What wedding stationery do I need for my reception ?

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Indian wedding table numbers purple gold

Picking the venue, food, linens, entertainment and flowers often come to mind when planning your wedding reception. It’s so easy to forget about reception stationery, or hard to fully think through what you might need.

Here’s a handy guide to wedding reception stationery. You can use this list as a starting place and let your ideas flow.

Lotus place cards purple and teal Seating Cards. These are more typically escort cards which include the guest or couple name and the table where they are seated. Place cards, on the other hand, simply list the guest name and are placed at the table where the guest sits. The use of place cards is seen more with smaller weddings. But more formal or lavish weddings may use both escort cards and place cards.

Seating Chart. A seating chart may take the place of seating cards or be used with place cards. A chart can be a poster-sized design with the name and table of each guest, or a series of smaller cards. Charts can be listed by name, usually the last name, or by table. Listing by name is easier on your guests, especially for weddings with more than 6 tables.

Menus. These may be provided by the catering company or your venue. But you can also supply your own if you want to match other wedding stationery or your venue decor. Menus typically list the couple’s name, wedding date and dinner or buffet menu items. They can be provided at each place setting or displayed 1 or 2 for the table.

Moroccan table numbers Table Numbers. You can really have fun with these. Table numbers can be numbers, words, favorite book titles, etc. The possibilities are endless. And since they are on every table, you can use them to tell a story, or start dinner conversation. One of our couples included names of cities they had been to together with a personal travel story on each table number.

Alternative Guest Book. If you are looking to go beyond the traditional guest book, you may decide to use stationery that guests can sign during your reception. These can include wish tags or postcards. One of our couples had guests write notes on postcards that matched their invitations, and the maid of honor mailed them to the couple throughout their first year of marriage.

wedding favor tag with ribbon Favor or Gift Tags. These can be as simple as labels or tags attached to your favors. Couples often include their names and the wedding at least. However a personal note of thanks can make your favor even more special.

Directional Signs. Where is this reception exactly? If your reception isn’t right next to the wedding revenue, consider using larger signs to send guests in the right direction. This may also be a good idea for slightly out of the way wedding venues or parking.

Banners. These signs of love are great for the reception, and look wonderful in pictures. Like table numbers, banners can also be different. Feel free to be fun, cheeky or sweet. In addition to “Just Married”, you can do your names or romantic phrases, like “Love is in the Air”.

buffet or dessert table cards Buffet Cards. Let your guests easily see the name and what’s in a buffet dish. Larger buffet cards may include detailed ingredients, especially important for potential allergens or for people who have dietary restrictions. Coordinating cards are also perfect for a dessert table.

Bar Signs. Bar signs are great if you have a specific bar menu or signature drink to highlight. These can be tent cards that match the rest of your reception stationery, panel cards in a frame, or even mini chalkboard signs.

Instructional Signs. These can be framed or tented 5×7, 8×10 or larger signs for guest book instructions, welcome, gift table, photo booth or other activities you may have during your reception. For example, coordinating signs at a beach wedding may direct guests to flip flops, water bottles or hand held fans.

just married chair sign Chair Signs. Some couples use chair signs to say, Mr. and Mrs., or to include their new last names. But they can also say “just married”, “sweethearts”, nicknames or anything else you can think of that matches the theme of your wedding or something meaningful to you.

Reserved Cards. These signs can be as small as seating cards or larger like table numbers to let guests know that a certain table or place setting is reserved.

Are there other stationery or design pieces you are including in your wedding reception?

 

{Written by imbueyouido.com, the blog of Imbue You. Photos by Imbue You Wedding. For more wedding stationery advice, get our free Wedding Style Guide. }

 

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How to Choose the Right Wedding Invitations for Your Wedding Theme

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Imbue You purple red gold indian wedding invitation wrap

The increase in wedding invitation design and designers is great for couples, making it possible to find something uniquely you. But with more choices, come more options that can seem to be overwhelming.  So here are 5 ways to cut through wedding invitation designs and focus on what is right for your wedding and your personality:

1. How to Choose a Wedding Theme That’s Meaningful to You

white cameo handmade bridal bouquet Meaningful wedding invitations start with meaningful wedding themes. And the best wedding themes are built on a few powerful ideas. So it’s really important as you are thinking through your wedding ideas that you focus on 2 to 3 central ideas to build your wedding around.

Get this right, and you’ll be amazed at how much easier it will be to make design decisions, communicate what you want with your wedding vendors and ultimately have the experience you want on your wedding day.

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2. How to Show Your Personality With Your Invitations

Mexican Tile Wedding Invitation When your wedding is full of carefully selected lovely details, your wedding invitations should also be a reflection of you. I want to show you how to create wedding invitations that showcase the personalities of you and your future spouse…and the wedding you are having.

These design tips work best when your wedding is also a reflection of your personalities, since your invitations should also match your wedding!

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3. How to Blend Cultures on Your Wedding Invitations

blend cultures fusion wedding Figuring out how to celebrate your heritage on your wedding invitations or stationery can be a challenge. Add another culture and it can seem even more puzzling. But it’s so worth it! And you’ll have a truly meaningful wedding that you and your family and friends will treasure. All you need are some tips for pulling it off.

Before you can share your cultures you’ll have to choose the most meaningful elements for you.

Everyone sees culture a little differently, even people of the same heritage. What do the cultures you are blending mean to you? What do they mean to your future spouse…and maybe even to your parents and future in-laws if they have a say? What are the sights, sounds, tastes and colors that go with that?

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4. How to Use Your Color Palette on Your Wedding Invitations

red teal yellow Mexican wedding invitation It’s not uncommon for weddings to feature 4 to 6 colors in a wedding palette. So I often get the question: “How do I take all of these colors and use them on my wedding invitation.”

And more often than not, my answer is you don’t.

Having a rich color palette is perfect for your wedding day. You have a ceremony site, reception venue, dresses, suits, shoes, flowers, stationery …so many items to take the various parts of your color palette and bring it life.

But invitations are one item (or a small collection of items). And using all of your colors in a small space may not set the mood you want.

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5. How to Match Your Invitation Wording to Your Wedding

booklet wedding invitation imbue you As one of the first ways that guests experience your wedding, invitations are important for setting the tone guests should expect. And one of the best ways to do that is through your wording.

In other words, if you want guests to know what type of wedding you are having, it can be literally written on your invitation with your wording.

This is the easiest way to communicate how formal or casual your wedding is. For formal weddings, write out the date and time of your wedding. More casual weddings can use numbers instead.

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For more information and step by step advice on getting your personality in your invitations, download our free styleguide: 7 Designer Secrets for Meaningful and Memorable Wedding Invitations.

{Photo credits: Invitations by Imbue You Wedding; Cameo Bridal Bouquet by Hair Bows Wonderworld photo by Monkeygraphy; Couple photo by Micheal Kent Photography}

Written by imbueyouido.com, the blog of Imbue You and Imbue You Wedding. Thanks for reading!

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How to Match Your Invitation Wording to Your Wedding

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As one of the first ways that guests experience your wedding, invitations are important for setting the tone guests should expect. And one of the best ways to do that is through your wording.

In other words, if you want guests to know what type of wedding you are having, it can be literally written on your invitation with your wording.

This is the fifth in a five article series: How to Choose the Right Wedding Invitations for Your Wedding Theme.

1. How to Choose a Wedding Theme That’s Meaningful to You
2. How to Show Your Personality With Your Invitations
3. How to Blend Cultures on Your Wedding Invitations
4. How to Use Your Color Palette on Your Wedding Invitations
5. How to Match Your Invitation Wording to Your Wedding

Invitation Wording: Numbers vs Words

numbers vs words This is the easiest way to communicate how formal or casual your wedding is. For formal weddings, write out the date and time of your wedding. More casual weddings can use numbers instead:

Saturday, the eighth of June
Two thousand thirteen
at five o’clock in the evening

vs

Saturday, June 8, 2013
at 5 p.m.

 

Invitation Wording: Add a Quote

wedding invitation quote imbue you If you are having  a wedding with lots of personal and romantic details, you may want to share some of that feeling by adding a quote or verse to your invitation.

Quotes can tie in with your theme as well. Quotes work especially well for book or storybook weddings. Plus there are poems and novel text to work with many different types of weddings themes.

You can add quotes to your invitation itself or through a wrap or tag around your invitation for an extra special touch.

 

Invitation Wording: Fun with Your RSVP

fun RSVP wording When your wedding is fun or nontraditional, you don’t have to be stuck with the ”accepts with pleasure/declines with regret” lines on most RSVPs. You can have more fun with it.

You can even incorporate your wedding theme in the RSVP wording, with theme appropriate wording.

Just make sure that the RSVPs aren’t so clever that guests don’t know if they are saying yes or no, or so elaborate that they have to write an essay to respond.

Some fun ideas:

will celebrate
___in body

___in spirit

 

M__________

___can’t wait!

___can’t make it

 

M__________

___deal me in

___I fold

 

Invitation Wording: Dressing Up or Down

cowbody wedding attire Whether it’s “black tie optional” or “cowboy boots encouraged”, guests really do want to know what to wear.

So even though it may not be the most traditional thing to do, if you have a particular attire for your wedding in mind, let your guests know. They’ll have more fun and you’ll have more fun because everyone will feel more comfortable.

 

Invitation Wording: No Kids

kids at wedding ringbearer This issue has been coming up more and more: How do you politely tell your guests to leave their children at home? The most traditional way to do this is to include an inner and outer envelope, with the inner envelope specifically naming who is invited, or “and guest” if the invited person can bring a guest.

However, the inner/outer envelope is not being used by many couples these days. In that case, you can simply add “Adult only” to your invitations. But I prefer adding something like “Reception is an adult-only affair” to the RSVP, where it will most likely be read and understood.

To make it even clearer, some of our couples include a line “We have reserved ____ seats in your honor”, with the number written or printed in. This also keeps a stricter control of your wedding guest list, especially if you feel that some of your guests may bring uninvited guests.

For more information and step by step advice on getting your personality in your invitations, download our free styleguide: 7 Designer Secrets for Meaningful and Memorable Wedding Invitations.

{Photo credits: numbers: wedding booklet invitation: Imbue You Weddingthisisnthappiness.com; invitation quote: Imbue You Wedding; RSVP via Sparkle & Hay; cowboy boots: Kate McElwee Photography via Niche White; boy in suit: Fine Handmade Clothing}

Written by imbueyouido.com, the blog of Imbue You and Imbue You Wedding. Thanks for reading!

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Where should I list my reception information on my invitation?

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rustic chic metallic wedding invitation

I get this question often. There are a few ways to handle this depending on the formality of your wedding and on your budget.

You really only have to deal with this issue if your reception is in a different location than your wedding ceremony. Otherwise you don’t have to mention your reception at all or a simple “reception immediately following” will do.

On a reception card

This is the most proper place to put your reception information. It should follow the same formality of the card and be in the same style and font. So if you are writing out times on your invitation in words, do so here too.

Reception

Please join us for a reception following the ceremony.
at six o’clock
Whaler’s Inn Restaurant
367 Main Street
Baltimore, Maryland

 

On an events card

If you are having many events during a wedding weekend, your reception information can be listed along with them on an events card. In that case follow the layout and wording of the other events listed on your card.

 

On the invitation

If you are putting this information on your invitation, leave a space between your ceremony wording and the reception wording.

Follow the same formality of the main invitation. Whether you are using numbers or words for your dates and times, do the same for your reception information. And just like the invitation wording, the zip code is not typically listed.

Reception to follow
at six o’clock in the evening

Whaler’s Inn Restaurant
367 Main Street
Baltimore, Maryland

 

On the RSVP

If there’s no room on your invitation and you don’t have budget for a reception card, there’s often room to list this information on the RSVP.

I see this as a last resort though because the RSVP is returned to you and doesn’t stay with your guests.

Reception at 6 pm
Whaler’s Inn Restaurant
367 Main Street
Baltimore, Maryland

{Photo credit: Imbue You Wedding, read about this rustic wedding invitation color palette}

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