult decisions to make when deciding on your wedding stationery is the printing method to use. There is a wide variety of options out there and it's easy to get overwhelmed by the technicalities! Ultimately the printing method you go with will depend on a few things such as your design style, budget, and your stationer. The selection of print methods available varies from stationer to stationer, but we're going to cover the majority of print methods that we personally have available to us, including: digital, letterpress, foil stamp, screen print, blind emboss/deboss, and thermography!

DIGITAL

We personally are lucky enough to have access to digital white, gold, silver, and CMYK (color) printing! This is the most economical option to obtain a classy look and works with almost any design.

  • Works great with photos, watercolor elements, and several color printing

  • Able to easily print front and back

  • Gold, silver, and white options give off a more custom look with only minimally higher printing costs

  • Quicker production time

LETTERPRESS

Letterpress printing is a type of relief printing that uses a printing press. A custom die is made with your design on it. It is then inked and the paper is pressed against it to transfer the ink and create a tactile effect with the slight indentation made from the die. 

  • Gives a beautiful added depth and texture that creates a luxurious effect

  • Longer production time, so keep this in mind when working on your wedding stationery timeline

  • More costly than digital printing methods. It is best when you use one or two colors, as unique dies are required per color and will increase costs

  • Not able to print photographs or large solid areas

  • Because of the indentation on the back created by the die, we recommend only doing single-sided designs

If you're contemplating using letterpress printing for your invitations, we encourage you to  have your invitation piece letter-pressed with the rest of your suite in digital printing as a great way to save money & allow your invitation to stand out!

FOIL STAMP

Foil stamping is the application of metallic foil, most often gold or silver, to paper where a heated die is stamped onto the foil, making it adhere to the surface leaving the design of the die on the paper surface. This printing process is trending right now as many couples are incorporating metallics into their wedding and it is a great way of enhancing the formality of an invitation.

  • Great way to bring a metallic "color" to your overall color scheme

  • Gives every piece a little extra "wow-factor"

  • More costly than digital printing methods

  • Requires a longer production time, so keep this in mind when working on your wedding stationery timeline

SCREEN PRINT

Screen printing uses a woven mesh to support an ink-blocking stencil to create a unique effect. One color is printed at a time and several screens can be used to create a multi-colored design. However, each color used in your designs requires the creation of a unique screen, therefore it can add to the overall cost of the piece. Because the inks are opaque, screen printing can be an excellent choice for creating vibrant colors with light inks on darker papers.

  • Unlike digital printing, ink sits right on the surface of the paper creating a textured, vibrant look!

  • Fine details or delicate text can be lost or broken up. Likewise, large blocks of text can be difficult to print consistently

  • Unable to print on textured or thin papers

  • More costly than digital printing methods

  • Longer production time, so keep this in mind when working on your wedding stationery timeline

BLIND EMBOSS/DEBOSS

Embossing and debossing alters the surface of the paper to create a 3D effect in the form of raised (emboss) or recessed (deboss) areas. This process requires two heated dies, one with your raised design and another with the same design indented. These two dies sandwich the paper to create the impression without ink.

  • Since this process does not use ink you're able to create a clean, modern look with a unique textured effect

  • Using fine details or large blocks of text is not recommended

  • More costly than digital printing methods

  • Longer production time, so keep this in mind when working on your wedding stationery timeline

THERMOGRAPHY

Thermography is a print process that relies on heat to create raised ink that results in an elegant, tactile effect. This process applies a resin powder to the paper to adhere to the ink. After removing the excess powder the piece is heated and dried to create this unique raised effect.

  • You can use most colors as well as gold and silver

  • Cost-effective way to achieve a textured look without the added costs of plate-making

  • best to avoid large, solid areas of color as well as small or thin typography

  • Can be double-sided with only one side thermographed

  • More costly than digital printing methods

  • Longer production time, so keep this in mind when working on your wedding stationery timeline

Goodness, that's a lot of information! However, we believe it's important to understand your options to allow you to make the right decision for your design style and budgetary needs! If you'd like to see more examples of these options, pop over to our Pinterest board! Happy planning!

Xo,

C+A

p.s. For other tips or insight into wedding stationery & planning, click here and be sure to subscribe to our journal to receive updates straight to your inbox!