The season you have chosen for your special day can play a large part in your theme, colour scheme, food choices and even your outfit. Claire Lloyd from To Have And To Hold Wedding Stationery gives us her top tips on how to choose the right stationery to go with your seasonal wedding theme.
Your invitations or ‘save the dates’ will be the first insight into your wedding day that your guest will receive. They’re extremely important for setting the tone for your big day.
It’s a great idea to embrace the season of your wedding and this of course can be reflected in your stationery. This can start from the moment your guests receive their invitations and continue throughout the day with matching on-the-day stationery. This can also co-ordinate with your chosen flowers, bridesmaid dresses and other decorations.
Choosing the right colours and style of stationery for your season can really bring your theme together. Try to take inspiration from your venue and other aspects of your day.
Silver and white are popular around this time of year, along with rosy reds and greens. You don’t always have to stick to a snowflake or Christmas theme during winter.
Ice blue and lilac can be a nice idea for a winter wonderland theme or a modern black and white colour scheme with stylish embellishments. Navy blue can also look really chic for this time of year.
Pastel colours are a great idea for a spring wedding. Soft yellows, greens and pinks will allow you to embrace that classic country garden theme. Alternatively, choose pretty lace and combine with peach ribbon for a vintage look.
Bunting has become increasingly popular recently because of events like the spring Royal Wedding and the Jubilee!
Bright colours are fab for the summer months. Hot pink, orange and turquoise are great and mixing bright colours together looks amazing. A beach theme is popular for couples planning to get married overseas. This can include yellows and blues with seashell designs. Butterflies and flowers can brighten up your stationery and give it that summery feel. Love birds and birdcages are increasing popular wedding themes and can give a ‘shabby chic’ feel to your day.
Deep and warm colours look lovely for an autumn theme. Reds, oranges, browns and plum can look gorgeous. Designs with natural colours and printed leaf designs can help you achieve that rustic look. The use of gold combined with lace and vintage embellishments can create glamorous wedding stationery, which looks great this time of year.
Useful tips for sending your wedding invitations
When ordering your invitations it is a good idea to order a few spares just in case. It’s always best to have too many than not enough. Remember that you only need one invitation per couple/family rather than each person; it is a mistake that many people make!
It’s best to send your invitations out around 12 weeks before the big day or even earlier if you’re getting married at a popular time of year, getting married abroad or inviting guests from overseas.
Set a cut-off date to receive RSVPs by, make this at least one month before the wedding to give you time to confirm your seating plan. This also gives you time to chase up the few guests that forget to RSVP.