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Menu booklet with name card, floral design in yellow/gold

When it comes to Bespoke Wedding Invitations and Wedding Stationery there’s a lot of questions Brides and Grooms can have.  This article attempts to list all my advice pieces from my own blog and where I have written for English Wedding Blog for Invitations, Day stationery and general wedding advice and inspiration. You may find some other articles listing these seperately but I thought it would be useful to list everything in one place!

You can visit my stationery website Artemis Stationery here

Advice for Invitations

Invitation and Stationery Buying Advice

When to send wedding invitations

Invitation text and optional information to include in your Invitations

Cost Saving advice for Inviting your guests

9 mistakes to avoid with your invitations

Types of Wedding Invitations

Gift lists and Asking for Money

Do I need Save the Dates


Day Stationery Advice

When it comes to Wedding Day Stationery like Orders of Service, Menus, Programs, Place names and Table Plans there’s a lot of questions Brides and Grooms can have. The following article attempts to list all my advice pieces.


Large bifold invitation with illustration of Saunton Sands Hotel
Place card with illustration of Saunton Sands Hotel

Advice for Stationery on Your Wedding Day

About Wedding Programs and Order of the Day

Orders of Service and Organising your Guests

Quantities of Day Stationery to Order

Quantities of Menus

Table Plans and Table Plan Emergencies



General Wedding and Wedding Stationery advice

Large bifold wedding invitation and place name showing Saunton Sands Hotel in Devon.
Large bifold wedding invitation and place name showing Saunton Sands Hotel in Devon.

This part attempts to list all my advice pieces for general wedding stationery, such as colours, style, buying advice, posting and more.Stationery Buying Advice


Wedding Colour Inspiration

Branding your Wedding

Summer Wedding Table Name Ideas

Christmas and Winter Table Name Ideas

Vintage Styling Advice for Stationery

Crafting Advice
Part 1, general and printing http://asinvites.com/weddings/stationeryadvice/diy-wedding-invitation-advice/
Part 2, paper, card and glue http://asinvites.com/weddings/stationeryadvice/diy-wedding-invitation-advice/
Part 3, embellishments and tools http://asinvites.com/weddings/stationeryadvice/wedding-stationery-crafting-advice/

Posting your Invitations

How ordering bespoke stationery can work


That’s all for now, think I’ve missed something?  Then get in touch and let me know and if I can add it I will! 🙂

Floral ideas from Epcot Flower & Garden Festival

On a recent holiday I was lucky to inadvertently visit Epcot in Walt Disney World Florida while a flower festival was on.  This should explain the topiary version of Buzz Lightyear above!  Disney characters were dotted all around the rest of the park and these were actually pretty cool.  There was everything from classics like Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Goofy.  To more recent characters like Lightning Macqueen Mater from Cars.  But it’s broader floral ideas I want to share.

Floral Ideas

As well as all the characters liberally spread around the park there were swathes of flowers that I think were over and above the excellent flower borders and features.  There was a pavilion which had many displays on.  These make up the main part of this post and I think are all by the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs.  I’m not sure that all will be to current mainstream UK wedding tastes but there are quite a few different ideas to what I normally see on wedding blogs.  These could be good if you don’t want to be too samey.  Or maybe you’re looking for ideas for making your own centre pieces.  Just remember I’m a stationery person talking about flowers. I have no real floral expertise other than having spent several years in the wedding industry and having seen a heck of a lot of blogs.

A fun and engertic display by Parke Finold mixing natural and man made elements and textures
A fun and engertic display by Parke Finold mixing natural and man made elements and textures
Tropical looking display by Joan Graff
Tropical looking display by Joan Graff

Submerged flowers I have seen a fair bit on Pinterest.  I’m not sure how easily this could be DIY’d but might be worth an experiment fair enough ahead of your wedding that there’s still time to book something with a florist if all does not go well. The gold fish bowl used in one the displays with no water in is probably easier to use an idea.

Underwater themed display by Suzy Valentine
Underwater themed display by Suzy Valentine
Underwater themed display by Pam Cangialosi, I like how the perspex twirl links it together
Underwater themed display by Pam Cangialosi, I like how the perspex twirl links it together
Underwater themed display by Lorraine Gabler I could see suiting a lot of wedding
Underwater themed display by Lorraine Gabler I could see suiting a lot of wedding
Underwater themed display by Penny Decker, really like the gold fish bowl
Underwater themed display by Penny Decker, really like the gold fish bowl

I’m not sure if many florists I know will be rushing to buy Perspex this year or next.  Though if you are looking for something different I like how metal work could feature. 

Black and white flower display by Carole Martin
Black and white flower display by Carole Martin
Almost verging on steam punk
Almost verging on steam punk, a floral display by Mayfair Hydro. Makes me remember centre pieces need not always be flowers

I also saw that one of the pieces featured a painted palm leaf – at least I think it was palm leaf but what it is matters less than the idea.  Painting something, whether on plants for those who can paint or know someone who can could be a good way of combining table centres with table names.  If you have kids this could be a way of involving them.  Though that may depend on their skill and how particular you are about the finished result.

Creative painted floral display by Betty Moore
Creative painted floral display by Betty Moore

There was also quite a trend of spary painting things.  Now spray painting twigs silver or gold normally looks good at Christmas and looks very decorative.  Of course make sure you are allowed to gather whatever twigs you might go for.  Although you could always just buy them at Christmas and try and keep them till the wedding.

Painted palms and bird box to compliment the flowers by Rosemary Comtois
Painted palms and bird box to compliment the flowers by Rosemary Comtois
Very tall display by Margaret Kirkpatrick
Very tall display by Margaret Kirkpatrick
Very imaginative blend of flowers and structure Lorene Junkin
Very imaginative blend of flowers and structure Lorene Junkin

I was quite struck by some of the futuristic looking vases.  There’s nothing saying you couldn’t just get a series of vases you really like.  Whether you buy, rent or borrow and fill with flowers.  If your buying from a supermarket though youc could talk to them about ordering specific one’s in.  Some may be able to or just get there early a day or two before the wedding.  Though you may have to be flexible eclectic in what you go for.  This can work with all wedding styles I can think of, with single large vase or several smaller ones.  M&S, Ikea, John Lewis, many places could supply them new.  Maybe check the sales for bargains, their websites may make it easier to get them in greater quantity.  Second hand shops, car boot sales etc could be sources for one off bargains.  This might go with more eclectic styles of weddings like vintage and shabby chic.

I think this a vase - love the squiggly shiny look with the painted twigs and orchids by Inez Brooker
I think this a vase – love the squiggly shiny look with the painted twigs and orchids by Inez Brooker
Loving this unique looking vase - display by Susan Slater
Loving this unique looking vase – display by Susan Slater

Final thoughts

That’s about it for floral wedding ideas from my holiday snaps.  Chances are next post will be back about stationery.  If you would like to visit my stationery website where oodles of wedding stationery and invitations that can be seen at Artemis Stationery Artemis Stationery.  Lots of wedding invitations and all manner of day stationery can be seen there.  If you fancy seeing more floral inspiration I did take some photos of some fabric patterns.  They didn’t come out terribly well but you can see them here of the site.  They’re definitely very bright and fun.


More photos from the displays can also be seen on the Federation of Florida Garden Clubs website. There were a lot of great displays I didn’t get a good or more like useable photo of.

So instead we’ll sign of with a flower and garden festival troll from the Norway pavilion looking slightly stunned but also waving good bye!

Bye bye troll - Norway in Epcot
Bye bye troll – Norway in Epcot

Beach Theme Table Names

Coast and Beach Wedding Table Name Ideas

Beaches and the coast in general make great settings for weddings.  They’re often such dynamic and beautiful natural landscapes.  This makes them hugely attractive places to get married.  If you fancy your luck with the weather who wouldn’t fancy stepping out with the newly married other half on a gorgeous beach with the waves sparkling in the sunlight.  This article isn’t to convince you to marry on the coast but it is to help with beach wedding table name ideas if you’ve decided to take the plunge there.  Or at least style your wedding with this theme.  Beach and coastal weddings are under the spot light today on the blog as summer is approaching and summer sometimes lends itself to making the most of our great beaches.  But we’ll also soon be launching a new stationery range based on the Great British seaside.  So I thought it would be a good idea to take a look at table name ideas for weddings either styled or located at the beach or on the coast.  When the new bespoke stationery collection is released you will be able to find it on our stationery website or our facebook page .

Beach Theme Table Names

Choosing table names can be tricky, I often get asked for ideas so even if these aren’t used hopefully they’ll provide inspiration and help get the beach ball rolling.  Beaches and the coast have a lot going on, whether it be leisure or people working.  There’s a lot of sights and sounds and anything could be a good base for table name ideas for a beach styled wedding. The first group of name ideas is activities.

Beach Activities

  • Wind surfing
  • Surfing
  • Sand castles
  • Sun Bathing
  • Swimming
  • Snorkelling
  • Pedallos
  • Boules
  • Kite Boarding
  • Picnics
  • BBQ’s
  • Fishing

There’s also a lot to see on the beach and I don’t seem to have been too imaginative with this, mostly going for options that can be bought from shops.

Beach Items & sights

  • Deck Chairs
  • Buck and Spade
  • Towel
  • Lilo
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun block
  • Picnic
  • Flip flops
  • Flotsam and jestsam
  • Sand
  • Pebbles
  • Piers
  • Groins
  • Shells
  • Sand Dollars (not UK)
  • Crabs
  • Seagulls
  • Fish
  • Fishing Boats
  • Life Boat
  • Surf boards

There’s a second part to this post which has some different ideas and takes a little more global theme.  You can see it here.  If your keen to look into the beach theme some more check out our Pinterest Board.

Maps for Invitations

Florence Trifold Wedding Invitation sample showing an example map

Maps, they can be useful.  They can help your guests find their way to your wedding.  They can also be decorative and break up otherwise what might be a mass of text. While showing you have had a custom map done can be a feather in your invitations proverbial cap.  Even if in the age of Sat Navs, phone apps and online maps they’re probably not as important as they used to be I still think it’s a good thing when an invitation can be reasonably self-contained and give a guest reading it a fair idea of what and where they’re be invited.

At Artemis Stationery three of our bespoke invitation types come with maps included in the price.  These are the Booklet, Trifold and Bifold Invitations and 90% of these invitations I design include them.  You can also add maps to other invitation types, normally for free if it’s an evening invitation and there already has been a map done for a day invitation or if not there is a small fee.

The maps don’t tend to show every road in the area but show the main roads and the important roads (not always the same thing) as well as landmarks and features.  I try and make sure that nearby motorway junctions are either shown or indicated and most importantly I make sure they fit in with the design of the invitation.

If you’ve received samples of any of the Booklet, Trifold or Bifold invitations you’re probably familiar with the sample map.  It’s based on a map I did for a friend’s wedding.  It was at Sherborne Castle but they had lots of guests staying in the town so the map had to show the relationship between the Castle and locations in the town.  This post has some other maps that have been done over the years.

Interested in Artemis Stationery’s products, visit the website today!

Atholl Palace Map
Atholl Palace Map
Clandeboye Lodge Map in Northern Ireland
Clandeboye Lodge Map in Northern Ireland
Essex Map
Essex Map
Langley Castle Map
Langley Castle Map
Poole Church and Venue Map
Poole Church and Venue Map
Newcastle city centre map
Newcastle city centre map

Artemis Stationery in 2013

London, Tower Bridge Menu

This year has already seen some changes for Artemis Stationery with the new blog being launched.  The blog has moved from Blogger to WordPress and now has its own domain name which is ASinvites.com.  The blog aside from insanely busy times will be updated at least twice a week though there is a lot of new blog posts planned for January.

It well continue to feature the regular items like examples of our stationery and projects, stationery advice and inspiration.  Along with new feature items.  The first of these will be items that can be downloaded and printed for free.

Of course being a stationery business there is new stationery ranges coming.  It’s all gone quite seaside with a classic British sea side town inspired design and a Greek island design featuring the famous white buildings and blue roofs is being worked on.  We also have a London design coming (menu design shown above) while birds and polka dots also look set to feature this year.  We’re also expanding the types of items we make.  Even if they are not listed with a bit of time we can normally make most things.  Luggage tags will be one of the first new items listed having been designed and made for two clients already.  If you’re interested in anything that is being worked on but isn’t yet listed unless it’s required very quickly it is likely they could be ordered.

Finally and perhaps quite exciting for us is a new website.  We hope the new website will better showcase the stationery but it should be much more usable for tablets and smart phones.

Art Deco fonts for bespoke stationery

Art Deco fonts for wedding invitations
This post is going to be unusually short and sweet!  Probably, today I’d like to talk fonts and Art Deco.  Art Deco has been increasingly popular recently, much of this interest probably spiked by the big budget remake of the Great Gatsby.  With a big A list cast featuring Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan, Leonardo DiCaprio and Isla Fisher it has brought the boom time of the 1920’s to many minds.  If you’d like to know more about Art Deco see my quick guide to it here.  The film is now due for a May release having been originally planned for a Christmas release, maybe they were scared off by the Hobbit!
Art Deco Table Name Tent
Art Deco Table Name Tent
Back to fonts, fonts are great such a wide variety and one of the easiest way to style stationery.  At Artemis Stationery I’ll happily use any font I can to make something bespoke and suit the needs of whomever I’m working with.  It can really change the style of an invitation from modern to vintage for example.  Though we do try and stick to fonts that don’t have to be bought in to use to keep costs down for our clients.  There’s so many great free fonts around normally you don’t have to buy a font to achieve a great look.  Underneath here is a list of Art Deco fonts showing what they look like.  It is the list of fonts we suggest on our own website, the one’s freely available on the web (I found them on font squirrel) have been indicated.  If you’d like to know more about ordering stationery with Artemis Stationery and how we make our stationery personal hop on over to the website now.
Capri table name tent
Capri table name tent

Suggestions for text for Evening Wedding Invitations

Small funky wedding invitations featuring dots, ideal for use as evening invitations
The following are suggestions on how you can word an evening invitation if the invitation is coming from the Bride and Groom.  This is normally the case when the Bride and Groom are paying for most of the wedding their selves or when family politics such as a divorce means mentioning the parents is best avoided for fear of upsetting anyone or where both sets of parents are contributing along with the Bride and Groom.
There is a mixture of formal and less formal wordings for the invite and I would recommend that if you want a less formal sounding invite to phrase things that sound right for you as it is your day and celebration and should reflect yourselves.
If an rsvp is being enclosed it may not be necessary to mention the rsvp section as those details may be on the separate RSVP.
Please note, although you can use any wording you want on the front of an evening wedding invitation many people choose ‘Evening Invitation’

Example 1.

Guest(s) name(s)
Bride’s name
Groom’s name
request the pleasure of your company at an evening reception
to celebrate their marriage
on Day  Date, Month, Year
at Name of Venue at time
Please RSVP by Date
Name and address of who to send it to and where

Example 2.

Bride’s name
Groom’s name
Request the pleasure of the company of
Guest(s) names(s)
To attend their wedding evening reception
to be celebrated at Time, Day, Date, Month, Year at Venue
Dancing shoes essential;)
Please RSVP by Date
Name and address of who to send it to and where

Example 3.

Bride’s name and Groom’s name
Request the pleasure of the company of
Guest(s) name(s)
For an evening of celebration and dancing.
At Venue, Road, Town/City
On Saturday 10th September 2011 at 7pm
 Venue, Road, Town or city
We would be honoured to have you with us on our wedding day
Please RSVP by August 10th2011
Name and address of who to send it to and where

Example 4.

Bride’s name
Groom’s name
Hope Guest(s) name(s) will join them
For a night of fun and frolics at
An Evening reception to celebrate their Marriage
On Day, Date, Month, Year
With drinks, dinner and dancing at
Venue Name
Venue Address

Wedding Table Names, Themes, Ideas and Suggestions

Sienna wedding table name

Choosing your table names at your wedding can be a surprisingly difficult task. Firstly I have to state there’s nothing wrong with numbers. They’re functional, easy to understand but your unlikely to win any prizes for imagination for these but then there are no prizes for imagination – though you may get compliments. So this article is not trying to be a definitive list of table naming schemes. Instead it’s meant to give a wide range of different ideas with some examples to start your imagination working.

Why should you consider names over numbers? Well it’s a real chance to put a personal stamp on your wedding and say something about yourselves.

The significant places option – this can be everything from hometowns, where you studied, where you have relatives, anywhere that’s significant
Cambridge, Oxford, Queen Camel
Guildford, London, Cardiff

The Holidays option, this can be combined with the above scheme as necessary and can be lots of different holidays or maybe several locations from one holiday.
Example 1: Florida, Antigua, Barcelona, Tuscany
Example 2: Orlando, Kissimee, Tampa, Cape Canaveral, Miami, Everglades

The favourites option, this can be anything like favourite foods, films, books, authors, anything!
Example 1: Chocolate, Caramel, Grapes, Strawberries, Scones, Steak
Example 2: The Hobbit, Cloud Atlas, Hamlet, Guards Guards Guards
Example 3: Indiana Jones, The God Father, Spirited Away, Toy Story

Sweets or fruit, this could be covered by above but I want to mention it separately as it lends itself to using bowls of fruit or sweets as table directions. E.g. why not have a bowl of Jelly Babies on the Jelly Baby table? Sweets are easy to adapt to a theme to as you can have classic sweets or ones from your childhoods.
Example 1: Jelly Babies, Buttons, Skittles, M&M’s
Example 2: Plums, Apricots, Strawberries, Tangerines
Example 3: Cola bottles, Liquorice All Sorts, Sherbet Dips, Gold Coins

The Quiz Option, why not make it fun and not entirely predictable. Your table plan can be fun and interactive, instead of names on the Table Plan why not ask Questions where the names on the tables are the answers. You can give the answers to your little Bridesmaids or other parties so the answers are out there but if you have place names people will be able to know where they should be sitting.
Example: Where did the Groom go to University, Table Name: Exeter
Example: Where did Jon and Laura get engaged, Table Name: The Cotswolds
Example: Where is Jon and Laura’s honeymoon, Table Name: Barbados

The Pairs options, why not have a bit of fun like the Quiz and have pairs of things so the table plan would have one half on and the table name would be the other.
Examples: Plan Cagney – Table Lacey, Plan Romeo – Table Juliet, Plan Strawberries – Table Cream, Plan Fish – Table Chips
For an extra personal twist why not choose things based on your names so use things with the same first letters. E.g. using if you were C&O (Chris and Oriane) then Cheese and Onion would fit this.

Colour Options, this can be personal or not and there are lots of interesting colour names out there. I would advise making this personal and find good sounding names based on your colour theme. E.g. if you have a blue and pink colour theme then use names of shades of blue and pink. Wikipedia is a great source of these names.
Example: Cobalt, Sky, Sapphire, Celeste, Persian

Greek Classic Options, these could be based on the names of ancient Greek cities, mythology, or even the alphabet.
Example 1: Athens, Sparta, Thebes, Corinth
Example 2: Apollo, Athena, Zeus, Artemis
Example 3: Omega, Rho, Omicron, Gamma

The Sky options, why not draw inspiration from looking up by choosing names of stars, planets, constellations or types of clouds.
Example 1: Rigel, Sirius, Betelgeuse, Polaris
Example 2: Mars, Venus, Jupiter, Neptune
Example 3: Libra, Gemini, Taurus, Andromeda, Triangulum
Example 4: Cirrus, Cirrocumulus, Stratus, Cumulus, Noctilucent

Classic Film Options, why not go to Hollywood and choose films or actors and actresses who are well known for classic tales of love and romance.
Example 1: Hepburn, Bogart, Sinartra, Gene Kelly, Leonardo Di Caprio
Example 2: Casablanca, Gone with the Wind, Breakfast at Tiffanys

Big Fat Colour Post – how to find colour inspiration for your wedding

Colourful booklet wedding invitations

At some point it has to happen, when planning a wedding sooner or later you’re going to have finalise a colour scheme and sometimes it’s the stationery that forces that decision especially if you’re using Save the Date cards. At other times it might be the flowers, brides maid dresses, cake or other items that make you finally settle on one idea.

Perhaps the people who have it easiest are those who have a favourite colour that their partner either agrees or at least doesn’t vehemently dislike or could be persuaded to. There’s no doubt this is what they want to use and indecisive individuals such as me are very jealous as it avoids lots of pondering, reflection and second guessing. If this is the position you find yourself in you probably just have to decide if you want to use any other colours with your main colour. This can be very effective and should be considered and I’ll list later some resources that really could help. You may want to wait for the second of my articles on colour called matching colours for geeks.

Seasonal Inspiration
The seasons or rather the alleged/supposed seasons as well we all know in the UK they have a habit of not really living up to their stereo types, especially when the hottest day of the year is in the Autumn. But the short comings of British weather aside the seasons of Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter can be a very good basis for a wedding colour scheme. It’s a little like chefs saying by what’s in season – although from an environmental point of view your colour choices are far less likely to be of any consequence over buying something grown locally or that’s flown in from far away.

Spring is about freshness and new life. You have a lot of light natural colours but they’re not full on or primary as life although on the up is probably delicate and still on the edge while the mornings can see the odd frost and misty mornings are still quite common. So pastel greens, blues, pinks, yellows are very good and appropriate. You could also base your decisions on flowers that typically flower at this time, especially for a very natural feeling wedding.

Summer in many ways is the pinnacle of the year, when life is at its fullest and most vital. The weather should in theory be sunny, flowers should abound and the sky should mostly blue and not grey. It is the time of year when you can be most full on with colours and wield primary greens, blues, pinks, oranges, and yellows. So it’s basically like spring without needing to be so muted – although there’s nothing wrong if you do want to tone them down a bit and use more pastel versions.

Autumn is really a time of change which to my mind is quite transient and short lived as summer can last until October really and when that’s the case you can go from 30 degree sunshine to 0 degrees at night really quickly and I often think that Autumn is really just the time between when it’s definitely Summer and when it’s definitely Winter oh and in some places the leaves fall off the tree and it’s quite pretty! It’s the leaves falling off the tree which forms the basis for many an autumn colour scheme. So we’re talking oranges, reds, yellows and browns, not quite primary and maybe a bit darker. You also have berries coming in season at this time to.

This is perhaps the best time of year to get married from the point of view from choice of seasonal colour schemes. Christmas being at this time of year adds another lot of choices if your wedding is in December or late November. Ignoring Christmas briefly you have two ways of going. Essentially outside or inside – if that doesn’t make sense I shall explain. Outside, as in outside the home it’s of course a very cold time of year – we’ll ignore that it’s normally mild, wet and grey. So frosty colours do well, like very pale blues or even white for snow. Inside though it’s a time of fire and warmth and wrapping up. Dark reds or firey colours can come to the fore. If you add in xmas suddenly you can choose really rich colours like purples, reds like the colour of mulled wine, gold and silver being a decadent time of the wear.

What you like
As a designer sometimes I like a challenge and you might want to base your colour scheme on what you and your partner both like. Think about something you have in common and the colours that might be associated with it. When I mention a challenge the challenge with this is to take an idea not really based on colour and find a way to bring it to life as colours for your weddings. An easy example would be the sea. You have a multitude of blues and bluey greens, greys and white from breaking waves. If you decide beaches, it’s blues, yellows and any colour that you think sand or pebbles can be and maybe palm trees if you’re thinking of tropical beaches. Or what if your into diving – colours from coral reefs. There’s so much that can be done! Like starting with a favourite drink like wine, white, rose or red. There’s chocolate or even hot chocolate. I quite like the idea of creamy browns and marshmallowy pinks or whites.

Look around
If you’re not keen on a favourite colour or don’t have one. Don’t want to base it on the seasons and you haven’t come with anything appealing by thinking about what you like without resorting to very geeky methods in the next section then essentially you need to keep your eyes open. Look for inspiration anywhere, in gardens or the high street, wedding magazines and blogs, well in fact any magazines and blogs. Websites also often have carefully thought out colour schemes where someone else has done the hard work. You can find lists of good looking websites online to like this one. http://vandelaydesign.com/blog/galleries/blog-design-showcase/

Ideas for Booklet, Trifold, Pocketfold and Bifold Wedding Invitation Content

Inside of Reggio Emilia Bifold Invitation showing invitation wording and information

Ideas for Booklet, Trifold and other Wedding Invitation Content

Booklets and Trifold Invitations as well as pocket folds are fantastic looking Invitations which many people choose because they want to present a lot of information to their guests. This article will take you through the typical information that people often put in their invites. Also there are suggestions for when you want to use this type of Invitation but don’t know additional ideas for inclusion in the Invite.

Trifold cards typically have three internal panels for information and ours come with an additional detachable RSVP giving you a total of four areas to fill. Although on our Trifold cards you could also put something on the second cover as you have the external cover you open first and then a second internal cover before getting to the three internal panels. Booklet Invitations typically have a cover and then three additional pages, although there are versions with an extra page.

Typical Information

The Invitation
No one should forget this bit it’s the truly essential bit of the invite!

You may be able to put directions or a map into your invite. Although some suppliers will charge extra for doing a map, you also need to remember that you cannot use copyrighted maps so one will have to be drawn for you or maybe by you unless you purchase the right to reproduce the map you want to use. This means the maps will often be simplified so it pays to think about what is the main information you need to convey and which directions your guests will be coming from. In the UK if near a motorway it’s a good idea to show the motorway junction that’s best to use. This is where it can be useful that you are creating it as it doesn’t have to be strictly to scale.

This might be an actual RSVP which can be detached or at least a section detailing how to rsvp, the date you want to receive it by and the information you require. At its simplest this is where you want people to say if they’re coming. Other information that can be required depends on the wedding. For the wedding reception you may want to know if anyone has any special dietary requirements and if there is a menu choice you will need to see who wants to order what. If accommodation is available, depending on how the accommodation is being arranged you may wish to ask who wishes to book it.

Gift List or other Gift Arrangements
If you have a gift list in a store or online this is quite simple as you just need to give the relevant details. The store or website you have used will tell you exactly what information is needed to pass on. It’s also a good chance to explain that if you’re after money why you’re not wanting toasters and other utensils. There’s nothing wrong with being honest as most people will want to make sure whatever they give you is wanted. You might say something like you’ve been living together for several years and have most things involved in setting up home but such and such would be useful as you are planning…. Etc.

If you have guests coming from other areas of the country, from abroad or even if you just think people want to stay at or near the venue after the wedding you should think about giving information on where to stay. You may need to suggest cheap venues for people travelling on a budget or those who just want a bed for the night. Guests from abroad might want sign posting to places which will give them a good experience of the country. Other guests may want to celebrate through the night and so be keen to stay at the venue or where ever the majority of the wedding guests are staying. If places in the venue are limited you may want a say on who gets them so it may be wise to tie them in with the RSVP as you may want to give first opportunity to closer friends or family.

If you are having a choice at the wedding or before it will be a good idea to inform your guests what the choices may be. It’s also a good opportunity to ask people to let you know any special dietary requirements.

Not so typical

The first thing to say is be inventive, they are your invitations so what you say should go. If you are unsure about part or all of the get either family or close friends to help develop your ideas.

Poems and Text
Why not include a romantic poem or one on a theme which is relevant to the day. Text or verse can look very attractive incorporated into the design of a wedding invitation and it can also set the mood for the day. If you have written the poem yourself or know the author and have their permission (there may be conditions) then you’re free to reproduce the poem. Otherwise you may wish to choose one on which the copyright has expired (see link for guidance http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copyright#Copyright_term). If a poem is not appealing you could write a short bit about the proposal or how you met or something about the wedding day to come. This may be written in the style of a news-paper article or a story or you could include a simple personal message. This could say something like how much your looking forward to the wedding, that you think you have found a lovely venue which all your guests will enjoy and really want as many of your friends and relatives there as possible to celebrate with you on your wedding day.

You will probably want to stick to something relevant to the wedding. A picture of the bride and groom is always good, this could be processed to make it look black or white or like a painting if you don’t want a standard colour photo in your invitation. Other choices maybe something involved in the wedding like the venue or the type of flowers you’re having. There are similar copyright issues as listed above and even if you take the photo yourself you may still not have copyright, for example if you have taken a picture of the venue you should check with them first. Similarly though even if the picture is of you the copyright may be held by the person who took the photo if a professional photographer.