Destination Wedding Stationery
All of us at Invitations by R Squared are so unbelievably happy and excited to hear about all the brides- and grooms-to-be for 2017! We’re talking about destination wedding stationery on the daily – helping with timing guidelines, choices, colors, and more!
As we know, planning a wedding takes a crazy amount of planning and organizing. There are so many elements that have to come together to make your day memorable and magical – the venue, photography, food and cake, wedding clothes, florals, and – yes – the wedding stationery.
Like everything else about planning a wedding, there are trends that change rapidly. And that is certainly true for wedding stationery as well. We got in touch with some planners, some other stationers, some of our past clients, and other wedding professionals to find out what their thoughts are on the coming trends for 2017.
We’re here to share that with you:
Wonderfully whimsical destination wedding stationery
As the trend for more relaxed, informal celebrations continues, wedding stationery is following suit. Ceremonies or receptions can now be under dappled shade in woodland clearings or a tipi in a flower-filled meadow. Designs a little whimsical in feeling are very on trend, giving a less structured and more personal feeling to the wedding.
Our absolute favorite stationery trend is watercolor, with its delicate, romantic feel. Combine this with elegant script fonts for a classic look or create a more rustic effect with fanciful fonts and flourishes.
Bold splashes of color
With color being very important this season, stationery is becoming bolder and brighter. I have seen burgundy, wine and berry reds coming through in unstructured big bridal bouquets lately, and it has become a big influence on stationery choices. If you’re nervous about using color, wedding stationery is a perfect way to add an accent without going all in!
Of course the dusky hues are definitely here to stay with blush pink taking center stage, hotly followed by baby blue and the dependable creams and ivory shades.
Fun with fonts
And finally, eclectic and fun fonts are also hugely on trend for wedding invitations in 2017. It’s a nice touch to make the couple’s names the motif, giving the stationery real personality.
We’ve gathered some tips you may wish to consider when ordering your wedding stationery – whether or not yours is to be a destination wedding or a hometown wedding.
Timing is huge for sending out destination wedding stationery elements…
Will you be ordering from an online or in-store catalog? Pre-designed, custom designed, or an existing design with possibly some custom elements? Are you doing just Save the Dates and invitations, or will you be going for the whole suite – menus, programs, thank you cards, etc.?
It’s never too early to start thinking about what you would like, talking with your fiancé about the options, and doing research into vendors.
If yours is to be a destination wedding, you’re going to need to get your wedding paper elements ordered as soon as possible – or, at the very least, your Save the Date cards. And you’ll probably want to do this a year before the wedding, right after you have chosen a venue and a date. This is especially true if you’re having your destination wedding papers custom designed.
Get in touch with us! Our fearless leader, Fran, can walk you through the process, help you with wedding stationery decisions, and always helps brides and grooms feel at ease with the process.
Ordering and printing…
No matter who you ultimately place your destination wedding stationery with, you’d be well advised to order extra sets of the stationery. A good rule of thumb is order ten to twenty extras. You know, if you have a last minute guest to add, errors in addressing, people you might have missed, or keepsakes for yourself or the wedding parents.
Frequently, the more you order, the larger the discount.
Addressing the envelopes…
Addressing all of those envelopes can be tedious. There are a lot of options from hand addressing with a calligrapher, to printed labels. We don’t like white labels, or even colored labels. If you must use a label, please print on a clear/invisible label. Generally speaking, couples who are springing for a custom design, will usually spring for a calligrapher.
When to mail your destination wedding stationery elements…
If you’re having a hometown do, Save The Dates should be mailed six months prior, followed by invitations two to three months before the event.
If your event is to be a destination wedding, you want those Save the Dates to go out no later than eight months prior to the event, with invitations mailed for receipt five or six months before the event.
You should have an RSVP date of four weeks prior to the wedding. Anything less, and you run the risk of not being able to track down unresponsive guests. Your guest’s responses are very important, as you will need to give a number of your vendors a head count for food, beverages, and more.
On your RSVP return envelopes, it’s a good idea to pre-stamp. This makes it easy for them to fill out the card, and get it right back into the mail to you.
We know you’ve got a lot on your plate with planning, and sometimes you may feel like your inspiration is flagging. We’ve put together some fabulous images to inspire you over here.
And we meant what we said before … if you’re feeling confused or frustrated with this process, reach out to us. We’re here to help make your day the most memorable and magical ever!