Wedding Wednesdays Q&A: What Wedding Stationery Items Do You Need?

Wedding Wednesdays Q&A by Jamie Chang Destination Wedding Planner of Mango Muse Events

It’s time for our Q&A where we answer your most pressing wedding planning questions and get you the help you need.  Today we’re discussing wedding stationery:  I just picked out and ordered my invites and it should be arriving soon.  As I was looking through the invites I saw all these other items that match my invite.  Do I need all these other items?  I know I’ll probably need some, but I was wondering what I need to be thinking about next and what is actually necessary.  Any advice would be appreciated!

I’m happy to oblige!  So, below is a list of wedding stationery items that you’ll want to consider along with some notes to help you figure out what you’ll want and/or need and what is right for your wedding.

1. Table numbers – If you are assigning your guests to seats or tables, then you’ll need to indicate which table is which.  This can be in the form of table names or numbers and does not have to be paper, but many times is.  If you are doing open seating, then you obviously do not need these.

Gold cursive table number in a mini olive tree for a Sonoma destination wedding by Destination wedding planner Mango Muse Events

(Photo credit: Andria Lo)

2. Seating cards/escort cards – If you want to assign your guests to a table, but not a specific seat, then you’ll need these so that they know what table to go to.  These can also take the form of a seating chart (as opposed to individual cards) and also do not have to be paper.  If you are having a plated meal, these are helpful to indicate which meal they have chosen.

Owl seating cards as a part of the wedding stationery for a Hawaii wedding by Destination wedding planner, Mango Muse Events

(Photo credit: Marina Miller)

3. Place cards – If you are assigning your guests an individual seat, you’ll need these to indicate which seat they should sit at.  If you have a larger number of guests (50+) or a spreadout floorplan, you’ll want both these and seating cards or a seating chart so that your guests aren’t wandering around trying to find their seat.  If you are having a plated meal, these are helpful to indicate which meal they have chosen.  Similar to the above, these do not need to be paper.

Wedding-Planner_Destination-Wedding_San-Francisco-Wedding_Exploratorium_Table-Design_Big-Bang-Theory-Placecards

(Photo credit: Milou and Olin Photography)

4. Menus – These are helpful if you are having a plated meal or a family style meal.  If you are having a buffet and or doing stations, these aren’t as necessary because there will be signs on those tables.  You can have menus per person or one per table or one large one.  If you are doing individual menus, those usually are paper.  If you are doing one per table or one large one, those do not need to be paper.  These are not absolutely necessary, but many people like them so that guests know what they are eating.

A beautiful wedding menu as a part of the wedding stationery for a Sonoma destination wedding by Destination wedding planner Mango Muse Events

(Photo credit: Andria Lo)

5. Programs – These are used mainly for the ceremony to tell guests what will be happening but are also sometimes made for the reception too.  These are usually paper and are most useful if you need to describe certain ceremony elements that your guests may not be familiar with (i.e. cultural traditions, religious ceremonies, etc…).

Wedding menu as a part of the wedding stationery for a San Francisco wedding by Destination wedding planner, Jamie Chang of Mango Muse Events.

(Photo credit: Milou and Olin Photography)

6. Signs – There are all types of signs you might want at your wedding whether to give directions or for your specialty cocktails or to indicate something people should do.  None of these are necessary unless people will get lost without them.  Many times these are paper, but they don’t have to be.

Directional wedding signs as a part of the wedding stationery for a multicultural wedding by Destination wedding planner Mango Muse Events

(Photo credit: Bethany Carlson Photography)

7. Favors/Welcome gifts – You may need tags or note cards for any guest gifts just depending on what you are giving.

Wedding favor and tag as a part of the wedding stationery for a Hawaii wedding by Destination wedding planner Mango Muse Events

(Photo credit: Chrissy Lambert Photography)

8. Thank you cards – You will need these to thank guests for the gifts.  They don’t have to match your invites, but you will need some type of thank you card.

Newlywed couple holding signs that say 'Thank You' for their thank you card as a part of the wedding stationery for a Hawaii wedding by Destination wedding planner Mango Muse Events

(Photo credit: Allina Yang)

You’ve got a wedding planning question don’t you? Let us know in a comment below and we’ll get you an answer.

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