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Your Wedding Paper Trail


You’ve set your date and location; it’s time to select your wedding stationery. The invitations together with an array of creative cards and notes can be designed to accentuate your wedding theme, formality and mood. Unique and personalised wedding stationery make beautiful keepsakes for you and your loved ones. Here’s a short intro to the 7 types of wedding stationery.

Photo by Bryan Jean Photography. Wedding Stationery by Paper Tiger Press. Featured in Celebrate “All About Love” issue.

Pretty self explanatory – the invite informs your guest when to arrive, where to go, how to RSVP, and often states the manner of attire. It is recommended to send out invites at least six weeks in advance. The norm is to order 10% more than you estimated; trust us, it will come in handy.

Programme cards allow guests to follow the sequence of the event. There are no hard and fast rules to their contents; they may include items like the cast of characters involved, vows, lyrics to communal songs, and words of appreciation and so on.

To reduce cost, purchase wedding card covers or use a professional printer to print the covers, and produce the programme inserts using your home printer.

These cards will bear guests’ names and their table number. Placed at the reception table, guests will pick up the cards and find their seats. Creativity has no boundaries – you can hang these cards on a huge board or tie it to a wedding favour.

*Seating cards are not commonly used in Singapore. It’s a great idea for weddings below 200 guests and when you have the names of all your guests.

Similar in form and purpose to seating cards, the place cards indicate where each guest is to be seated at each table. Place cards can also be attractive mementos for guests, like name tags on scallop shells.

To add to your cache of memories, invite your guests to jot down their well-wishes in a book, a scroll of paper, a beautiful stack of cards, a photo album or anything you can creatively think of. Just pop into any scrap-booking store for more inspiration.

The reception venue will usually have one of their own, but you may consider designing one that is in line with your theme.

It is a good etiquette to send thank-you notes to your helpers or to those you have received gifts from. They should be sent out within 2 months of your wedding. Notes should always be handwritten. Formality would depend on your relationship with the recipient. Try to mention the specific gift received from the guest and how you plan to use it. It is also nice to enclose photographs you have taken with the guest and/or other small tokens of appreciation.

A pretty suite of stationery to inspire you:

Photo by Bryan Jean Photography. Wedding Stationery by Nineteen Design Studio. Featured in Celebrate “All About Love” issue.

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