Photo: Josh Gruetzmacher
Your list of wedding stationery needs doesn't end when the invitations are sent out and the RSVP cards are received. Not only are there additional wedding stationery items you'll want to include in your big day's design and décor, you'll want to have some of those mailed items with you for your photographer to document, too! But with so many pieces coming together over the course of your planning process, what do you really need to bring on your wedding day? Let us break it down for you.
Your complete invitation suite.
Sure, you can save a copy of your invitation to show your grandchildren one day, but a gorgeous photograph will hold up better than the paper itself. Be sure to bring your save the date, invitation, RSVP card, and any other invitation inserts (such as travel information or details regarding your welcome party). And don't forget the envelopes! A great way to prep your invitation suite to be photographed on your wedding day is to have the envelopes addressed in the same way the ones you're sending to your guests will be, whether that means printed addresses or swirling calligraphy. Address the envelopes to yourselves, your photographer, or your wedding planner — and don't forget the stamps!
Escort cards and place cards.
If you're assigning guests to tables (and to specific seats at those tables), you can't forget to bring the escort and place cards with you. Better yet, make sure these are done at least a week in advance, and hand them off to your wedding planner or coordinator to arrange while the reception is being set up. Include either a detailed floor plan or lists of who is being seated at each table. If you're sending the place cards with a list instead of a diagram, make a note about which spot at the table should be seat number one, and arrange guests' names as they'll be seated moving clockwise from that first seat (the 12 o'clock position).
Table numbers and signage.
Another item that you should try to get to your planner before your wedding day, but definitely shouldn't forget if you're bringing things to the venue yourself. Signs like cocktail menus, invitations to sign the guestbook, an explanation of how the photo booth works, and the names or numbers for your tables are definitely must-have items!
A letter for your sweetheart.
If you're exchanging gifts before the ceremony, or have written love letters to one another, make sure this makes its way into your bag so your maid of honor, planner, or photographer can deliver it when the time comes.
A few thank you cards and envelopes (and your checkbook).
No, not for guests — for your vendors! You should have all the tips assembled before your wedding day, but if there's a vendor you forgot, having your checkbook and a thank you card means you can jot down a note and write a check, then pass it off to the vendor in question like you'd had it with you all along.