Photo: Her World Brides March 2016 (See the rest of the spread here)
1. Calligraphed labels
If you’ve got the budget and can afford to shell out on hiring a calligrapher to address your envelopes, good for you. If you’re running low on funds for your stationery, consider these less expensive options: rubber stamps, and printed labels. While these won’t look as luxe as having your envelopes calligraphed by hand (there’s a reason why it costs), they’ll still look fancy enough at first glance.
See all the details about wedding calligraphy.
2. Envelope liners
Before your guests get to their actual invitations, they’ll be looking at envelope liners to get a glimpse of what the wedding will be like. A fun way to introduce your invites would be to have flower-printed liners, lace liners, or gold-topped ones… the possibilities are endless. Plus, DIY liners are so easy to make (there are many tutorials on the Internet, with materials that are easy to procure), and doesn’t take that much time and money. So there’s really no excuse.
Whether you’re designing your own, or hiring an expert to do so, just keep in mind that your monogram will be appearing on every inch of your wedding, invitations, stationery, as well as other goods (because branding is important, and you really should make good use of it now that you’ve created it). Take inspiration from luxury brands and see if there are similarities you can pick up.
See the things to know about designing your own monogram.
4. Use textures and patterns
Think marble paper, or paper with subtle patterns (so your words don’t get washed out). Or, you can consider embossing (which always helps when you’re looking to impress).
See: 10 things to know about letterpressing your invitations.
5. Themed or personalised stamps
If you're particular about creating a cohesive look, opt for customised or themed stamps instead of the regular standard issue. But do so only if you have the budget. Personally, I find that these are unnecessary, since they will be stamped over by the post office when they go through the mail. Plus, most guests really want to get to the contents of the envelope, so they might not even notice this little detail.
6. Putting together your stationery suite
If you’re having more than one card, a well put-together suite shows that you’ve put much thought into it. Even if you’re not sure how to assemble them, just know that you arrange them by size.
Here’s a quick guide (in stacking order, starting with the bottom):
- The wedding invitation face-up
- The reception card face-up
- Remaining cards – such as RSVP cards or information cards face-up, arranged by size.
- If you’re sending a pocket-fold invitation, all your cards should be within the folded invite