• Olivia Poff


photography: Dawn Point Studios

We are living in a society where email chains and Facebook invites have become our main source of event planning. You can RSVP right online and the date and time of the event directly links to your calendar. Registries can be shopped through a website and menus can be viewed on a cell phone. There truly seems to be no need to waste money on stationary for your wedding day.

And to that I say, not so fast. While stationary may seem outdated, it is a vital part of setting the tone for your big day. Wedding stationary can come in many forms; save-the-date cards, invitations, menus, place cards, thank yous, and more. In this digital age of texting and FaceTiming, think about how exciting it is to open a customized letter in the mail.

photography: Dawn Point Studios

What I personally love about physical invitations and save-the-date cards is the intimacy. Anyone can be quickly added to an event on social media; but there is something special about a handwritten envelope with your name on it being delivered right to your mailbox. It makes your guests feel important and like they are really wanted on your big day. It’s also a great keepsake a memento to file away in a scrapbook and look back on in the future.

photography: Michael Romeo Creations

Like I mentioned before, the stationary can really help guests understand the tone or theme of your big day. Whether you’re going for a rustic, backyard shindig or a black-tie affair, your stationary should reflect that. You can include the color scheme, the specific flowers, and the font your guests can anticipate seeing throughout your wedding. This allows you to show some of your personality while giving people a sneak peek of what’s to come. And then a few weeks later when all is said and done, your guests will be delighted to receive a thank you card that is still on brand in the mail.

I totally understand the cost of wedding stationary can be a burden but I promise you it’s worth it. There are plenty of ways to fit this into your budget as well! Wedding invites and thank yous could be a great DIY project for you and your partner. Learn how to write calligraphy together, turn on some music, and get creative! If you don’t have time to do this yourself, talk to your wedding planner! Your planner is there to help and can find eye-catching stationary that is in your price range.

At the end of the day, while it’s much easier to send a mass email to all your guests asking them to simply click a button to RSVP, it’s much more thoughtful to invest in wedding stationery. Your guests will appreciate it too! One day when you pull an extra menu or save the date out of a keepsake box, you’ll be glad you decided the stationary was an important part of your wedding.

You will have the photos saved to your iCloud or uploaded to Facebook to look back on as long as social media exists (which will probably be forever) and you can even live stream your event for those who can’t attend. There are so many ways you can modernize your wedding in this digital age but I believe the old fashioned stationary is here to stay.

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