Useful tips for choosing & organising your wedding stationery

Your wedding stationery is a key part of the wedding run up and day, Eliza from Eliza Bradley Illustration discusses her top tips for…

Your wedding stationery is a key part of the wedding run up and day, Eliza from Eliza Bradley Illustration discusses her top tips for picking out your stationery and realistic timings to stick to so you can stay organised!

Your wedding invitation, is your guests’ first peek into your wedding day, so you want to make it exciting!

Get your ideas flowing 

If you have an idea of the theme/style of your wedding, then that’s a perfect place to start when thinking about the outcome of your stationery. Classy and elegant? Or bold and fun? Start to gather up ideas and inspiration for your wedding day so you can build a perfect picture in your head. All this information would be great to build your perfect imagery.


There are many beautiful readymade templates available online which could be suitable; however, there is something a little more special about having your stationery designed specifically for you. Your product will be the only one designed that way, something completely unique just for your big day! This could be anything from your own logo, to an illustrated map – getting something bespoke can perfectly capture the excitement that is to come.

Keep Organised

12 Months before your wedding: this would be a good time to plan your stationery, pick a design and put together a guest list.

Nine Months: your save-the-dates should go out, it can take a few weeks for your stationary to be created and printed so bare this in mind.

Six Months: send out your wedding invitations!

Three Months: make sure all your RSVPS are back by around this point.

Six Weeks: order your ‘on the day’ stationery. Such as place cards, signs, table plans & numbers, menus etc.

One Month after: send out thank you cards to all your guests.

What costs are involved?

The price per invite can vary widely! It all depends on the paper types, printing techniques and decorative extras such as envelope liners and foiling. It’s a good idea to do your research and get a few price quotes with different printing options before making a final decision. Most stationers will also have a minimum printing requirement so bare that in mind when ordering.

How many guests are you inviting?

Make an informative decision on the number of invites you send out. Your printing order could be cut in half if you simply send out one invite per family/couple.

It’s expensive to go back and print more invitations once your order is complete! So I recommend ordering a few extra as spares just in case. Even if they end up just as keepsakes it’s better to be safe than sorry!

Check your proof!

Before your invitation order is printed, your stationer will send you a proof copy via email. Make sure you check it thoroughly – get as many people as you can to read it over, you’d be surprised at the little things you may miss like spellings.

Eliza Bradley Illustration will be at The West Midlands  Wedding Fair on the 21st and 22nd October 2017, visit her at stand E2.