Every Piece of Stationery You'll Need for Your Wedding

Updated 11/04/14

Swiss Cottage Designs

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

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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