Wedding Stationery Tips from Clare Gray Designs
I’m Clare from Clare Gray Designs. I design and make pretty paper for weddings and events, as well as running a sister business, Clare Gray Makes selling cards, gifts and macrame.
I am a lover of paper, if you’ve lost me I can be found in the nearest stationery store, stroking all the pretty paper samples. I worked for six years managing an independent deli and restaurant after graduating, before deciding it was time to put my design degree to good use and pursue my love for graphics and print. I set up my business in January 2019 and am loving the flexibility of running my own business, both working from home, and being able to make whatever I feel like making, cards, prints, macrame, stationery...
My stationery style is modern bold lettering, eye catching foil and colour combinations, and layered tactile cardstocks. New for 2020 I am offering all couples the choice to print their wedding stationery using eco friendly toners and vegetable inks, because working in sustainable ways and offering an eco friendly service is really important to me, and to our planet.
As a stationer I have loads of great tips and advice for how you can use stationery in your
wedding, here are just a few:
Paper vs Digital Invites?
I’d always vote for paper personally, for me nothing beats a beautifully hand lettered envelope through the letterbox, you just know its going to contain exciting post. Wedding websites are a great way to keep track of all your guests, to give detailed information about the venue, provide links to accommodation, your gift list etc. Even with a wedding website, I’d still recommend sending out a paired back invitation, just with your names, the date, and a link to your website.
That way you still have the excitement of sending out happy post to all your guests, and they have a pretty keepsake for your day, plus it will act as a helpful reminder of your wedding link for the digitally challenged!
Worried about your budget?
Tell me what your budget is for invitations and day stationery! Most stationers use several different printing methods to cater for different budgets, a great stationer will be able to design something beautiful for you whatever your budget. I usually recommend spending about 5% of your total wedding budget on stationery, including all your on the day stationery and signage, but this is just a guide. Don’t be shy, have the money chat.
Photo: Seyda Karimpour Photographer
Not sure how to word your invite?
I spend my days writing out invitations, I can help you with wording, if for example you don’t want to invite kids to your wedding, or would like to ask guests for money towards a honeymoon fund, I can help you phrase this politely. Not sure what details to include on your information/details/rsvp cards? I can advise on this too.
Skip the save the dates
Don’t get me wrong, I love the stylish impact of a save the date, if stationery excites you and you have the budget for save the dates, go for it! But do you really need to send them if you don’t want to or haven’t budgeted for it? Unless you’re having a destination wedding, are getting married on week day or bank holiday, or have friends & relatives travelling from far flung countries, you can probably save yourself a few pennies and skip straight to the invite.
Don’t forget the ‘on the day stationery’
Those little extra touches, all matching your colour scheme/theme really make the day. Of course you will still get married and have a great party without any styled day stationery, but adding menus, signs and place cards needn’t cost the earth, and can make a huge difference to the look of your tables and the feel of your day, giving everything that extra wow-factor.
The options are endless and you really could get carried away... and I do... BUT the on the day stationary items that you absolutely cannot do without for a seated wedding breakfast are;
A table plan or escort cards,
Table numbers/names, and,
These are fairly essential items that help your guests find their seat, so don’t forget to save room for these items in your stationery budget. Get in touch with your stationer a minimum of 12 weeks before your wedding day to order.
Photo: Tatum Reid Photographer
Final words of wisdom
Don’t wait to get in touch, my diary fills up quickly, so do get in touch asap. Even if you’re not sure what you want, I can book a slot in the diary for later in the year for us to catch up.
If you were hoping to meet me at the Rustic Wedding Show this April, unfortunately I am no longer
able to be there. Please do get in touch with your name, wedding date, wedding theme/colours
and your UK postal address and I will send you some free stationery samples. Happy planning