Ceremony & Reception Wedding Stationery

wedding stationeryOnce you’ve mailed your unique wedding invitations, the next step in your wedding stationery suite is ceremony and reception items. We’re often asked what most Brides order for their ceremony and reception. And, to be honest, it all depends on the bride and their wedding event. So, rather then tell you what you need, we thought we’d let you know what each element is and why you may need it, then you can better decide what will work best for your wedding. Enjoy!

Welcome bag note: if you’re leaving a welcome bag at the hotel for your out of town guests, then include a little note. The note can remind guests of the wedding itinerary, locations, directions as needed and even other location attractions they might want to check out while in town. It’s also a great place to explain the items in your welcome bag, especially if they’re items from the area or representative of it, your wedding theme or little things you and your fiance love.

Ceremony program: allows your guests to follow along with your thoughtfully planned wedding ceremony. The program is also a great place to let your guests know your relation to each member of the wedding party, read a little in memory statement, or a thank you note from the bride and groom. They can be single-sided, double-sided or folded, depending on the amount of space you need for all your details. And, the best party, the same font and look from your wedding invitations will be carried through the first piece of your ceremony and reception.

Additional ceremony signage: reserved signs for where parents and grandparents will be seated, a sign for the programs (if you don’t have attendants), parking signs or direction signage to direct your guests to your location if the venue is large

Seating chart: typically situated, in alphabetically order by last name, on a table near the entrance to your reception room. It lists the guest’s table number or table name and is often printed poster size to make it easy for everyone to see and not overlook.

Escort cards and place cards: are a great way to let your guests know which table they’re seated at and can be used in conjunction with table names. The escort card is typically situated, in alphabetically order by last name, on a table near the entrance to your reception room. It lists the guest’s table number or table name and is often tucked into a miniature envelope with their name written on the outside. The place card is put at the guest’s specific seat. Have the guest’s name on both sides of the card so everyone at the table knows who their table mates are for the evening. While both of these elements are smaller in size, it doesn’t mean they have to be boring and plain. The guest’s name should be the prominent part of the card, but we can still embellish it to coordinate with everything else.

Table names or numbers: work in tandem with the escort cards or seating chart. They serve as a marker that let your guests know which table is theirs. You’ve put a lot of thought into where everyone sits and table names/numbers help avoid confusion. This is also one element to any wedding that can be made fun and unique to you and your spouse. For example, instead of regular numbers, name your tables after your favorite restaurants and venues or after cities you have visited together. Include a thoughtful blurb as to what the location means to you both as a great conversation starter for those sitting at the table. Since you want the table names to be seen from a bit of a distance, we suggest making them 5.5″ wide x 8.5″ tall. While this is the standard, it doesn’t mean it’s right for every reception or every bride.

Cocktail menu: lets your guests know about your signature wedding cocktails — what’s in the mix, why you selected it, what is means to you and your husband, etc. They’re fun, flirty and your guests will love knowing what you recommend.

Reception menu: is a great way to remind your guests of the dinner they selected or of the upcoming meal. You’ve spent time selecting your wedding meal, so let your guests know what’s coming in style with a custom menu – Appetizer/Soup, Salad, Entrée – if there were several options, list each one, Dessert – if cake is being served to your guests, let them know; if there is a dessert, candy or coffee bar this is a great place to get the word out

Guest book poster: a modern and unique way to remember who was in attendance at your wedding ceremony and reception. With a print at home file, you can print it the same size as your favorite frame. It’s a great way to never forget your special day.

thank you postcardWedding magazine: the bride and groom, as a thank you to their guests, wrote a little about each person in attendance at the wedding ceremony and reception. One was available to everyone, so they could all get to know each other better and read what the bride and groom had to say about them and how they became friends. It’s a fun piece for everyone!

Thank you tag: used on the wedding favor. A simple tag with a big statement, “Thank You” to each of your guests for attending your wedding.

Additional reception signage: photo booth sign, bathroom directions or dessert drink table signage, basically any other elements that make your wedding unique for you!

Thank you card: a vintage postcard is a great way to thank your family and friends for their support of your marriage! Our vintage postcard features pictures from your wedding. Your favorite images are put into a collage with your names, wedding location and date. The back has vintage travel stamps and a space for you to write a personalized thank you note.