Preparing for your big day involves hundreds of tiny details, but few leave a first impression quite like your wedding stationery suite. From bridal shower invites to thank you cards, your custom prints set the tone for your most special celebration. In this guide, we'll explore all the key elements you need to ensure a seamless experience from start to finish.
Generate pre-wedding excitement
Get friends and family invested in your celebration by including them in the events leading up to the big day. Here are some key items you’ll want to plan for:
Bridal shower and engagement party invitations
Get guests excited for the journey ahead! Showcase fun relationship details through lighthearted graphics and silly captions. Registries links let guests browse gifts conveniently too. You can also create a custom photo album filled with precious memories for a thoughtful shower gift. Or have attendees sign wisdom-filled advice pages to start the marriage off with sweet words of support.
Bachelor and bachelorette party prints
Build anticipation by mailing party weekend itineraries that hint at the excitement ahead! Encourage moments of togetherness through matching shirts for the wedding squad customized with lively slogans or inside-jokes.
Rehearsal dinner invitations
Bring your close friends and family together the night before with elegant invitations to intimate dinners filled with warm toasts and laughs. Guest books placed at entry are a great way to collect meaningful marriage advice for couples to start this next, beautiful chapter.
Your save-the-date cards kick things off by giving your guests a heads up to lock in their calendars. This early mailing is all about the key details. Make sure to include the date, time, and wedding location, but you don’t need to get into all the specifics yet. The point is to get guests excited for celebrations to come!
While save-the-dates should focus on the facts, you can make them “yours” with personal touches. Photos or colors that capture the wedding vibe yet to unfold also hint at the amazing party around the corner. Custom illustrations printed in metallic inks, playful photos from your dating days, favorite movie quotes—these artistic accents convey what you as a couple are all about.
Invitations that impress
Your wedding invitations set the tone, build eager anticipation, and make vital first impressions on guests. They have a lasting impact that kicks off months of giddy excitement. Recipients proudly post them on fridges, share photos and get questions from friends about the lucky couple-to-be even before RSVPing. That’s why it’s so important that your invitations represent your relationship and vision as a couple.
Incorporate creative design elements like photos, illustrations, specialty paper, foil stamping and trendy colors that express your unique wedding style. Play with unique envelope lining colors, vellum inserts, belly bands and seals.
Sizing of your invites can speak volumes about your overall vibe. Pair smaller invites with creative envelopes for dramatic first looks. Or opt for oversized proportions to convey grandeur. These can make for an unforgettable first impression with creative envelope liners or special vellum inserts setting the scene.
Unique design elements:
Dress up your wedding invites with personalized artwork, creative photo treatments, unique textures and trendy colors that express your wedding style. Make for an unforgettable first impression with creative envelope liners or special vellum inserts. Foil stamping names and dates plus luxe texture paper stocks illustrate lavish dedication to guests. If you prefer an eco-friendly option, FedEx Office has a large selection of sustainable paper and printing techniques you can use.
Express unique personality through font styles. Choose from formal scripts for classic weddings or sleek typeface for modern themes. Ensure legibility with proper line spacing and clear typefaces. Start with a custom Canva template as your guide to ensure your design is compelling and easy to read.
Enclosure card essentials
Enclosure cards are a helpful way to include additional guidance, directions, and event specifics within your invitation suite. Vellum sheets, scrapbook style photo montages, watercolor artwork conveying wedding palette colors, and ornate die-cuts help infuse personality into your invites. Creative enclosure cards can set the scene for the sensational soiree ahead!
Devoting a separate insert listing recommended hotel room blocks or discounted packages helps guests secure ideal lodging near your venues. You may also want to include local transportation guidance like rehearsal dinner shuttle meeting points.
For elaborate wedding receptions, relay all celebration specifics through dedicated reception cards distributed alongside invites. This ensures guests understand attire guidance, RSVP details and more clearly.
Registry or website card
You may also want to include a card that links to your registry or your wedding website. You can use QR codes to give guests quick and easy access to your online information.
Ceremony and receptions needs
Completing your stationery suite with coordinating ceremony programs, menus, and signage is like tying all the threads together, ensuring every detail is in place and every moment is savored.
Print custom programs detailing musical selections, readings, honored family members, and more. Having copies for attendees makes following along easier while doubling as memorable keepsakes.
Reception menus do more than display cuisine courses and drink options. Make your vision come to life with specialty papers and inks that match your aesthetics while relaying reception details like significant toasts, anecdotes, expressions of gratitude, and dietary options.
For a cohesive feel, design themed bar signage, photo booth backdrops, directionals, table numbers, guestbook prompts, and more. Use customized banners to display welcome messages and sentimental photos. Incorporate engaging seating charts, directional signage, and framed table numbers to make reception seating a breeze.
Sending guests home with thoughtful favors is a perfect way to keep your wedding memories fresh in their mind. Once you’ve returned from the honeymoon and settled into a newlywed routine, remember to express your appreciation of the moments shared with cherished loved ones.
Give your guests something to hold onto memories from your magical day. Consider personalized gifts they can enjoy long after your celebration. From custom mugs and glassware to wedding tote bags—get creative and make it your own!
Thank you cards
Send out custom thank you cards that show your appreciation for your guests’ presence and special contributions to this momentous occasion. Choose from pre-made designs or create personalized cards with names, photos, or wedding motifs.
After the excitement and activity of the big day has faded, keep your cherished memories fresh with custom mementos that celebrate your love.
Preserve cherished moments in high quality bound photo books rather than loose 5x7” stacks. Mix digital prints with candid guest shots and professional portraits across artfully designed pages adding storytelling flair.
Take wedding memento preservation up a notch through one-of-a-kind wedding scrapbooks showcasing a collage of programs, menus, signage, and more across artfully decorated layouts conveying your special story.
Start checking off your list
A lot goes into planning a memorable wedding, but this checklist should help ensure you don’t forget some of the most important elements! With FedEx Office as your printing partner, it’s easy to plan a standout (and stress-free) wedding. Get started online or visit any one of our 2,000+ locations.