Most people have no idea what goes into creating a one-of-a-kind wedding stationery ensemble. I will try to make this an interesting multi-part series about creating a bespoke stationery wardrobe from save the dates to thank you notes.

Your made-to-measure bridal stationery ensemble starts with a conversation. Ideally this happens in person but a phone call can work as well.

The process starts by sitting down with the bride or the couple and just talking for a while, an hour or two on average. Outside of the basic when and where wedding info, I want to get to know them: how they met, what they like, where they work and what they do in their spare time. I encourage clients to bring whatever they have that I can use to create a one-of-a-kind stationery ensemble. Please bring any inspiration pieces you’ve collected: magazines, poetry, fabric swatches, music, colors, floral ideas. If possible also arrive with:

  • Wedding date and information about your location
  • The number of invitations you will need.
  • A sense of what we will be working on. Invitations only? Engagement announcements? Programs?
  • How many do you need? How would you like it worded? When is the RSVP date and where should they be sent?
  • Your stationery budget

If you’re unsure about any of this, don’t worry. Whether you have a strong idea of what you want or just an inkling of inspiration, we’ll work together to create an ensemble that is distinctly yours.

More time is always better when it comes to ordering your bespoke bridal stationery.

Design should begin as soon as you have a firm date and at least 8 months before your wedding.
Mail 6-8 months before your wedding date.
Mail a year in advance if your wedding is near or on a major holiday or requires extended travel for your guests.

Design should begin no later than 6 months before your wedding date.
Mail 6-8 weeks before your wedding. Mail your invitations 10 or more weeks before if you have a large number of international addresses.

We can begin the design for your Programs, Menus, Favor Tags, etc. once we have finalized your invitation design.

Next week, I’ll be talking about all the pieces of stationery to choose from and which ones you really need.

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