Destination wedding stationery
My guest blog for this month is Vaishali from Anaya Cards.
So, you’re having a destination wedding – wonderful! More and more couples are choosing to tie the knot away from home and taking their guests for a fantastic experience abroad.
Once you’ve chosen your preferred destination, you’ll have to start thinking about the stationery and its theme. There are various ways to approach finding the perfect theme for your wedding stationery. You can look to the country, city or venue to provide that important initial spark of inspiration for your save the date or invitation, which will also be the very first impression on your guests and will set the scene for its style, tone and location. This will complement the menu, place cards, seating plan, and other elements within the suite of stationery.
Choose your theme
You may want to choose a travel theme. Build excitement and anticipation for your guests by having the save the date as a luggage tag and a boarding pass or mock passport for an invitation which could later become a keepsake for guests. You could also have a card with an illustration of colourful suitcases piled on top of each other. Your wedding ceremony program or order of service could include your photos with images of your travel destination and a short message of a special memory of that place.
If you’re going somewhere warm, exotic and tropical, give your stationery some tropical vibes and bright colours and patterns. Shades of yellow, orange, fuchsia and green are some of our favourites and work great with watercolours or bright contrasts. For a beach wedding, your wedding ceremony program could be in the shape of a fan. Sure to keep your guests nice and cool – practical and playful.
We have designed stationery for a client who got married in Tuscany, Italy. The venue was surrounded by beautiful lemon groves, so we used lemons as design inspiration and incorporated them throughout the stationery suite.
Why not include the colours of the country’s flag or a bird or flower associated with the location? Have the stationery scented with a particular fragrance associated with the country, e.g. for a wedding in Morocco you could have a spicy, exotic scent. Your invitation could also include an aspect of your own culture or heritage in addition to that of the location of the wedding.
Your invitation could also include a bespoke illustration of the venue or country. It could be a cityscape e.g. for New York it could be the skyline or the Statue of Liberty; for Paris, the Eiffel Tower; for Rome, the Coliseum.
If you’re having a winter destination wedding, how about a ski pass as a save the date? Or a scratch off save the date where the destination is revealed only when the guest rubs off the hidden section. Fun and imaginative!
There are no set rules about what your wedding stationery should include and look like. It’s up to you and your preference, as long as your personality shines through.
Little extras with big impact
Wedding favours could also be representative of the country where you are getting married and become keepsakes of the wedding, e.g. we had a wedding in Provence, France where the favours were lavender soaps which were sourced locally.
Why not include a few words in the language of your destination – either in the save the date or invitation, e.g. ‘bienvenue’ for France or ‘aloha’ for Hawaii. It’s fun and brings the local culture into your stationery. You could also include quotations from famous authors or poets from your own culture or from the culture where you are getting married.
A monogram specially designed for your wedding could incorporate elements of the destination, e.g. palm leaf or sprig of lavender. Be creative.
Lined envelopes which match the theme of your stationery would add a real touch of elegance, e.g. palm leaf pattern for a tropical location. What about a wax seal with infused spices for an exotic location or a sprig of lavender for a Mediterranean destination? Imagine the excitement (and fragrance!) as your guests open the invitation!
In addition to wording such as ‘beach chic’ for the dress code, you should mention any do’s and don’ts that apply to certain countries to keep your friends informed and prevent faux pas. For example, for an Indian wedding, black is considered an inauspicious colour to wear for the wedding ceremony. For a middle eastern wedding, one may need to cover one’s head or shoulders. So, it is very useful to have an information sheet detailing the things to do and avoid. If you are having a wedding website, then such details can be mentioned there. The aim is to inform your guests well in advance so they are well prepared…and can pack accordingly.
Have a welcome pack waiting for your guests in their room as they arrive at the hotel. It is a lovely personal touch. Together with some tasty local treats, have an FAQ or information sheet with interesting facts about the location; shops, tourist sites to visit, restaurants and other useful information together with relevant phone numbers. Your guests could have travelled far and may want to take some time off before or after the wedding to relax and explore the location. Most of the guests will have the same questions and need the same information, so a nicely presented information sheet would show forethought on your part and they’re sure to appreciate your thoughtfulness.
6-12 months before the wedding is the typical timescale for mailing save the dates. When you are planning a destination wedding, giving your guests more notice is advisable, so they can make holiday plans as needed – for example taking time off work or arranging childcare.
Invitations are usually sent out 2-4 months before the wedding, or earlier if you are hosting a destination wedding.
If you are having a few days of celebrations, do let your guests know at the time of sending out the invitations so they are fully informed before making their travel plans.
We hope you found these ideas and information useful and inspiring. At Ananya, we love designing stationery for destination weddings – it gets our creative juices flowing and our imagination soaring.
If you would like any further information on wedding stationery, please contact Vaishali Shah at Ananya for more information.
Tel: +44 (0)20 7242 1877