Every Piece of Stationery You'll Need for Your Wedding

Invites & Stationery

Before you order your wedding stationery, it's always a smart idea to put together a list of all the paper elements you'll need. This will help you and your groom stay on budget and figure out which pieces are essential and which ones you may not need. To help, we've put together a wedding stationery checklist — a guide to all of the various paper elements you might need for your big day. Keep in mind, though, that this list is not meant to be all-inclusive — a vast majority of these elements are optional, can be done as a DIY project, or can be mailed electronically (besides the wedding invitation itself — we still think it's important to send guests a printed invitation).

Print out this checklist and bring it to your consultation meeting with your stationer.

Before the Wedding
□ Engagement party invitation
Save-the-date card
□ Bridal shower invitation
□ Bridal shower thank-you cards
□ Bachelor/bacherlorette party invitation
Rehearsal dinner invitation
□ Welcome dinner invitation

See More: A Definitive Guide to Online Dos and Dont's for Your Wedding Stationery

The Wedding Invitation
□ Outer envelope
□ Inner envelope
□ Belly band
□ Invitation card
□ Reception card (if held at a different location than the ceremony)
Directions/map card
□ Response card and self-addressed stamped envelope
□ Hotel accommodations card

At the Wedding
Welcome basket tag
□ Ceremony program
□ Pew cards or "reserved" seating cards
Escort cards
□ Place cards
□ Table number cards
Menu cards
□ Favor tags

After the Wedding
Thank-you cards

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