You're invited

Choose beautifully designed wedding stationery that will set the tone for the entire day.

The moment your guests slip the invitations from their envelopes they will form an idea of the style of your wedding day, so it’s important the design reflects the right tone.

Traditional black embossed printing on white card will signify a sophisticated and high-class event while handmade invitations will tell your guests to expect lots of homespun touches.

Flowers or nature-inspired motifs set the scene for a country celebration while creative use of typography goes hand in hand with an urban venue.

Stationery shown left available from Marks and Spencer, www.marksandspencer.com

Get personal

There is no shortage of beautiful designs to choose from in the shops and online, many of which can be customised with different typefaces or coloured ribbon.

For the ultimate personal touch, go bespoke with an illustration of your wedding venue or a monogram of your entwined initials. If you have your heart set on professionally printed stationery but you can’t afford the price tag, look for companies that will design it for you and then send you all the ribbons and embellishments you’ll need to assemble it yourself at home.

You should aim to send out your invitations no less than six weeks in advance of the big day, although if you’re getting married during the summer months it’s best to allow three months so that people can plan any holidays round it.

Ask guests to respond in plenty of time, to give you time to finalise numbers with your caterers and draw up a seating plan. Including a stamped-addressed RSVP card can help prompt a speedy reply.

Stationery shown below by JNP Stationery, www.jnpprint.co.uk

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