April 27, 2022
A lot has been happening behind the scenes here at Write Pretty for Me. As photos from the 2021 season continue to roll in, and 2022 weddings are brought to life, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to share some “day-of wedding stationery” inspiration for those of you putting together the finishing details on your own 2022 wedding (or starting your inspiration board for your 2023 wedding!). If the term wedding stationery has you drooling over custom wedding invitations (which are gorgeous of course!), today I’m sharing all of the ways we can bring your love of high-quality paper and custom details to your actual wedding day.
Before I dive in, a quick aside. I believe hand-written, personalized details matter. They make your wedding day your own. Below, you’ll find a ton of stunning day-of wedding stationery inspiration (I hope!), but I do want to note: these individual pieces don’t exist on their own. Often, couples come to me with one or two things in mind (like a seating chart and a welcome sign!), and by the end of our first meeting, we have a list of details they can’t wait to see brought to life. Based on that feedback, I’ve created a new “day of wedding details” calligraphy package, to ensure you have everything you need for a beautiful, cohesive wedding day design. If you have a vision and need a little help bringing it to life (or you have no idea where to start), find more details about working with me below!
Want a little taste of what it looks like when all the day-of wedding details come together?
At the end of the day, you leave your wedding with the vows you exchanged. If you’ve taken the time to write your own vows, you should find a beautiful keepsake to save them in. These vow books are often the first piece of wedding stationery you’ll reach for on your wedding day and unlike some of the pieces below, they exist just for you and yours. As a wedding calligrapher, I’m often tasked with creating and designing pieces your guests will interact with (which I love!), but that’s what makes these vow books that much more special. They are just for you and your memories.
I don’t think beautiful ceremony programs are going anywhere anytime soon. Not only are these a beautiful keepsakes, but they are also often the first piece of paper your guests will interact with on your wedding day. Depending on your style, you can keep your ceremony programs classic and timeless, or have a little fun with them (like fans on a hot outdoor day!). When making your ceremony programs cohesive with the rest of your wedding decor, you’ll want to make sure the calligraphy is the same as the rest of your ceremony pieces (like your welcome sign or unplugged ceremony sign) and bring in your wedding color palette (and if you have – your custom monogram like we did for Tara and Alex’s wedding!).
When you consider your wedding reception signage, your mind might go straight to some of the larger details you’ve been getting excited about (like a gorgeous mirror seating chart or even the table decor). With that in mind, I want to encourage you to take a step back and consider all of the spaces there truly are to make an impression at your wedding reception. As guests arrive, they might be welcomed with a place card escorting them to their table. They might enter your wedding venue and stumble across a unique seating chart (the record setup from Danielle and Dylan’s wedding at Battello is one of my favorites!). On top of that, often one of the first things guests will look for is a place to set down their gift or card, so you can consider a sign for that table as well.
Your guest will spend more time at their table than anywhere else on your wedding day (except for maybe the bar… but we will get to that next). If you are looking for places to use paper to make an impact, think about your table numbers, place cards, and menu cards that will have your guests drooling while they wait for their dinner to be served!
A little tip? Your table numbers are also a great place to save a little money and be a little more eco-conscious. Although you can have fun with table numbers by naming them after your favorite places, if you are just using “standard” table numbers you can take advantage of my rental inventory when you book me for your day of wedding details. Renting pieces from your wedding calligrapher ensures that even though the pieces aren’t custom, they flow effortlessly with the rest of your wedding day pieces.
These are often my favorite to create because they are so much fun. As I mentioned earlier, your guests may or may not spend a majority of their time at the bar! I love to create personal touches, from including my couples’ dogs in the signs or even a hand-drawn photo of their signature cocktail. These pieces can often be repurposed at your home bar after the wedding!
Don’t have a signature cocktail? You can create a bar sign listing all of the available beverage options so your guests don’t have to guess (and your bartenders can focus on pouring the drinks!).
For Anggi and Steven’s boho wedding, we created a custom sign for their oyster bar station. If you are planning to have your own wedding day food station, why not give your guests something pretty to stare at while their food is being served? I believe that if your guests pause somewhere for more than a few moments, there is an opportunity to surprise and delight them with custom day-of wedding stationery. If there is something I’ve missed here, make sure to let me know over on Instagram! I would love to know what unique experiences you are planning for your guests.
Last but not least, don’t forget to make a final impression with your wedding favors. If you have taken the time to source something unique and memorable for your guests, the last piece of wedding stationery you might want to consider is a custom calligraphy tag. It gives your wedding favors just a little something extra, and your guests will remember it fondly as the last piece of your wedding day evening.
Can you believe all of this is just the paper? Honestly, I’ve shared so much of the “bigger” pieces on the blog, from seating charts to wedding day signage that sometimes the paper details get a little overlooked. Not anymore! I hope you can see how all of the day-of wedding stationery can truly come together and help you create unique and memorable touchpoints throughout your wedding day. When you are ready, I would love to chat about your wedding day vision. Click the button below to connect with me directly, or learn more about working with Write Pretty for Me here.