Back in the day, wedding stationery consisted predominantly of pre-made template invitations, a seating chart and place names on the table. These days your wedding stationery suite options are limitless and stationery has now become an extension of your wedding décor.

Your wedding invitation gives guests their first glimpse into the colour palette and theme of your big day.  If you are opting for a printed invitation (rather than an e-vite) it will often have pride of place on your guests’ fridge or pin-up board so take the opportunity to make an impression! Similarly, your day-of stationery has the power to amplify the beauty of your ceremony and reception décor.

Here are 11 ways to help you elevate your wedding stationery from ‘snooze fest’ to sensational:

1 Creative customisation

Personalising the details of your wedding is nothing new but this trend is on the rise with couples opting to weave the intimate details of their love story into their wedding day. You may, for example name your tables according to the cities you have visited together, print a giant scroll or floor runner documenting the milestones of your relationship, or create a mini newspaper gazette about the two of you.

2 Hand-drawn illustrations
We are seeing more bespoke illustrations – whether it be a sketch of the venue, a customised skin for your table wine, or a caricature of the couple. This is a really fun way to make your wedding stationery a reflection of your personal story.

3 Unusual seating plans and table numbers
These days, seating plans, menus and table numbers are busting out of traditional confines. Why not consider applying vinyls to elegant acrylic columns, or unexpected items like vases, jars or terracotta pots.

4 Vellum overlays
Vellum is a semi translucent paper that has a frosted finish which gives it an ethereal feel. It can be used on its own or overlaid onto card of various colours or prints. If a full vellum invitation is too much, consider a vellum belly band, overlay or envelope. Whether your design preference is sleek and minimalist, or luxurious and ornate, vellum adds texture and results in a really polished finish.

5 Laser love
Whether it’s a cut-out of your guests’ names, a cake topper or a table number, we are now in the era of bespoke laser cutting, which means that you can create laser cut-outs for pretty much anything these days!

6 It’s tassel time

Ribbon still has its place on the wedding table, especially raw silk ribbon, but we are loving the cute and quirky personality of a tassel on menus, place names and thank you cards.

7 Gimme some gold
A touch of gold foil or gold leaf on your wedding stationery is synonymous with a sophisticated celebration and elevates your printed elements to the next level.

8 Amped about arches
Surprise and delight guests with unconventional shapes such as arched welcome boards or circular menus. Not everything needs to be a rectangle!

9 Customised monograms
Stylish monograms of the bride and groom’s initials have also taken on a whole new look, with touches that are meaningful to the couple.

10 Colour palettes get bolder and brighter
Move over pastels and make way for bold and dramatic colour palettes.

Bold colourful orange and green wedding stationery flat lay

11 Printed envelope liners
Nothing shouts luxury more than a gorgeous envelope liner so if you are doing printed invitations, consider asking your stationery specialist to design an envelope in your theme colours, with a beautifully printed liner.

Let your stationery be as unique as your love story!

by Janine Dickson
Handmade by Janine