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Wedding Stationery guide

Whether you buy your wedding stationery or create your own, this Stationery Guide can help. We've got sample wording which you can use or adapt for your own wedding stationery. And we've got advice for managing your guest list too.

  • Save the date cards
  • Invitations
  • Evening Invitations
  • Order of Service
  • Evening Invitations
  • Reply Cards
  • Gift List Information Cards
  • Gift List & General Information Cards
  • Thank You Cards
  • Managing your guest list online
  • Guide to printing your own stationery
  • Wedding Stationery Suppliers
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    Save the date cards

    We're getting married!
    Please reserve the date of
    DATE
    for our wedding
    in GENERAL LOCATION
    Invitations and details will follow
    NAME and NAME

    Top Tips!

  • If you set your wedding date far in advance, you may want to send a ''Save the date'' card to make sure your guests remember to keep that day free.
  • If you have started to add information to your free wedding website at Nearly Married, why not add this to your Save the Date cards so that guests know where to get more details? ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Invitations

    NAMES
    request the pleasure of the company of
    GUEST
    at the marriage of their daughter
    BRIDE
    with
    GROOM
    at VENUE
    on DATE
    at TIME
    and afterwards at the
    RECEPTION VENUE

    R.S.V.P.
    ADDRESS

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    Evening Invitations

    NAMES
    request the pleasure of the company of
    GUEST NAME
    to celebrate the marriage of their daughter
    BRIDE
    with
    GROOM
    at an Evening Reception to be held at
    VENUE
    on DATE
    at TIME


    R.S.V.P. ADDRESS

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    Order of Service

    Marriage of
    BRIDE
    with
    GROOM


    LOCATION
    DATE
    TIME
    Minister: MINISTER'S NAME


    Order of Service
    Processional: Name...................... ...........Composer

    Hymn

    Reading

    The Marriage Ceremony

    Hymn

    Signing Of The Marriage Schedule

    Recessional: Name.............................. .................Composer

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    Reply Cards

    xxxxxxxx
    will / will not be able
    to accept the invitation
    to the marriage of
    NAME and NAME
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    Gift List information cards

    We can supply you with invitation insert cards which you can send out with your invitations. Our invitation insert cards are free of charge and will let your guests know how to find your gift list and wedding website. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Gift List & General Information cards

    If you would like to send an extra page of information with your invitations you could include: maps and directions, travel and transport help, accommodation options, gift list info, any restrictions on throwing confetti etc.

    Here is some sample text which you can use to let guests know about your gift list and wedding website:

    Our gift list and wedding website is available at www.nearlymarried.co.uk
    If it is password protected, the password is:

    To purchase offline please contact:
    Nearly Married Ltd.
    Tel: 0845 257 8529
    Fax: 0845 257 2817
    info@nearlymarried.co.uk

    All phone and fax calls are charged at the local call rate, wherever you are in the UK.

    Suggested Gift List Wording

    If you want to explain to your guests that they don't have to buy you a gift, or if you want to tell them a bit about your gift list here are some suggestions:
  • Please don't feel obliged to give us a gift - all we really want is to have a lovely wedding which we can share with our friends and family.
  • Your presence is more important than a present!
  • You probably know that we usually like to do things differently - so it might not be a surprise to you that our gift list is a little bit different too!
  • As we already have a lot of household items, we hope you won't mind us asking for money instead of traditional wedding gifts. We're planning to spend the money on:..
  • To celebrate our wedding we're going on a once-in-a-lifetime honeymoon which will give us memories we'll always remember. Our honeymoon gift list shows some of the trips we've got planned so you can see how we plan to use your kind wedding gift.
  • We've decided to set up a charity gift list. If you would like to give a gift, this is a perfect way for our wedding to help others less fortunate than us.
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    Thank You Cards

    We would both like to
    thank you for your kind wedding gift.
    NAME and NAME

    Top Tips!

  • An alternative to using pre-printed Thank You cards is to write each one individually - similar to any other thank you card which you might send.
  • Your gift list at Nearly Married has an option for you to keep a record of who you have sent thank you cards to - and you''ll quickly see who gave you what!
  • If you have received gifts of money from guests, why not include a picture of the item which you purchased with your thank you card.
  • If you are planning a long honeymoon, you may want to send out some thank you cards before your wedding - particularly if guests purchased gifts from your gift list well in advance of your wedding. But don't worry about sending out thank you cards a couple of months after your wedding if you have been away on a long honeymoon.
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    Managing your guest list online

    Once you have decided which guests to invite, we recommend that you manage your guest line online so that you won't have to re-type the information again. You'll need your guest list information for a number of reasons, such as:

  • Adding guest names to invitations
  • Preparing address labels for envelopes for invitations and thank you cards - and it's handy to have this info for other occasions such as Christmas cards or moving house cards
  • printing guest names on to placecards
  • Table plan - if you arrange to have a table plan prepared by a specialist supplier you can give them your CSV file with all the guest names in it
  • possibly providing a list of guest names to your wedding stationers and reception venue.
  • To make it easy for you to manage your guest list, there is a free Guest List tool which is available to couples who register their wedding with Nearly Married. You can add basic details such names or more detailed info such as their address, are they day or evening guests, are they attending etc.

    By keeping your online guest list up to date (for example, updating each guest's record when you know whether or not they will be attending your wedding) you can let your families access your online guest list for the latest information. So if your families want to know which relatives have accepted their invitations, they can log in to your wedding to find out.

    Once you've added your guest details you can export this information in the popular CSV format which means that you can amend and alter your file. So, for example, if your wedding stationers are including guest names on invitations and envelopes you can create the perfect file for them - and there will be no transcription errors.

    If you wish, you can also include your guest list in your free wedding website so that everyone can see it.

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    Guide to printing your own stationery

  • We recommend that you buy more stationery than you need as some will probably be wasted during your experiments!
  • Set up your template in your wordprocessing package to suit the type of stationery which you are creating. You'll need to add the page size of your card and the margins you want. Design the layout of your template with text size, font, style and colour.
  • Convert your document to a mailmerge document so that you will be able to merge guest information in to your document. Decide where you want each piece of merged information to appear in your document eg name, address etc.
  • Export guest information from the Nearly Married Guest List and merge it in to your document.
  • Check that everything looks OK then print!
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    Wedding Stationery Suppliers

  • Celebrations Plus - for wedding stationery and wedding accessories. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


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