If you haven’t read the Order of Service article this piece is a very much a compliment to it and you can read it on this wedding stationery blog.  Today we’re looking at how to keep your guests informed about your day through the use of stationery.  You’d probably expect no less on a wedding stationery blog!  So I won’t be suggesting you get a megaphone from a hire centre and give it to the best man.  It has to be said if you’re having an Order of Service that can solve your problems.  If not there are a few things you can do.  These could be called Order of the Day or Wedding Programs.

Why Bother?

Well strictly speaking you don’t have to.  Once your guests turn up they will probably expect to be there for the duration and they can generally work out the gist of things for themselves.  I personally as a guest like to know where I’m going and when I should be somewhere.  I don’t want to be the person who enters the wedding breakfast after the bride and groom have made their big entrance because I thought I’d like to explore the grounds of the venue or freshen up in my room (if at a hotel) as I didn’t realise there wasn’t a big break for photos.  Also it let’s people know when they’ll be eating.  I think that’s a good idea, stops grumbling from people and their bellies. While people can also pace what they drink or buy crisps from the bar if they feel they need to (I’m good, I wait for my meal! well at least if the choice is crisps).  It also means people should be less likely to miss moments they want to see like first dances and cake cutting.  Admittedly you may want to keep things fluid.  You may not want to list everything exactly but caterers will need times to work to for hot food.  Even press ganged friends if you’re putting on your own thing might want a bit of clue what to work.  Cooking for lots of people is a bit of a juggernaut, especially for a sit down meal.

The Basics

The most basic thing is a time line or schedule of activities and their approximate time.  I can’t really advise on how to come up with the schedule, just how to present it to your guests.  You can put in as much or as little detail as you want.  Food times, moments you’ll want everyone assembled or at least when people may want to give them the chance to be present.  When the evening receptions starts and the end time are all good.  If you’re moving the celebrations on you may want to mention this to.

You could also add details of the bridal party.  Some people also give details of who may be doing readings during a civil ceremony.

How to do it?

There are three ways most of my clients deliver this information to their guests.  One is already mentioned and that’s tacking the information into an Order of Service.  The next is very similar and that’s using a stationery item just like the Order of Service.  That being the Wedding Program or Order of the Day.  These are your traditional book like booklets.  Card covers, with paper pages inside.  We normally find A5 with 4 pages is more than enough to accommodate everything you need.  The size could be reduced though to A6 or an item half way between the two.

Example inside wedding program program or order of the day booklet
Example inside wedding program program or order of the day booklet

We do often manage though to fit a lot of information on to an A5 side and many clients go for a single sided A5 sheet of card that is still styled to match the rest of their stationery.  This is a pretty economical option.

Example program or order of the day - from the Miami stationery collection
Example program or order of the day – from the Miami stationery collection

If you don’t want to be quite so traditional our Bifold and Trifold cards would make very sexy Wedding Programs!   We could copy hand outs, the type you may find in an office with staples in the top corner.  We don’t have to use staples to fasten it though, could use ribbon, brass or metal fasteners, some very vintage twine!  So many possibilities.

A bifold invite used as a wedding program.  Stationery range collection Reggio Emilia
A bifold invite used as a wedding program. Stationery range collection Reggio Emilia

A bit more out of left field why not consider doing something similar to a table plan?  Instead of making lots of items for your guests to carry around you could put all the information in one place.  Something like a poster or a big canvas print could look great and keep your guests informed.

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